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Peripheral Neuropathy in My Feet

picture of BobMy name is Bob McDonald.   I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October 2022 because I had been suffering from peripheral neuropathy in my feet for a number of years.

The neuropathy resulted in numbness and burning pain in both of my feet.  The pain was most noticeable at night and I had not been able to get a good nightís sleep in over a year. It also affected my balance which has worsened over the years.

I tried pain medications, physical therapy, and chiropractic which gave me some brief 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 75% better. I still feel some numbness but, the burning pain is gone and I am able to walk more comfortably with better balance.  

I would recommend acupuncture to anyone suffering from with pain. I am amazed at how much better I feel.

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Relief from Facial Nerve Pain

My name is Roger Krause.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September, 2Ol3 because I was suffering the after effects of a (Wallenberg) brain stem stroke.

A few days after the stroke, I couldn't swallow and I had some nerve pain on the side of my nose. With therapy I regained the ability to swallow and recovered my weight (I had lost 30 pounds), but the nerve pain in my face persisted and even expanded for four months. The intense tingling that started on my nose spread to include my lips, mouth, and both sides of my face.

The nerve pain would stay away for awhile and then come back spontaneously. It would go away if I wiped my face lightly with my hand, but I never knew how many seconds or minutes it would take to return. This made it difficult for me to work or do any other activities because I spent half the time lightly wiping my face to relieve the sensation. It also interrupted my sleep and made me feel irritable.

I tried medications such as carbamazepine to resolve this problem.  It didn't help with the pain and when it started to affect my swallowing my doctor discontinued it. 

I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after four acupuncture treatments. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I am able to do more work and participate more normally in everyday activities because I am no longer distracted by wiping my face all the time. I am also feeling significantly more energetic.

During the treatments I felt relaxed and in good hands. The herbs and supplements recommended by Abundance Acupuncture helped with my overall health and reduced my blood pressure. The clinic is excellent and the staff is very professional. I would recommend acupuncture to everyone I know that has some physical issues because the clinic treats the causes of our ailments; not just the symptoms.

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Relief from Neuropathy


My name is Linda.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2014 because I had been suffering from Neuropathy in my hands and feet for over 10 years. Diabetes and the side effects of chemotherapy had left me with unrelenting deep pains in my hands and feet.   My hands were so numb and weak that it was difficult do simple things like buttoning my clothes and putting on earrings. My feet were completely numb and felt no superficial sensations at all unless I stepped on something very sharp which could then lead to open sores and infections.  As a nurse I had difficulty doing my job and I had a series of five hand surgeries just to keep working.  The pain interrupted my sleep and it left me feeling exhausted, irritable and helpless.  Even walking and driving a car were hard to manage.


Pain pills did not help at all so I tried anti-neuroleptic medications and hand therapy with only temporary and very minimal results.  I also had allergic reactions to most of the medications I took.


I began to feel significant improvements with the first four to six treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my neuropathy feels 60 to 75% better.  I can do buttons and zippers, pick up coins, do sewing by hand, and put on most of my jewelry by myself.  Walking is getting easier and I can now feel the car accelerator under my foot.   I no longer have back pain, I have been able to eliminate my allergy and blood pressure medications, and the Chinese herbs provided by Abundance Acupuncture have helped reduce my edema and improved my energy level. 


I felt relaxed during the treatments energized and amazingly good after them.  The clinic is flexible with scheduling, itís a great environment for healing, and the staff is awesome.  I would recommend acupuncture to everyone because it promotes better health and cures heath issues without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.  As an R.N. I have learned much in the past few months that I never learned in 40 years of nursing.  I recommend Abundance Acupuncture to everyone I talk to.  

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Headaches and Neuropathy



My name is Gretchen.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March, 2011 because I was suffering from debilitating nerve pain in my head.  I had this problem for three months and it gave me sharp, shooting, stabbing pains in the back and top of my head.  I also felt severe pressure and pain building up in my head.  I was unable to lie in bed for longer than 30 seconds due to the pain, I couldnít sleep for longer than two hours at a time, and I felt fatigued, irritable, depressed, and hopeless.


I tried medications including antiseizure medications, narcotics, and other headache medications but they did not relieve the pain. They made me feel sedated and groggy which felt terrible because, even though I was horribly sleep deprived I still couldnít get a normal night of sleep.


 After the first two treatments at Abundance Acupuncture I was very aware that improvement was being made and after six treatments I felt significantly better. At this point in time my condition is 90% better.  I feel like I have control of my life again.  I am able to sleep at night and wake up rested.  I have more energy to enjoy work and life with my family again and I feel happier.


During the treatments I felt relaxed and at peace. I used the time to pray and sing hymns in my head. The clinic is very pleasant and the staff has a wealth of knowledge and professional training which they focus on caring for your individual needs.


I have never experienced this type of nerve pain before but, I would recommend acupuncture to anyone dealing with headaches and nerve pain because of the help I received.  I feel that acupuncture allowed me to regain control of my life and for that I am truly thankful.

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Severe Shoulder Pain from Nerve Damage


My name is Helen, and I have received treatment from David Milbradt for pain I suffered from a fall 2 1/2 years ago. The result of the fall was a broken ball on the top of my shoulder for which I had surgery to pin a now ball on that arm. I suffered a lot of pain with that operation and a lot of physical therapy. The following year I rammed the same arm against a door jam and broke the upper bone and damaged my rotator cuff.  The end result was that I suffered with a lot of pain that limited my life. I could no longer use that arm, I lost my ability to keep up my house, I lost my appetite and 20 pounds, I was unable to sleep, and the severe pain led to anxiety and depression, I had given up hope of leading a normal life.


I visited local doctors and pain specialists in Madison. Doctors kept prescribing pain medication, but no relief came from the medication for any length of time. The medication not only didnít help the pain, but it also had negative side effects by adding to my depression and loss of appetite. The pain ultimately affected my health in such a way that it led to hospitalization. An EMG exam revealed nerve damage in my shoulder from the original fall 2 1/2 years earlier The doctor said there was nothing that they could do except for medication.


Just prior to my hospitalization, we were going to give one last attempt for relief and try acupuncture. While in the hospital, David came up to my room and gave an initial examination. After many questions about my condition and an exam, he applied a few pressure points on my leg. Surprisingly, I had more range of motion in my arm and he thought I would be a good candidate for relief through acupuncture.


I began treatments and remarkably the first treatment left me without pain for 3 hours. That was the most relief I had in 2 1/2 years. After the first three initial treatments, I noticed a remarkable difference in the level of pain ‑ it was a miracle. After a month of treatments I am almost pain free in that arm. Life is so much different because of acupuncture!


Life is so much different because of acupuncture: I have relatively no pain and a much greater range of motion in my arm. I am able to do almost any type of housework and activity. I can sleep again and the depression is lifted. I have a new lease on life because the pain is so much less. Acupuncture probably saved my life.


Since then I have recommended people to try acupuncture because it is so effective, so relaxing and it doesn't have any negative side effects. I enjoy the office help, the people are so helpful and friendly and David really cares about my health and my quality of life.


Thank you David for helping me and to your office staff for helping walk me through those first sessions.


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Acupressure for Nerve Pain


My name is Polly B.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in December, 2007 because I had pain in my left arm and wrist following a blood draw where the phlebotomist struck a nerve.  The pain was intense and when the needle first struck the nerve bundle it felt like a massive shock.  I felt a shooting pain like a lightning bolt run down my arm and intensify in my wrist. After that the pain was a continuous dull ache down the length of my arm and any time I extended my arm I got an intense, sharp, shock like pain.  I had this pain for 3 days and at times the pain went up to level 10. 


It interrupted my sleeping and made it difficult for me to enjoy my work.  I could not even answer the phone with my affected hand and, because the pain was so sharp and intense my arm felt weak. I could not even lift small objects or type without intense discomfort. I tried the Ibuprofen that the nurse suggested and warm compresses but, I got no relief from these treatments.  


I began to feel 100% improvement in my pain seconds after getting acupressure treatment. It was like a miracle. When the pain instantaneously disappeared I was so shocked that, for a moment, I doubted that I had ever had the pain.  Before the treatment the pain was continuous and after the treatment the pain was infrequent. I could lift objects, and do household chores with very little discomfort. The pain level went from a 10 to 0 or 3 depending on my activity after the acupressure.  At this point in time my condition feels 95% better and I only feel a slight tingling in my wrist and fingers.


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Restless Legs, Lymes, & Neuropathy


My name is Linda.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in August, 2003 when it was located in Fall River.  My 90 year young, neighbor recommended him and I was suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), and Neuropathy.  I had been suffering from this since 1999.  The problem was worst at night in the legs from the knees to the ankles.  I was a Special Education Teacher who often dealt with children with severe behavior problems as well as Learning Disabilities. The high levels of stress from my job left me with sleeping difficulties and low energy levels.


 At one point, in November, 2004 I also became afflicted with Gall Bladder attacks, and had three visits to the emergency room with all the symptoms but not the most conclusive test that would result in Gall Bladder removal.   At one point I went to Abundance Acupuncture with severe pain and was seriously considering going back to the hospital and demand the Gall Bladder surgery.  David did a treatment and with the placement of one particular needle in the treatment, the pain level went from an 8 (Iím on my way to the hospital) to nothing. We finished the series of treatments and I have had NO Gall Bladder attacks since those treatments seven years ago. 


When Abundance moved to Beaver Dam I decided that was too far to drive and I discontinued treatments until April of this year (2011).  I had gone to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN two times and they prescribed Mirapex, which helped greatly with the crawling sensations.  I saw the neurologist from the UW two times per year or as needed, but I was still having difficulty sleeping and needed take pain medication to sleep.  The last year I taught school, I was taking a lot of Darvocet to get through a day, and then I would go home in tears. Other medications were added to my diet of medications to ease the pain, NSAIDS and then medications to protect my stomach from the irritation of all the medications.   It then became apparent that I could no longer physically or safely teach children in my increasingly worsening condition.  I retired on Physical Disability due to the RLS and Neuropathy in 2006.  That was probably the most difficult thing this physically active person had ever done.  Concede to a Physical Disability.


THEN:  The RLS was complicated by the contraction of Lymes.  I was hospitalized for three days, and after 30 days of antibiotics was declared cured.  In the last three years all the symptoms of Lymes with a conclusive diagnosis of Lymes, has reoccurred with out evidence of a tick bite. Each time I was treated with 30 days of antibiotics and each time the symptoms got worse, encompassing the entire body with the same symptoms of Lymes.  (Crawling sensations, pain in extremities, discomfort all over, sleeping 3-5 hours per night most often with pain medication, etc.)  It became so intense that I would become short of breath, and would shake so bad from the crawling sensation and pain that my teeth would chatter and was twice was taken to the ER.  For a third time I was diagnosed with Acute Lymes.  Again 30 days of antibiotics and the symptoms did not go away.  The level of hydrocone and the frequency with which I took it increased.  It was nothing to take 2 7.5 mg of hydrocodone in a short span of time.   As the episodes increased in intensity, they increased in frequency, until they were nightly, therefore so did the amount of pain medication.  Valium was added to the hydrocodone to ease my symptoms.  On one occasion in 2 hours I had one hydrocodone and 20mg of Valium.  I was still able to have a 45 minute phone conversation with my sister before the medication made me relax enough to go to sleep.


I am a person who loves to be outside, gardening, riding, hunting, fishing, camping, and canning my own food.  If I am inside I am cooking, quilting, and sewing costumes for my grandchildren, sewing horse showmanship outfits for another grandchild, knitting or crocheting.  My ability to do these things and my desire to live was declining rapidly, I could no longer participate in the things I loved most: hunting and fishing with my husband, playing with my grandchildren, gardening, and the final straw was when it hurt to ride my horse that I have had as a friend for 12 years.  I no longer wanted to go to the barn and could not ride some days as I was in too much pain.  


I had finally reached the end of my rope and was told I had to wait six weeks to see an Infectious Disease Specialists.  I called Abundance Acupuncture and was set up with a series of treatments and Herbs.  I have just had my first reevaluation and can say with joy that my desire to participate in life has returned.  After two months of treatments and herbs the episodes that were draining the life from me have stopped.  I have been 10 days with out an episode.   The NSAIDS, Prilosec and Valium are no longer needed.  The Mirapex at this point is still needed on a daily basis.  But the amount of hydrocodone I take has decreased dramatically to about 3 per week and not per day.  I am learning to limit myself so that the pain does not return (this is very hard). I have hope that my progress will continue and I will no longer have to hang the Disability sign in the front window of my vehicle. 


The fact remains that through Abundance Acupuncture I have regained my desire to again participate in life.  I have reached the Senior Citizen category and will be 65 in a few months and now feel I can reach my goal of riding my horse at 75+. 


The clinic and staff are welcoming, calming, and the staff is particularly caring in the clients needs, desires, physical and emotional wellbeing. I would and have recommended Abundance Acupuncture to a family member and a friend so that they might regain their health through acupuncture.

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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!

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Relief from Back Pain & Hand Numbness


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.

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Relief from Shingles Pain on Forehead

I came to Abundance Acupuncture in August, 2018, because I was suffering from a tingling feeling sensation near and above my right eye area from having shingles near and above my right eye area in December 2016. The nerve above my right eye was damaged from the shingles, which therefore caused this problem.

I have had this problem for one in a half years. This problem was a constant annoyance all day long. The sun and heat were factors in making the problem worse.

I was prescribed a couple different medications to help with nerve pain issues, which did not help my problem. I was advised to wait for a year in a half to see if the damaged nerve area above my right eye would heal up on its own and the tingling feeling sensation would be gone, but after 18 months nothing changed.

I asked my doctor for a referral to a neurologist for help. The neurologist did not have suggestions or treatments to help with my problem.

I went back to my doctor and advised him the neurologist had nothing to help with the problem. I also advised my doctor the nerve pain medications did not help the problem. My doctor advised I could try acupuncture to see if that would help my problem. My doctor referred me to Abundance Acupuncture.

Iím so grateful that my doctor referred me to Abundance Acupuncture. I wish my doctor would have suggested acupuncture right away. I would have never thought weekly acupuncture and blood letting treatments would help my problem, but it has improved my tingling feeling sensation to almost gone.

I have also had significant improvement in another symptom of eye twitching.

The staff of Abundance Acupuncture are awesome! All the staff takes time to help and listen to you. The staff wants your condition to improve and will work with you in any way to get that accomplished. I was able to make appointments around my work schedule with no problem.

On a scale of one to ten, I would give Abundance Acupuncture a ten for the service and treatments I have received. I would recommend Abundance Acupuncture for anyone trying to get help for a problem.

Respectfully submitted,
Don R.

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Peripheral Neuropathy


About six years ago, I started having trouble with my feet.  Two years later, I was finally diagnosed as having peripheral neuropathy.  I went to several doctors, but the advice they gave me Ė such as vitamin B6, Neurontin and Capsaicin ointment had no effect at all.  I started to have trouble walking without limping and I had always enjoyed walking for exercise.  Then I thought of acupuncture.


About that time, I learned an acupuncturist, Dr David Milbradt, had come to Beaver Dam.  I made an appointment and after an examination, he said he thought he could help me.  And help me he did.  After several treatments, the pain started leaving.  I now can walk normally again.  I also have renewed energy.  I find Dr Milbradt to be a kind and caring doctor with a pleasant personality.


I would highly recommend trying acupuncture for pain relief without having to take medications that could have side effects.  It has made a big difference in my life.


Margaret C.


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