Beaver Dam, WI (920) 356-1578
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Relief from Sciatica and Low Back Pain
My name is John T. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September, 2014 because I was suffering from low back pain and sciatica. I had this problem for 6 years, 4 months, and 21 days. When the pain was at its worst it was more than a level 10 on a pain scale of 1 to 10. It has dropped me to the floor at home, while shopping in a store, and at ball games.
One time while I was praying at church I fell - bam - right on my face. The pain kept me from working and financial issues lead to arguments which strained my relationships with my family. The pain made it difficult to sleep more than one or two hours a night and I ended up feeling fatigued, irritable, hopeless, and depressed. I missed birthdays, Christmas, and other family functions because I hurt too much to attend.
I worked with 7 doctors, did 87 physical therapy visits, tried chiropractic treatments, and medications such as Diclofinac, Cyclobenzaprine, and Oxycodone. I ended up dependant on the narcotic pain meds while the other pills were ruining my liver and stomach.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 68% better. I feel fully charged and ready to take on the world. I can walk with my back straight, dance with my wife, and jog with my son. I crawl around on the floor with my daughter, watch her smile and laugh as I roll around with her on the floor. I can be intimate with my wife more often and with less pain.
During the treatments I could feel the energy of youth filling my veins and surging through my acupuncture channels. The clinic is stupendous and the staff is worth more than words can describe in this lifetime or any other. I would recommend acupuncture to the world at large because it is the one and only treatment that has given me my life back one treatment after another.
If you are hesitant about getting acupuncture stop being a worry wort. Make the leap across Western medicine and get treated by this most amazing medicine. The one and only way to go is Oriental medicine!!!
Relief After 15 Years of Back Pain
My name is Tom P. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in February of 2015 because I was suffering from chronic lower and mid back pain. I was also extremely anemic from hemorrhoid bleeding and constipation. Whenever I started to show a little progress, I would regress twice as fast. I was losing weight and could not plan anything for work or fun. I could barely to take care of myself and had to count on family and friends to help me out on a constant basis. It was difficult for me to sleep and I felt fatigued, depressed, irritable, and hopeless.
I tried surgery, physical therapy and chiropractic. I also tried medications such as Ibuprophen, Aleve, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Tramadol, Miralax and additional stool softeners for constipation.
I made some progress with a vitamin regimen, but was taken off of it by my Dr. because he thought it would not react well with my other medications. The physical therapy and all the medications never really amounted to much help and for 15 years I didnít get any better. I was bed-ridden for weeks at a time. My chiropractor told me that he had done all he could do for me.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after 2-3 treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. After a few weeks I was able to stop taking the pain medications and at this point in time my condition feels 70% better. I now feel like there is hope for my future. Now that I am improving physically I am now planning things and following through with my plans.
Herbs and Supplements recommended by Abundance Acupuncture have lead to tremendous improvements with my back pain, bleeding hemorrhoids and constipation. I am feeling less depressed, have been gaining weight, and I am finally getting stronger.
The clinic is great and the staff is wonderful! I recommend acupuncture to anyone who will listen because I have had great success so far and feel like I am on my way to almost a complete recovery.
Sciatica, Back, Knee, & Foot Pain
My name is Cindy T. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in January 2010 because I was suffering from serious pain in my sciatic nerve down the back of my left leg and pain in my low back. I also had terrible arthritis pain in my knees and feet. I had the sciatica for two months and the pain was intense when I was teaching or even just walking down the hall. It was increasingly difficult to function and I felt like I was 35 years older than I actually am. It interrupted my sleep and made me feel fatigued, depressed, and irritable. I couldnít exercise or go through my normal daily routines and I was no longer the happy, upbeat person that I usually am.
I tried medications but, pills are not always the answer. I had cortisone shots in my knees which made them feel better temporarily but, it only covered up the problem instead of correcting it. Even though I was apprehensive while driving to the clinic for my first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture, I felt significant improvements in my condition that day. At this point in time my condition feels 90% better. I now feel very appreciative for the help I have received and I am able to resume my activities at home and at school free of pain. Itís almost as if I have a new body again. My attitude and happiness has improved, I donít feel so old anymore, and I have also had significant improvement with the arthritis pain in my knee and foot.
During the treatments I felt completely relaxed knowing I was in very good hands! I looked forward to coming because it was a gift to myself. The clinic is clean, friendly, and relaxing and the staff is outstanding and highly professional. I love them all. They are like friends that are there to help. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone and everyone because it has helped to change my life.
From my first call to Margo I felt so at ease with her. I am a business education teacher and this office is everything I would expect a business to be, like I teach my students. They not only provide relief but they also educate. I wish traditional medical staff could always be like this. I am eternally grateful and would recommend them anytime!
With sincerity, love, and gratitude to these people,
Back & Shoulder Pain and Constipation
My name is Denise. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September 2008, because I was suffering from chronic low back pain and right shoulder pain. I had the shoulder pain for eight months and the back pain for four years. My back pain was constant and went up to a level 10 pain on a scale of 0-10. My shoulder pain was also constant, the pain went up to level 10, and I had a limited range of motion with that arm. These problems made it difficult for me to sleep, made me feel fatigued, and hopeless. It was difficult for me to play with my three year old son, work as a Registered Nurse, and the pain interfered with my general activities of daily living.
I tried medications such as Vicodin and Ibuprofen but they made me feel like a zombie. I also tried physical therapy and chiropractic, but I always felt worse after treatments and at times I missed months of work.
During my first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture I was asked to raise my arm with the restricted shoulder and I could! At this point in time my condition feels 99% better. My shoulder has a normal range of motion without pain and my back feels like there never was a problem. I have more energy, have lost 20 pounds, and I am able to do anything, but most importantly, I can play with my son.
I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like chronic constipation that had been bothering me since childhood causing constant abdominal pain and bloating. I am now having regular daily bowel movements for the first time that I can remember. With the treatments I started having lighter periods and I just found out that I am pregnant. During the treatments I felt relaxed, calm, and woke myself many times with my own snoring. The clinic is welcoming and the staff is warm and friendly.
I would recommend acupuncture to all because this was my last resort prior to back surgery for three herniated disks and one bulged disk and now I feel better than I have in years.
Back Pain, Sciatica, & Headaches
My name is John K. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in May 2009 because I was suffering from chronic low back pain and related sciatic pain in my right leg that had bothered me for 20 years. Sometimes my back and leg would hurt so bad that I had to lay on ice and even that didnít relieve the pain for long. I had difficulty doing everyday tasks because of the pain. I always had to watch how much work I was doing because I knew that it could flare up at any time. I had to limit activities that I enjoyed, sleeping was difficult, and I ended up feeling fatigued, irritable, depressed, and hopeless.
I also had persistent headaches that went on for days and days, difficulty with concentration, and an over all feeling of sluggishness that was related to a recent diagnosis of Hypothyroidism.
I tried over the counter medications such as acetaminophen and aspirin combined with caffeine. I also tried chiropractic which helped temporarily, but the pain always came back. I actually felt some pain relief after the first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture and after seven treatments there were significant, lasting improvements.
At this point in time my condition feels 99% better. All the pain is gone and if I get a little sore after doing something the soreness goes away quickly. I am able to participate in physical activities, I am sleeping better, I feel better emotionally, and Iím not as irritable. The headaches are gone and my body does not ache the way it used to. My overall energy has improved and I can concentrate better because I donít have that cloudy feeling in my head.
During the treatments I felt relaxed and comfortable knowing that my symptoms were improving. The clinic is very welcoming and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
I would recommend acupuncture to everyone who is suffering from pain because I know it worked for me and will work for anyone. In the beginning I was skeptical about the process but after my first two visits I was convinced it was for real. It has improved my lifestyle, and now that I can be more active, I hope to see even more improvements. I would recommend Acupuncture over medicine any day; the results are better and acupuncture will not harm your internal body.
Sciatica and Left Side Pain
My name is Carol K. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April 2010 because I was suffering from severe pain on my entire left side. The pain started after I made a seven hour airplane trip without getting up to stretch. It was an intense, dull to throbbing pain on my left side which was worse at night especially in my left leg. The pain interrupted my sleep and made it difficult to function at work. It made me feel irritable and it was difficult for me to pick up and care for my brand-new grandson!!
I tried chiropractic and massage which were helpful but they did not lead to lasting improvements. I began to feel improvement in my condition after one treatment at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time the sciatic nerve pain is gone and I feel 100% better. Now I am able to enjoy being with my grandson and other daily activities.
I have also had significant improvement with my digestive pain and problems with motion sickness. During the treatments I felt a peaceful, relaxing sensation and after each treatment I felt a renewed sense of calm. The clinic is clean, has a relaxing atmosphere, and the staff is friendly, kind, and helpful.
I recommend acupuncture to anyone for any condition because Iím a firm believer in helping the body heal itself through NATURAL venues, by correcting the problem, rather than through the use of medications that may have serious side effects.
Thank you! Carol K.
Relief from Scoliosis, Allergies, and Restless Legs
I decided to try acupuncture as a last resort. Because of scoliosis I have two pinched nerves in my back which were causing severe pain in my right upper leg and hip. I'd tried shots, medications and physical therapy. The therapy did give me some relief, but in a day or two it wore off. The only thing that helped was stretching out in my recliner so my day was spent working around the house for a short while and then in the recliner for a time. The pain was always the worst in the morning.
In spite of the pain, I made myself go to the Y three days a week for deep water exercise. It hurt to get into the water. On a scale of 1-10 for pain, it was about a 6. All pain went away while I was in the water, but by the time I'd showered and dressed, the pain was worse than ever. About an 8 and there were times I didn't know if I could make it to my car from the locker room. Lifting and bending my leg to get into the driver's seat the pain increased to a 12. It did ease a little while I was driving.
Several of my friends recommended David Milbradt and Shari Friedrichs and I decided I had nothing to lose. Progress was very slow because of my age, but there was progress.
Today I am not free of morning pain, but it is so bearable that I feel like dancing. There is no longer pain before I get into the water and the pain after is down to a 2 or 3 and it no longer bothers me to get into the driver's seat. I can now go to the Y, go shopping, come home and put the groceries away and then sit down for a short rest.
But the wonderful surprise was the side benefits. I have suffered with year round allergies from childhood. They are really bad in the spring and then late summer. I was taking two over the counter drugs and three prescription drugs and still having bad days. After starting acupuncture I realized I no longer needed the over the counter drugs and I have cut the dose of one prescription in half. I thumb my nose at the weather man when he announces that tree pollen and mold counts are high.
The other biggest and best relief that I've gotten is worth every cent I've spent on acupuncture. I suffered with restless legs for years. They didn't bother me in bed but just before bed while I was sitting in my chair. I wanted to walk and jump up and down and nothing helped. About two weeks into treatment I realized one night that the restless legs were gone. I was amazed. I still get them mildly very rarely, but the relief is wonderful.
An added bonus was when David started giving me the 5 Emotions treatment. Some needles in my forehead and my attitude has changed. I'm much more relaxed and calm. I don't care if I have to stand in a line at the checkout counter. If I get an incorrect bill on a Saturday when I can't contact the business office, I don't spend the weekend pacing and waiting for the office to open on Monday morning. I used to skip the Y just so I could call right away. Now whenever is the time I call. There are other things more important.
Everyone on the staff is very concerned and caring. They are my friends. To sum up: my life has definitely improved since I started acupuncture. The quality is much better.
Multiple Sclerosis and Lymeís Disease
I have been diagnosed and dealing with the effects of Lymeís Disease and Multiple Sclerosis for 14 years. I have suffered from nerve pain, stiffness, burning feet, weak bladder, and difficulty walking.
When I came to Abundance Acupuncture late in October 2015 I was having debilitating pain in my right SI joint and nerve pain jumping down my leg to my right foot. There was always constant pain in my SI joint and my foot, usually at a level of 5. At times the pain level went up to 10 and it felt like I was being stabbed with a knife. I tried cold laser therapy, prolotherapy, nerve ablation and pain medication on this area with no lasting effects. Since the acupuncture treatments my pain level has been down to a level 2. Thatís huge!
There are other benefits that I didnít expect. After the first treatment one of the acupuncturists, Shari Friedrichs, asked me, ďhowís your walking?Ē I said that I didnít know, put down my cane, and started walking swiftly around the office and even charged at David Milbradt when he came out into the lobby. The improvement in my walking seems to be holding. I can now do chores on my home property without always using a cane. Also, after the first treatment my bowel movements are normal, instead of all over the place. I also have a weak bladder which made me get up every night. Now I donít have to get up. Not even once!
Another issue I have is gallstones. I would have a build-up of stones which would cause pain under my right ribs and radiate up my back. To get relief Iíd have to do a gallbladder cleanse every 3 months. It consisted of drinking Ĺ cup of extra virgin olive oil at night and expelling the stones the next morning. David has me on a cocktail of herbs that warms up the area so it is not so sluggish. Well, guess what? Gallbladder cleanses are now past history. Lymeís Disease destroys connective tissue and now I am dealing with left arm and shoulder pain. Iíve been receiving much relief from the acupuncture for this area. Before, I would have spent money on prolotherapy to tighten the ligaments in that area. Hopefully, I will no longer need to do that. And just one more thing, I no longer have restless leg syndrome which Iíve been dealing with for years.
I would recommend acupuncture to friends, family, everyone. Even if it doesnít relieve the problem you come in for (which Iím pretty sure it will) youíll have other benefits to help your well-being and health. At Abundance Acupuncture they treat the whole body. I never dreamed acupuncture would help me as much as it has. I wasnít very knowledgeable about it. Iím told I have secondary progressive MS and thereís nothing I can do but live with it.
I think not.
Arthritis, Back, and Neck Pain
My name is B.J. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in February 2011 because I was suffering from chronic lower back pain due to arthritis. I had this problem for many years and it caused continuous moderate pain with bouts of severe pain that lasted longer and longer.
When I first met the practitioners of Abundance Acupuncture I had been suffering from severe pain for about 3 weeks. I had difficulty walking, sitting, lying down, and couldnít lift anything weighing more than an envelope. It interfered with my sleep, made me feel fatigued, and I couldnít do much of anything.
I tried physical therapy, chiropractic, and hot & cold compresses and I felt some relief, although not total, for a few days after treatment. I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after my first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 100% better. I now feel like I am 30 years younger and I am able to be myself, play racquetball again, and just enjoy my life.
I have also had significant relief from the stiffness in my neck which was also caused by arthritis.
During the treatments I felt quite relaxed, often falling asleep. The clinic is comfortable and inviting. The staff is knowledgeable and caring. They go to great lengths to explain acupuncture and what to expect during the treatments.
I would recommend acupuncture to everyone because for the first time in a very long period I am pain free and truly enjoying my life.
Back Pain & Bursitis in the Hip
My name is Janna M. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in January, 2011 because I was suffering from upper and lower back pain and bursitis in my hip. I had this problem for three years. I had severe throbbing pain in my upper back and shoulders. I also had hip pain from the bursitis.
The pain made it difficult for me to sleep which led to fatigue, irritability, and a sense of hopelessness. It was difficult for me vacuum and bake. I used a cane to help me walk and even found it difficult to think clearly.
I tried Naproxen, Lorazepam, Trazadone, Tylenol 3 with codeine, Melatonin, Tramadol, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, and pain injections. These masked the pain, but it was still there.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 100% better. I no longer use a cane to walk and I am now able to go out walking for exercise. I am pain free and I can vacuum, bake, and think without pain.
Relief from Back Pain and Rheumatoid Arthritis
My name is Rose M. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in November 2011 because I had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and back pain for more than 10 years. The constant pain, difficulty sleeping, low energy, fatigue, and depression all made it difficult for me to live a normal life.
I tried surgery, pain killers, and anti-inflammatory drugs which all worked for a while, but not for long, and then the pain got worse.
I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time I feel 100% better. Better than ever before. Not being in pain 24 hours a day and 7 days per week feels great! I have also felt significant improvement in other symptomsÖ I have less morning stiffness, am able to move more easily, and I sleep more soundly. I just feel better all over.
During the treatments I felt relaxed. The clinic is great and the staff is marvelous. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone and everyone because it has dramatically improved my life and we all deserve to feel better.
BACK PAIN AND MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
My name is Kathleen. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in June 2007 because I was suffering from right sided back pain, lower back pain, and menstrual cramps. I had the back pain for several months. It felt like an intense tightness in my back from below my shoulder blade to my hip, like a muscle spasm that would not go away. It made it difficult for me to sleep, to raise my arms, to perform work related activities, and to cut food on the countertop.
I tried medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen and Naproxen. I also tried massage which temporarily lessened the tightness for about a week. I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after 6 or 7 treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 90% + better and I am able to work at home and at work with out the tightness returning. I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like my lower back pain, and menstrual cramping.
During the treatments I felt calm and relaxed. The clinic is great and the staff is wonderful. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone with pain because it really does help. Thank you very much.
CHRONIC BACK AND NECK PAIN
My name is Heidi R. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2007 after attending a free acupressure workshop at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital. I had been suffering from chronic back pain for 15 years, neck tension for 10 years, and tennis elbow on my left arm for two months. The low back pain never went away. It felt like a dull ache, first on my right, and then it gradually spread to the left side sacroiliac regions. In 2007 it began to spread up into my central mid-back.
It also caused fatigue, made it difficult for me to sleep, and at times made me feel depressed and irritable. I like to be active but the quality of my life was deteriorating with increasing limitations both at work and with home activities. This was very depressing and made it difficult for me to focus and concentrate because I do office work and sit for most of my day using computers and telephones.
I tried medications such as two years of aspirin therapy at maximum dosage and then switched to Acetaminophen after noticing problems with my stomach and digestive system. My appetite was diminished and I lost 15 pounds in a year and a half.
I tried physical therapy, chiropractic, and back exercises which helped reduce the pain but it still persisted at a low, constant level that was worse with weather changes.
I began to feel my energy level improve and appetite increase almost immediately after starting treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 90% better. I now feel much better because the pain in my back is almost gone! My elbow is fine, my neck is more limber, and Iím able to concentrate and focus on my work. I now have energy to do gardening and outdoor work at home.
I have also had significant improvement with my chronic sinus problems like stuffiness and post nasal drip. During the treatments I felt relaxed and at peace because this method of health care has no noticeable side effects. The clinic is excellent and the staff is wonderful and caring!
I would recommend acupuncture to people who have chronic pain because it has helped me ďturn back the clockĒ. I feel several years younger! I tried acupuncture because I want to be as healthy as possible. Your health is your wealth!
CHRONIC BACK PAIN and DEGENERATING HEALTH
After struggling for several years with chronic pain and degenerating health, I was introduced to acupuncture. That was the answer to my daily prayer to find relief from pain and regain some quality of life.
Now, one year later, I am well on the way to recovering my health and am brimming with optimism.
I have always been active and despite having had back problems and surgery in 1994, 1 am an avid motorcyclist. My husband and I were planning a month long motorcycle tour of Europe to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in 2006. In June of 2004, I suffered a severe fall down a stairway and despite many chiropractic sessions, I was unable to stand straight or walk for even a short distance without pain. I fought the pain 24/7, and went to work every day, but was completely exhausted. My quality of life was severely diminished. I could no longer do even simple household chores. In October of 2005, 1 suffered a spontaneous break in my pelvis. After that, the pain was intolerable. By Christmas, I could barely work. Even sitting was painful. Doctors said my body wasn't healing. All they could offer were pain medications. How could I ever tour Europe on a motorcycle in 6 months? My boss, in her compassion, gave me a gift card for an acupuncture session. What did I have to lose?
I remember the day, December 29, 2005, I sat with Shari Friedrichs and cried all the while she tried to explain to me how acupuncture works. My body was so broken and in so much pain, I told her I could not stand to listen. All I wanted was the treatment.
From that day forward, my health improved dramatically. By February 7, 2006, I was pain free! My body was healing. I continued my treatments, and today, one year later, I walk 5 miles daily and have lost 35 pounds.
I have always had a fear of needles, but David Milbradt has such a skilled, gentle technique that I soon welcomed the treatments which were always relaxing and pleasant. The entire office staff is supportive, kind and caring. I have never been treated more kindly or with more compassion by any medical office staff anywhere!
I encourage anyone that feels hopeless about their health issues and believes that nothing can be done for them to consider acupuncture. I'm glad I did.
Diane J. January 23, 2007
RELIEF FROM LOW BACK PAIN
My name is Irvin M. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October, 2006 because I was suffering from chronic back pain that was located mainly in the lower right area of the back. I had this problem for many years and it also caused fatigue, and made it difficult for me to sleep and hard to do my daily tasks.
I tried medications such as injections from pain management clinics, physical therapy, and chiropractic to resolve this problem but the results were temporary at best.
I began to feel some or significant improvements in my condition after several treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 70% better. I now feel pain free unless I test it quite severely and I am able to function quite normally. I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms and am now sleeping better and feel less tired.
During the treatments I felt at ease and sometimes the pain would leave immediately. The clinic is quiet and the staff is friendly. I would recommend acupuncture to others because it does not involve invasive treatment methods. Acupuncture is worth trying as a first resort and not as a last resort like I did.
CHRONIC UPPER BACK AND CHEST PAIN
My name is Mike G. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in May of 2006 because I was suffering from chronic upper back and chest pain. I had this problem for 8 years. This problem was very nagging. My upper back continually ached causing me to be irritable, depressed, and nothing seemed to help. It also made it difficult to sleep, gave me a feeling of hopelessness, and made it hard for me to be active in sports as well as causing other difficulties in my work and daily life.
I tried massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic which gave me temporary relief, but nothing permanent. I began to feel some improvements in my condition after 10 treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I have days and even weeks with no symptoms. I am able to lift weights and be more active at work as well as at home. I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like having more energy and feeling less frustration, depression, and fewer muscle twitches.
During the treatments I felt extremely relaxed and stress free. The clinic has a relaxed atmosphere and the staff is professional and friendly. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone seeking to better their health because it has helped me in many ways that several doctors could not.
BACK PAIN AND HERNIATED DISC
My name is Bill D. and I have been suffering with chronic pain since June of 1992. I have had two back surgeries and numerous knee surgeries including having my right knee replaced. I currently have herniated discs in my back and neck and suffer from degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, and migraine headaches.
I have tried every conventional method of pain relief ( i.e., pain meds, numerous specialists, pain clinics, massage, chiropractor, physical therapy, etc..). I just could not get any pain relief. The pain recently was unbearable. I was referred again to specialists who basically said... there is nothing they could do (that would produce a successful outcome) ... go home and live with the pain and by the way ‑‑‑ take less pain pills.
The pain was greatly affecting my quality of life. Almost every night I came home from work and laid on the couch and then would be in bed by 7:00 PM because I had so much pain I didn't know what to do with myself. I withdrew further and further from my family. I even started leaving work early because of the pain (my work record is impeccable). Occasionally I have to use a cane to walk, which is really a humbling experience for me being a former all‑state football player. Many times I lay on the kitchen floor because of back spasms. My social activities are determined by: How far will I have to travel by car? How far will I have to walk? What kind of chair will I have to sit on!
I am a 45 year old man stuck in a 90 year old body. I have two sons who want to play catch with a football or baseball and I can't, or a wife who wants to go to concerts or sporting events and I can't (bleachers are horrible!) and a family that just wants to hear me laugh again.
Upon urging from my wife, an RN, and a family doctor, I decided to try acupuncture. My thoughts though were: this is just one more treatment that is not going to help me. I went to see David Milbradt for my evaluation and initial three assessments and discovered that my pain was going away even though my doctor was reducing my pain medications. I currently look forward to my treatments.
The most important thing I've discovered is that David will listen to my problems and have me rate my pain. He is concerned how the pain is affecting my quality of life. No other physician or specialist (which is more than 20) has ever done that. Every time I go to a session, David assesses my pain for that day; asking how much pain and where it is located. He then gears my treatment specifically to those areas.
I have more energy, less pain, and once again am able to laugh and simply enjoy life more than I have in a long time. My advice: Don't be "put off" because acupuncture is a non‑traditional method of treatment. Have an open mind and try it. What have you got to lose besides the "just put up with it" mentality of Western medicine ?
Bill D. March 2005
Chronic Back Pain and Allergies
My name is Marge H. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in February 2010 because I was suffering from chronic back pain and allergies.
I had seasonal and household allergies for 40 years. It created problems with the activities of daily living and I would get sick from the complications of this condition. For example, when people around me wore perfume, it created an allergic reaction that always resulted in me getting sick with both nasal problems and respiratory problems (hoarseness).
I went through multiple series of immunotherapy and I still required prescription allergy medication. My allergies progressed to the point where I had to be put on steroids because of the body itching. I ended up staying away from people and places and not doing the things I liked to do because I would have a reaction to them.
My low back pain started after having children 37 years ago. It put such a strain on my back when I lifted anything more than a few pounds that my low back would go into spasms, I couldn't move, and I would have to crawl to get out of bed. The physician put me on a narcotic and a muscle relaxant with bed rest until it resolved. This caused tremendous fatigue and it would take a week to be able to go back to my activities of daily living. Then I was prescribed 500 mg of naproxen twice a day for maintenance. I was always very active with exercising during this period but it still haunted me. I tried physical therapy which did support my recovery during the exacerbations. However, in order to be pain free, I needed to continue to take the anti‑inflammatory Naproxen. In January 2010, 1 had a major exacerbation while on a trip. When I returned in February, I decided to try acupuncture.
At this point, both my allergies and back problems are 95‑97% improved. I no longer take any medication for allergies or back pain. After going through a course of acupuncture treatments for my allergies, I do not have the intense reaction that I had in the past to the allergens. I no longer need any over the counter or prescription medicines for my allergies. I occasionally have some watery eyes but my eye drops take care of that. Normally when it is hay harvesting time I would have to stay inside and take my medicine. I do not react to the hay these days and it feels great.
As far as my back is concerned, I no longer take any pain killers for back pain. I have reassessed the activities that aggravate my back and have modified my exercise routine. I cannot say that I do not ever have back pain; however I now can identify what causes it, know how to remedy it without medication. This means that my diet has changed as well.
The staff at Abundance Acupuncture is very supportive and like family. I will continue to recommend them to my family and friends. It truly has been a blessing to have started this journey and I look forward to my continued relationship with this office.
Relief from Upper Back Pain & Migraines
My name is Linda S. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October 2012 because I was suffering from migraines and upper back pain. I had sharp, intense pain in my upper back, lower neck, and head for ten years. I couldnít lift 10 pounds without being in pain or walk my dog because it strained my back. It was difficult to work, socialize, or sleep comfortably. My vision was blurred and I lost my appetite. All of this made me feel irritable and depressed.
I tried medications such as Diclofinac and a muscle relaxer called Metaxalone. I also tried physical therapy and finally Novocaine and Botox injections. I felt hopeless when none of these offered any relief. They only gave me pressure headaches and made me sick to my stomach.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after one treatment at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I now feel like a weight is off of my shoulders. Iím not popping pills all the time and I am able to sit and stand without pain. Now that I have relief from the constant pain my appetite is better, I am more active, and less depressed.
During the treatments I felt relaxed and refreshed. The clinic is wonderful and the staff is very attentive. I would recommend acupuncture to everyone because of the relief it gave me, especially after enduring years of medications with no help.
Back & Neck Pain and Migraines
My name is Pam K. and I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September 2007 for a free consultation. I met David Milbradt during our company health fair of which he happened to be a vendor. On the day of the health fair, I was dealing with some severe shoulder and neck pain and he administered a couple of acupressure treatments and I immediately had relief from the pain. I scheduled a free consultation with his office; however, I did not actually start treatments until January 2008.
I have been suffering from chronic lower back pain for twenty years due to a back injury that I incurred when I was 19 years old. Because of a weakness in my spine in the lower back, I had also been diagnosed with a bulging disk when I was 39. When my back would go out, it would literally put me on my knees. I have treated this condition with muscle relaxants, ibuprofen, chiropractic and physical therapy. The condition would improve but never go away. These lower back attacks could happen once a month or twice a year. I never knew when, but I usually had some minor discomfort before it would happen, although not always. If I felt the back attack coming on, I would take ibuprofen and get a chiropractic treatment as soon as possible. However as I noted, I didnít always know when there would be an attack.
I have also been suffering with upper back, shoulder and neck pain for the past eleven years, which I believe is due to many hours of computer work daily. There have been days when this pain would also trigger a severe tension or migraine headache.
Because of these major health issues, I was personally dealing with chronic fatigue, which in my own opinion, was also leading to some depression. Even though I wanted to be happy and active, I just didnít have the energy. It took all of my available effort to accomplish the smallest tasks on some days. This was sort of a snowball effect witch lead to other issues. I am hypothyroid, so weight gain is a constant issue and when you donít have any ambition for any physical activities after work, exercise isnít an option and weight gain is inevitable. My mental health was to the point where I would wake up to go to work and would count how many hours it would be until I could come home and take a nap! Not much for any quality of life since most every day I would take a nap after work. In 2002, I also took on the undaunting task of returning to college full time to pursue my bachelorís degree. So between full time work, school, mother and anything else, I realized I was a physical wreck.
I didnít know of anyone that used acupuncture, but I felt that since I had tried so many different avenues for pain relief and was never really pain free, I decided to give acupuncture a try. When I had my initial consultation, I wasnít sure that I liked everything that I was told because it meant making some life changes for me and I wasnít sure I was entirely ready for some of those changes. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about being stuck with multiple needles. However, David was very good with my initial treatments and that helped to calm my nerves during the treatments. After my first four treatments, I already had relief from the lower back pain. I didnít understand it, but for the first time in twenty years, I could lay on my back without discomfort. I have basically had no lower back pain since early February!
The next area that we started working on in my treatments was the upper back, neck and shoulder pain. This has been more challenging since I never really get to give that area any rest. My full time job requires me to be on the computer for many hours daily and my school work also drove many nights of computer work also. As of today, this pain and discomfort is minimized by at least 70-80 percent from what it was when I started treatments.
Because of these improvements, we have been able to work on other health issues. I had been on birth control for ten years. After starting acupuncture treatments and learning more about Chinese medicine, I went off the pill in March. We are still working on regulating my monthly cycle and all of the side affects, but there are improvements after two months.
My energy levels have dramatically improved from where I was in January. I no longer have to come home to take naps and have begun an exercise routine. I have been able to lose some weight, although it is a slow process, but it is better than the constant weight gain that I had been experiencing for many years.
I am grateful to the entire staff at Abundance Acupuncture for working with me and my health issues. They are very easy to talk to and listen to my concerns. They are truly excited to see my improvements and give me back a meaningful and productive life again! I have recommended Abundance Acupuncture to many people. I truly donít know where I would be today without them. I know I would not be as happy and energetic as I am now! I feel like a whole new person!
Severe Back and Hip Pain
My name is Sonia. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in August 2009 because I was suffering from severe leg and hip pain and irritable bowel syndrome. I had the back and hip pain for 40 years but, it had become severe in the last 6 weeks. The pain was so bad it immobilized me and I couldnít stand up for more than 5 minutes. Walking was painful and I couldnít go as far as one block. It was difficult for me to partake in normal day to day activities and I felt hopeless and embarrassed.
I utilized physical therapy in conjunction with the acupuncture treatments and I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after five treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 100% better. I am now able to stand, walk, and exercise. I have also had significant improvement in my digestive and bowel problems.
During the treatments I felt more in control of my health. The clinic is warm and welcoming and the staff is professional, competent, and friendly. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone wanting non-traditional Eastern treatments in addition to other Western medical help because it doesnít involve taking more drugs.
Hip and Low Back Pain
My name is Thomas A. Eilbes. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April of 2008 because I was suffering from hip and low back pain, low energy at the end of the day, and anxiety. I had these problems for two years. The continuous pain was a constant distraction and by the end of the day I was usually exhausted and had very little energy left for anything. It also made it difficult for me to sleep, caused fatigue, and made me feel more irritable. It was not easy for me to carry on routine and regular work or social activities.
I tried medications such as Aleve (Naproxen Sodium) to resolve this problem and I had some relief, but I did not want to take medications everyday; I was cautioned about the side effects of bleeding in the stomach. I began to feel some improvements in my condition after about six treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 60 to 70% better. I now feel a lot less pain in the lower back and hips and I am able to do regular and routine work without significant discomfort.
I have had significant improvement in other symptoms like belching and acid reflux. Iím just feeling better in general, and have a lot more energy later in the day.
During the treatments I felt relaxed and comfortable. The clinic is clean and the staff is friendly and very willing to work with scheduling difficulties. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because of the improvements I have had in my Health.
Relief from Chronic Low Back Pain
My name is Nancy S. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in June 2009 because I was suffering from chronic low back pain. I had been dealing with this problem for years by taking pain medications but, it had gotten worse in the last several months. The back pain was always there and it was uncomfortable for me to stand, bend, or walk any distance. It was difficult for me to ride anywhere in a car, go shopping, or climb steps and it made me feel frustrated, irritable, and anxious.
I tried medications such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and pain patches. I also tried physical therapy and chiropractic but these gave me no relief. I began to feel some improvements in my condition after two or three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 90% better. I am now able to stand, go up steps, and ride longer distances in a car.
During the treatments I felt relaxed and hopeful. The clinic is cheerful and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend acupuncture to all who need relief from any physical problems.
Relief from Back Pain & More
My name is Shirley J. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in November of 2014 because I was suffering from back pain (lumbar spine) and numbness in my fingers. For six years my back pain has made it difficult to sleep and left me feeling fatigued, irritable, depressed, hopelessness, and sometimes embarrassed.
It was hard for me to do housework, go shopping or cook meals. It was also difficult for me to work at my volunteer job where I need to stand for long periods of time.
I tried medications such as Tylenol, Vicodin and Tramadol. I also tried chiropractic care and cortisone injections. Sometimes they provided relief and sometimes not so much.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after a few weeks of treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. Now I can get more things done at home and I am able to stand longer at work without having to take a break. I have also had significant improvement in other health issues like my itchy scalp, the spider veins in my legs and the numbness in my fingers.
During the treatments I felt comfortable and relaxed. The clinic is modern and clean. It is located in a nice area of Beaver Dam and the staff is friendly and helpful.
BACK PAIN RELIEF
I think of all the treatments I have had with acupuncture I am the most astonished about the one for pain. I was born with part of my backbone fused to my hip. It always hurt. That is not something a chiropractor can fix. I have bone spurs on my neck along with deterioration. I also have a bone spur on my heel making walking at times very difficult.
First I am amazed at just how much energy pain takes out of a person. I am also surprised how we learn to live with pain thinking we have no other choice other than taxing our system with drugs. We learn to live with pain far more than we realize. I didn't until it was no longer there. I would wake up several times at night because of pain. I just couldn't get comfortable. To roll over in bed was a major effort. I would basically have to sit up and then go through my maneuvers to roll over. Then I was usually awake for awhile after all that. At times I would just give up and get up for a few hours and wait until I would basically pass out with exhaustion. I felt drained most of the day due to tolerating pain and not sleeping. I wasn't able to clean my own house and was very embarrassed by that.
It took one treatment. Well two for good measure and that was it. The treatment was simple. Needles were placed, I think, in the side of my foot and legs. The key word of 'think' is because I didn't really feel them. I got 45 minutes of very peaceful rest. I usually just sleep. I look forward to this time where I can honestly rest with no interruptions. After the first treatment the pain was gone and has stayed gone. For awhile I kept waiting for it to come back but it has been three months so far and I still have NO pain! In fact, I found that my body needed to be retrained to learn how to not live with pain. The first night after the treatment I couldn't sleep! My body kept saying that something was missing! It was, but it was a good thing! There was no pain. I would turn over the same way and realize I didn't need to do that anymore. I would gingerly get out of a chair and realize, nothing hurt and again. I didn't need to do that. This behavior was so instilled that I am still finding things that I did to compensate for pain that I never realized I did but no longer need to do.
What I am able to do now is nothing short of a miracle. I can not only clean my own house, with great speed I might add, but I can work lifting, standing on concrete all day, climb ladders or just do whatever my heart desires. I have a ton of energy and no longer hurt anyplace. I just did a big project that I knew would keep me in bed the next day. Not only did I not hurt and have to stay in bed I hit the ground running!
My husband commented that he can tell I feel better. He said I have bounce in my step and I take bigger strides and well, hey, he just can't keep up with me anymore!
Depression, Back Pain, & Weight Loss
My name is Margot Z. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in January 2008 because I was suffering from depression and pain in my low back and hip. The depression had been going on for 23 years and made me feel miserable. My energy was low, I was easily overwhelmed, had difficulty sleeping, was irritable, and I felt hopeless. Depression made it difficult for me to socialize, exercise or be active, and I missed days from work because I felt so fatigued. Everything was more difficult. The low back pain had bothered me for 10 years and at times it reduced my mobility so severely that I was unable to go anywhere or do anything.
I tried medications such as tricyclic antidepressants, MAO inhibitor antidepressants, and SSRI antidepressants which caused me to gain a lot of weight. The antidepressants also made it difficult to focus my mind and caused problems with my memory. I got some temporary relief from the hip and back pain with chiropractic and physical therapy, but the pain came back again.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after two or three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. In February, after a month of treatments, I felt good enough to start reducing my antidepressant medications. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I have stopped taking all of my antidepressants and I now feel good again. I get up and get going everyday and have been able to start living my life again. I feel more comfortable around other people and I am not missing work anymore. I am even able to work 60 hour weeks again.
I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like my acid reflux and irregular bowel movements. I have not had any migraines since I started treatments and have even lost 30 pounds! I stopped taking birth control pills (to control my migraines), stopped needing to take allergy medicine, and
have not taken any Tylenol for pain.
It's three years later and Margot has changed so much that we asked if we could take another picture. Since she has felt well enough to exercise she has been working out on a regular schedule. Go Margot!
Severe Burning Feet, Back and Neck Pain
My name is John L. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September, 2009 because I was suffering from burning and sharp stinging pain in my feet. For 36 years my feet have felt like they were on fireÖ like I had gotten stung by a dozen bees. At times, in addition to the burning pains, there were also severe shooting pains in my feet. It was difficult for me to stand or walk for a reasonable period of time and when I did stand or walk the pain went all the way up into my hips. The years of pain made me feel depressed and hopeless.
I tried medications, prescription creams, and ointments. I went to dermatologists and orthopedic foot specialists, but nothing helped to relieve the pain. After a while the doctors told me there was nothing they could do for me. After three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture I began to feel significant improvements in the pain in my feet. At this point in time my condition feels 90% better. I no longer feel the continuous burning and stinging anymore and I am able to stand longer and walk further with out pain in my feet. Even the pain in my hips no longer bothers me.
I have also had significant improvement in the severe back and neck pain that I have had for 19 years, during which I had three lower back surgeries and three neck surgeries. When I started acupuncture treatments the pain level on my lower back was between level 7 and 8 and my neck was always about a level 5 or 6. Now my back pain is down to level 3 and the neck pain is around 3 or 4.
The clinic is wonderful and the staff is professional and caring. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who is suffering from pain because it has helped me considerably, gotten me back on my feet again, and reenergized my life. I was very skeptical at first because I had been to so many different doctors without getting any help. My wife mentioned acupuncture and I said to myself ďWhat do I have to lose?Ē I had tried everything else and I was desperate for help. I went in with a positive attitude and now I canít believe how significant the improvement in my symptoms have been. Thanks!
Relief from Fibromyalgia and Tail Bone Pain
My name is Lois R. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October, 2006 because I was suffering from fibromyalgia. I had this problem for twenty years, even back in the 1980ís when the doctors thought that fibromyalgia was a psychological condition. I had widespread achy, stiff muscle pain, and my whole body felt fatigued. The intensity of pain went from light and transient to incessant and incapacitating.
The fibromyalgia also caused fatigue, difficulty sleeping, depression, and irritability. I had chronic low back pain, hypersensitivity to carbohydrates, food allergies, and digestive problems. The pain made it difficult for me to keep up a fitness program so I gained weight and it then was hard for me to loose even a few pounds. Sometimes my condition just made me feel hopeless.
My rheumatologist suggested pain relievers but I requested more natural alternatives and tried physical therapy and warm water exercises which helped but were not a permanent solution. I began to feel some improvements in my condition after four treatments at Abundance Acupuncture and continued with a nine month program of treatments. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I am now able to walk or exercise almost every day of the week with out pain. I also had significant improvement in the pain that came from a fall on my tailbone in November during my treatment plan. The acupuncture helped relieve the pain and heal the trauma in a more timely manner.
During the treatments I felt completely relaxed and peaceful with the soft music in the dimly lit treatments rooms. The clinic has a very warm atmosphere and everyone at Abundance Acupuncture helped me be comfortable and made me feel very special. Now I know where to go for help if I need it. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who is living with pain or a condition that has been unresolved. Thank you! Lois R.
I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease at the age of 20. At the age of 44 I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis. I remember reading in Your Aching Back that this ailment usually does not affect anyone under the age of 65 and that there was no cure. Doctors tell me that treatment is limited to drastic surgical spinal fusions with physical rehab afterwards and narcotic pain medications.
I am now 46 years old and my surgeons have told me that I am a 46 year old woman in an 85 year old body. I have had two spinal fusion surgeries and I go to a Physiatrist (not psychiatrist) for pain medication because my family practitioner can not prescribe the types of medication used to relieve just some degree of the pain that I have experienced.
Before I had acupuncture treatments I was taking 800 mg of Ibuprofen, 800mg of a muscle relaxant, the maxim allowable dose of Oxycotin, and 600 to 1200 mg of a neurological medication every 8 hours. I was also medicated with Oxycodone for breakthrough pain. When I arrived at the clinic I had to rely on a cane for support to be able to walk back to the treatment rooms.
I began having pain relief with the first few treatments. As we progressed there was less and less breakthrough pain and after about ten treatments I came to the clinic with out my cane. I began using fewer Oxycodone and began to take my other pain medications every 12 hour instead of 8 hours. Now, after more than 20 treatments I have no need for the 800mg of Ibuprofen and have reduced the muscle relaxants as well. Iím literally using ľ as much pain medication as before and feeling much better than when I started.
The acupuncture treatments are not painful. I can feel the circuits complete during the treatments as it creates an energy flow throughout my body. It is an amazing process that works miracles.
Insomnia, Fatigue, Back Pain, and Menstrual Cramps
My name is Tiffany G. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in February, 2009 because I was suffering from back and shoulder pain, irregular periods with bad cramping, mood swings, bloating (all over my body), constipation, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. For two or three years I suffered from daily headaches and constant back and shoulder pain. Because I wasnít sleeping well I would wake up feeling fatigued and that would lead to mood swings and irritability. The constant bloating and constipation added to my daily distress.
These problems kept me from assisting my children and interfered with other daily activities like being able to go on long walks. I tried physical therapy, ibuprofen which took some of the edge off the pain, and sleeping pills that only worked with high dosages.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after five treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 95% better! I now feel energetic, well rested, and free from the back pain, shoulder pain, headaches and the bad menstrual cramps. I am able to play tennis, walk for exercise, and play soccer with my kids. I have also had significant improvement with the dermatitis on my face and I have lost five pounds!
During the treatments I felt my stress being released. They were relaxing and peaceful. The clinic is wonderful and the staff is patient, caring, and understanding.
I would recommend acupuncture to anyone of any age because it can improve anyoneís health. When your body is functioning at a higher level it opens up a whole new world for you and everyone that you come in contact with.