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Restless Legs, Arthritis, Acid Reflux. & Asthma

My name is Connie S.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April, 2008 with numerous health concerns Ė from a sore shoulder to restless legs to arthritic pain to acid reflux to asthma to pneumonia. 

As you might expect, the problems I had sapped my energy, often caused me to be irritable with my loved ones, and sometimes made me feel hopeless Ė with little chance of regaining any degree of health.

Well, I am happy to tell you that some of my symptoms were relieved within the first two weeks of treatments.  As time went on, each and every symptom has been eliminated or greatly improved.

When I learned of the dangers of the medication that I was on for acid reflux, I decided to discontinue the Nexium.  Needless to say, thing got worse before they got better. But they did get much, much better! The kindness, caring, and expertise of the staff saw me through the down times and the good times.

I believe that Ė due to the acupuncture treatments and the herbal supplements Ė my body is in a much better state.  I have learned much about how to attain and maintain better health.  I thank God for leading me to Abundance Acupuncture!

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Restless Legs, Lymes, & Gall Bladder Disease

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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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.

Patty Porterfield

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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.

Bette M.

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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 wasnít 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 ďisnít it expensive?Ē My reply to that question is ďI would rather pay 100% for something that works than 20% for something that doesnít.Ē  Abundance Acupuncture has truly changed my health and well being which has changed my life. How do you put a price on that?

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