Beaver Dam, WI (920) 356-1578
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30 Years of Fibromyalgia
I am 66 years old and began having symptoms of fibromyalgia over thirty years ago. I had muscle pain, mostly in my shoulder, upper and lower back, and neck especially in the last few years. I had difficulty keeping my arms up for more than a few minutes at a time, to hold a book, play piano, or use a computer, without experiencing pain.
In addition, I experienced problems which often seem to accompany fibromyalgia such as, difficulty sleeping, mental fogginess, frequent headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, flu‑like symptoms, muscle spasms, and a lack of energy. These symptoms were usually not severe, but taken together they interfered with my daily life. When I did feel more energetic, it was easy to overdo and the next day I would pay for it with increased symptoms. I had always been a reader but concentration became more difficult.
I have taken amitriptyline to help with sleep, and I took various NSAIDS for pain relief but nothing helped much. I had gastric bleeding after taking naproxen (Aleve). I tried to exercise regularly but it was difficult at times.
I assumed that at my age I would have to accept the aches and pains I was dealing with, but my husband encouraged me to try acupuncture. Although I was skeptical, we met with David Milbradt and he set up treatment regimen for me. Now I am an acupuncture "convert". I have more energy and am more mentally focused. I have read more books in the last few months than I had read in the past two years! I have been playing piano again, have been walking regularly, and my muscle pain and gastric symptoms have improved dramatically. In addition, I have experienced a decrease in seasonal allergy symptoms and in discomfort from arthritis.
The atmosphere at the clinic is very peaceful and relaxing and the staff makes sure that I am comfortable. Thanks for my new "lease on life"! September 27, 2005 Janice W. RN, BSN
Relief from 10 Years of Fibromyalgia
My name is Cindi U. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in June, 2012 because I was suffering from fibromyalgia, all over body pain, high blood pressure, asthma, and mood issues. I had these problems for over 10 years. These problems literally made my skin hurt! I was in intense pain almost all the time.
Hot flashes, mood swings, depression, restless legs, knee pain, and overall lack of energy made it difficult for me to do daily activities like house work. It was hard to find the energy to force myself go to work. Eventually I lost the desire to do the things I enjoyed the most including singing and playing my guitar which are my life passions.
I tried medications such as blood pressure meds, Prilosec, inhalers, antidepressants, prescription anti inflammatory drugs, and even narcotic pain killers for the fibromyalgia pain. None of them seemed to help and my pain and problems kept getting worse. I was repeatedly sent to physical therapy and also used chiropractic care with only minimal temporary results.
I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after only 6 treatments. At this point in time my condition feels 80-90% improved. The fibromyalgia pain is virtually gone! I am off of five of my medications! I used to take Prilosec daily and now I am down to only every 4 days or so. I plan to eventually discontinue its use completely. I no longer have mood swings or night sweats and my energy is back to do all the things I love to do. I have also had significant improvement in my restless legs, constantly feeling hot, not being able to tolerate summer, and the depression that came with having so much pain. All of these results were pleasant surprises.
My husband even asked if I was an imposter this summer due to the fact that it was one of the hottest on record and I wasn’t complaining about the heat. I feel like I have my life back and expect to continue to improve my health with acupuncture.
During the treatments I felt comfortable, relaxed, and most treatments found me napping. The clinic is a serene place to rejuvenate and improve your health and energy. The staff is fabulous! They are completely professional, knowledgeable, and truly have a passion to help people.
I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who thinks there is no help for their condition because it works. When I tell people I have had such great results from acupuncture they often ask me “isn’t it expensive?” My reply to that question is “I would rather pay 100% for something that works than 20% for something that doesn’t.” Abundance Acupuncture has truly changed my health and well being which has changed my life. How do you put a price on that?
Fibromyalgia and Severe Pain
My name is Brenda H. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in August, 2007 because I had been suffering from fibromyalgia and severe pains for seven difficult years. My body ached all over; I had sharp pains in both legs and in my neck and shoulder, almost daily headaches, knee pain, difficulty breathing, digestive problems, and night sweats. Even though I was always fatigued and exhausted it was difficult to fall asleep or sleep all night because of the pain.
I was so depressed that I cried myself to sleep hoping that I would not wake up in the morning. It was difficult to make it through my daily life. I was unable to play with my grandchildren or do anything fun with my husband like going for a walk or a bike ride. My doctor recommended that I only work one or two hours at a time for a couple days a week. Now I find it difficult to even remember how bad I felt about my life during that time.
I tried medications such as Cymbalta which made me feel like I was on another planet and Effexor which caused depression so severe that I was unable to move. I tried Ibuprofen for pain and many natural remedies and nothing made me feel any better.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after the first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture and significant improvements after 12 treatments. At this point in time my condition feels 95% better. I can now function almost normally, I have much less pain, and I am able to work up to 30 hours per week. I can now play with my grandchildren and enjoy life, even though I still can’t over do strenuous activities. I have had significant improvement in other symptoms: my sleeping is much better, I am breathing better, and I have spurts of energy and the motivation to do more things.
During the treatments I was scared and nervous because of my intense needle phobia, but I did it anyway! The clinic is calm and relaxing and the staff is caring, friendly, and nonjudgmental. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because it has been life changing. It is one of the best investments I have ever made in my life.
I have had Fibromyalgia for many years. I was in a lot of pain. My body ached all over. My arms and shoulders ached so that at times I couldn’t hold a book or newspaper up to read. My physician prescribed amitriptyline for my muscle aches and sleeping problems. I would wake in the night and couldn’t go back to sleep for two or three hours. I would get cramps in my legs. My back and hips ached. I didn't get much relief.
I started Acupuncture treatments and after three treatments I had relief. I continue to feel better. I now can hold a book and newspaper without pain. I sleep better and have more energy. I can’t believe that I even take a nap during treatment. It is very relaxing. David Milbradt and staff are very helpful and accommodating I would encourage anyone who is suffering from pain to have acupuncture treatments. Every time I come in I think it's a Miracle! Marilyn C.
My name is Steve C. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2008 because I was suffering from fibromyalgia. I had aches and pain all over my body especially in my lower back and thighs. The pain was also much worse after any type of exertion. I had difficulty getting to sleep, woke up often in the middle of the night, and I always felt tired and fatigued. Because of this I was also more irritable than usual. I had this problem for two years and made it difficult for me participate in any activity, even playing catch with my son. I was unable to do any household maintenance or repairs.
I tried medications such as piroxicam, lexapro, ibuprofen, and aspirin to resolve these problems but only noticed temporary, mild pain relief and nothing more. I began to feel some improvements in my condition after two treatments at Abundance Acupuncture and significant improvements after one month.
At this point in time my condition feels 85% better. I now have no extreme muscle pain, I feel much more energetic, and I am able to do landscaping, yard work, and play with my son. I have also noticed significant improvement in other symptoms like having less sinus congestion and fewer headaches which is unusual for me.
During the treatments I felt very comfortable and relaxed. The clinic is great and the staff is friendly. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because it has helped me achieve an overall feeling of healthiness.
Relief From Fibromyalgia
My name is Janet V. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in November 2011, because I was suffering from Fibromyalgia and Celiac Disease for the last three years. Some days I could barely function because the pain in my ribs, back, and neck would go up to a level 10. I felt exhausted.
I needed to take naps and go to bed early but, I also had difficulty sleeping. When I did any cleaning or vacuuming the pain caused me to be bed ridden for the rest of the day. It was difficult for me take walks, do any gardening, or yard work. I couldn’t even stand or sit for long periods of time and I missed a lot of work.
I tried medications such as Vicodin, steroid shots, and antidepressants. I went to physical therapy, and a pain clinic to reduce the pain but, I only had relief for a few months and then it came right back.
I felt a significant reduction in my pain and fatigue after three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 60% better. I now feel more energized and I am able to work longer without pain. Now I can do chores around the house without having to sit down after each one. The rib pain is greatly improved and my back pain is now manageable.
During the treatments I was very relaxed and pain free. The clinic is an amazing miracle and the staff is very friendly. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone with any kind of pain because the treatments really help.
I was at a point in my life where I just wanted the pain to end. I was hopeless, very depressed, and felt like I couldn’t go on. After coming to you at Abundance Acupuncture I had hope for the first time that someone could really help me and you really have. I can’t thank you enough for how much better I feel.
Fibromyalgia for 14 Years
My name is Sylvia S. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in November, 2010 because I was suffering from fibromyalgia and diabetes. I had fibromyalgia for over 14 years. It made my legs feel like I was walking thru wet cement and my arms felt like they were loaded with heavy weights. I had aches and pains that made it difficult for me to sleep and the fibromyalgia made me feel fatigued, depressed, irritable, hopeless, and embarrassed. It was difficult for me to feed the calves on our farm, clean the house, work on my sewing projects, or even enjoy my kids and grandkids.
I tried medications such as diclofinac and amitriptyline, and biofeedback sessions to resolve this problem but, I had allergic reactions to the medications and no results with the biofeedback. I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after two treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 40-50% better. I now feel more energetic, am able to exercise more, do more stuff around the house, and enjoy my grandkids. I have also had significant improvement with other health issues: I feel less depressed and I’ve lost 25 pounds.
During the treatments I felt relaxed, and comfortable. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because of the relaxing environment and the very caring staff.
My name is Lori L. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April 2008 because I was suffering from fibromyalgia and was at my wit’s end. I had this problem for over 15 years and had pain all over my body, fatigue, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. I felt depressed and hopeless and had a very low energy level which made it difficult for me to exercise, work in my flower gardens, or work on household projects such as painting, cleaning, and redecorating.
I tried medications such as antidepressants, various supplements, physical therapy, and chiropractic to resolve this problem with some improvements initially, but never any great improvement that stuck with me. I began to feel some improvements in my condition after a month of treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 95% better. I now feel much better and I am able to do many things such as gardening and walking without suffering the painful affect afterward.
I have also had significant improvement in my sleeping and a much improved energy level. I just painted my living room without any ill effects.
During the treatments I felt calm and relaxed. The clinic is wonderful and the staff is warm and friendly. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who suffers from a long-term condition because it is a great alternative from more and more medications and their side effects.
I called to cancel an appointment when I had the flu and Margo said to keep the appointment – it would really help with the flu. She was right – it was amazing! I felt better immediately.
Relief from Fibromyalgia
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 1980’s 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.
Fibromyalgia and TMJ
My name is Marge and I have been a client of David Milbradt for several months. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and TMJ. I also had back and shoulder pain.
I have been going to doctor after doctor looking for help to ease some of these ailments, only to be prescribed medications that I can not take. I thought of Acupuncture for some time but did not know where to go.
I saw David's brochure at a Chiropractic clinic and thought that I had found my answer. After meeting with David Milbradt and his staff I felt very comfortable with the choice I made. David treats you with a sincere concern for your well being. I feel better for having the experience of Acupuncture. My Fibromyalgia is better, my trick finger does not require surgery, and I see the chiropractor less often.
My treatments are almost done and I will miss going for them now that I am feeling better. Margo, Shari along with David made you feel very special. They were always friendly and helpful. I know where to go now for help if needed. Thank you David, Margo and Shari.
Relief from Lingering Shingles Pain
My name is Carol T. I came to Abundance Acupuncture May 25, 2006 because I was suffering from shingles pain. I had this problem for 6 weeks. I had pain in my back on the right side and around my right breast and underarm. The pain was horrible and at times I didn’t want to leave the house. It also caused fatigue, difficulty sleeping, depression, irritability, and hopelessness.
It made it difficult for me to travel, go shopping, hold cards in my right hand, and above all to fully enjoy my grandchildren. I tried medications such as Gabapentin, Lyrica, a number of other medications, and chiropractic, but chiropractic seemed to make it feel worse.
I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after 10 treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 99% better. I now feel like I have my life back and I am able to enjoy my grandchildren, traveling, shopping, and playing cards again. I have also had significant improvement in my energy level, depression, and fibromyalgia.
The clinic is very professional and has a relaxing atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and caring. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who is suffering from shingles pain and would like to have better health.
Freedom from Rheumatoid Arthritis
My name is Shari Friedrichs. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2004 because I was suffering from constant, unremitting pain everywhere in my body. The pain was in my muscles, but the worst pain was in my joints: hips, feet, hands, wrists, and elbows. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and then I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, bursitis in my hip, and carpal tunnel in both wrists. I had this problem for fifteen years and during those years it changed everything in my life. It was painful and difficult for me to do ordinary activities like cleaning my house, cooking (which I love), and going down stair to do the laundry. Even shopping was an ordeal because of the pain from walking in from the parking lot.
I was a city letter carrier and I loved my job, but I was in constant pain, every step of every hour of every day. My doctor ordered me to stop walking and my boss wanted me to take a “fitness for duty” physical so she could fire me. Luckily, my supervisor intervened, and I was transferred to desk job at 1/3 less pay. My social life was determined by how I felt each day and I often wondered why anyone would want to talk to me when I was so miserable. I was angry, irritable, and depressed so my family tiptoed around me and cared for me at the same time.
I would wake up in the middle of the night after the pain medications wore down and lie there unable to get back to sleep because I was worrying about the future of my health. I became depressed and I was so fatigued that I needed to sleep all the time. I’d nap over my two hour lunch break, go home and go right back to bed, get up for a dinner that my husband would make, and then go back to bed again. There was even a time when the pain was so bad I was forced to rely on a wheel chair.
I tried physical therapy, chiropractic, and even had carpal tunnel surgery. I tried stronger and stronger pain medications including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications that gave me migraines, narcotics including morphine that caused constipation, and antidepressants that left me with a “flat affect”, feeling like I didn’t care about anything. All of these only gave me short term pain reduction. The pain was never completely gone and the drugs made me feel groggy and sluggish. Even worse, the disease was continuing to progress and my joints were deteriorating.
So, my doctor put me on a biologic agent called Remicade. It’s similar to chemotherapy and is administered intravenously every eight weeks. I was also prescribed Methotrexate, a cancer drug that suppresses the immune system. Both drugs required frequent testing of liver functions to detect collateral organ damage which showed up on several tests. Even with these drugs I still had constant pain.
With my first treatment David concentrated on the bursitis in my hip. With the insertion of just one needle I was able to bring my knee to my chest without pain! With the insertion of the second needle I could rotate my hip left and right without pain! I was elated, ecstatic and in total awe. I thought: What was this? How does it work? If two needles got rid of my hip pain, I could only imagine what lay in store for the rest of my woes.
Within two months I was off my sleeping pills. At four months I no longer needed to take pain pills on a daily basis. Between the fourth and seventh months of treatments I only needed pain medication twice and that was because I had overdone my physical activities. A year after I began treatments I was able to pass my Black Belt test in Tae Kwon-do! At this point in time my condition feels 1,000% better. I now feel like I never had any of these problems. I have been able to change my career, go back to school, and graduate with a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine.
I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because it gave me back my life. If you have a chronic health problem that requires continuous medication for “treatment” or offers no hope for lasting healing you owe it to yourself and your family to see what Abundance Acupuncture can do.
ARTHRITIS ALL OVER
I wish to write this letter to thank you once again for the relief your treatment gave me on my worst day and continues to give me with each treatment. My problems when I came to you were Arthritis in both knees, both hands, stenosis in lower spine, and hip pain. I was really hurting all over. This all started in 1994. 1 had become very limited in what I was able to do. This was very discouraging for me.
Prior to coming to you I had doctored with many specialists and a chiropractor. I tried many treatments and medications with no relief When I first came to you I was really in pain. After 3 treatments I received relief from my pain. Prior to my 5th visit I had severe pain in my good knee for two days. I didn't really think that I would get complete relief from this pain, but I did! On my 5th visit I was completely pain free. My first pain free day since 1994. HOORAY!! I could hardly believe it!! I was convinced I would never have a pain free day the rest of my life. I was wrong. I have had several pain free days thanks to David Milbradt.
I now know and believe that I can be pain free for the rest of my life, regardless of my age. To be pain free changes your life. You are more positive about all the things you are able to do once again. It feels GREAT! You and your staff are very kind and committed people. You care about your patients. That is so‑o important. I wish I would have committed myself to Acupuncture much sooner. I will never be without it again. You are a GREAT TEAM!
Thank you to All of You from a Very Grateful Me.
June 28, 2005
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and IBS
I hope this anonymous testimonial will help someone who is suffering problems similar to mine to find a solution though acupuncture. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in November 2007 because I was suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and asthma. I have had asthma for my whole life, fibromyalgia for 10 years, and chronic fatigue for over 5 years. The chronic fatigue was awful…I just wanted to sleep all the time and the fibromyalgia pain bothered me every day. The IBS caused be to be constipated, sometimes skipping bowel movements for several days, and then every month before my periods I would have diarrhea. At times it was difficult for me to sleep, I was grouchy with my kids and husband because I was so fatigued, and all of this left me feeling hopeless and depressed.
I tried medications such as Nortriptyline, physical therapy, and chiropractic. Although the chiropractic gave me temporary relief from the pain nothing helped with the chronic fatigue.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after the first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my fibromyalgia and IBS feel 100% better. Even the chronic fatigue is 80 to 90% better. I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like: no more PMS and 95% improvement with my asthma. Acupuncture also helped me overcome the grief I felt after a miscarriage.
During the treatments I deeply relaxed. The clinic is warm and the staff is friendly and professional. I would recommend acupuncture to everyone because it helps everything. Thank you!