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Unexpected Stroke Recovery After Four Years

My name is Kurt K.  I had a stroke in 2011 and lost 90% or more of the mobility in my left arm & hand and in my left leg & foot.  I started my recovery as an inpatient and continued as an outpatient.  I tried everything that I could to get better including lots of medications, physical therapy, and even Botox injections, but after one year my left fist was still immovable and tightly clenched, I could barely move my left arm, there was no movement in my left ankle, and I dragged my leg around like a club.  My doctors and therapists told me that there was no chance of further improvement.  According to them I was going to be like this for the rest of my life.

Since I hadn’t seen any improvements for years I felt that I had nothing to loose.  I had also developed a constant throbbing pain in my left side and recently began to have pain in my right arm from trying to compensate for my disabled left side.  It was difficult for me to sleep and I felt exhausted, irritable, and depressed.  To make things worse I had recently fallen and broken my left arm.  I couldn’t feel comfortable or confident in my self.

During my first six acupuncture treatments I was amazed to find that I could wiggle my fingers and move my left arm for the first time in four years.  I was super impressed.  We set up a plan for five more months of treatments and things have gotten better, and better, and better.  The pain in both arms is gone, I can walk without a major limp, and I have 80% more movement in my arm and fingers.  I can scratch myself when I itch and I can get on the floor and play with my dog without worrying that I would be unable to get up off of the floor.  I am sleeping better and I’m no longer irritable and depressed.  I feel more confident, more alert, and better able to deal with problems that come my way.

I wish I had found Abundance Acupuncture sooner because I’m sure I would have made more progress and it would have happened faster.  I want to tell everyone who has a stroke, “Don’t wait.  Start getting acupuncture as soon as possible”.  

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Best Therapy for Stroke Recovery

My name is Clyde P.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in January 2016 because I had been suffering the after-effects of a stroke for six months. My entire right arm was completely paralyzed and my right hand was swollen and tightly closed.  My right leg and foot were stiff and movement was very limited.  I had difficulty completing sentences because I was often unable to remember common words. After the stroke I was suddenly unable to function and participate in life. These restrictions left me feeling frustrated and anxious. I tried medications such as Buspar, Tramadol, Vasotec, Proscar and others, as well as physical therapy to resolve this problem, but only had limited results.

After my first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture I noticed increased flexibility and mobility in my right leg. My right hand was also less swollen. With more treatments I found it easier to get out of chairs, my hand was less tight, and I could move my leg back for the first time since the stroke. It was very encouraging to see these improvements in my life.

After three weeks of treatments I was amazed to be able squeeze my right hand.  Shortly after that I was able to pull my right elbow back and move my arm from side to side again.  With continued treatments I felt increased vitality, alertness, and flexibility.  My speech has also been improving a great deal during the last few weeks of treatments. In fact, I think that the Acupuncture has done more to help me than any other therapy.

In addition to the acupuncture treatments, the Chinese Herbs and Supplements recommended by Abundance Acupuncture have helped my recovery and boosted my energy levels.   I would recommend acupuncture to anyone in stroke recovery because I have recovered functions which might have been lost forever.  The treatments at the clinic are very relaxing.  The staff is compassionate and listens to all my concerns. Bravo to all involved!  Thank you to the moon and back!

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Right Side Paralysis: Stroke Recovery

My name is Heidi R. and I live in Watertown. I’ve been coming to Abundance Acupuncture for 12 years. I have chronic back pain due to arthritis and treatments from this clinic have eliminated the need for strong pain medication and has greatly enhanced my quality of life over the years.

Last July, I was looking forward to retirement after 50 years in the work force; however, on July 3, 2017 everything changed. I awoke not feeling well and decided to go to the urgent care department at the local hospital where I was told that I suffered a stroke during the night. I was transferred to Waukesha Hospital for 2˝ weeks and then released to home care. As a result of the stroke, I lost control of my right side. It affected my walking, my right arm, my speech, and I was restricted to sitting in a wheelchair.

One of my cousins drove me to Beaver Dam every week so that I could receive treatments from Abundance. The first treatments were given in a chair and gradually I was able to get on the table again. My treatments included taking short walks outside in the parking lot while sampling Mulberry fruit from a nearby tree and eventually walking up and down the block.

As well, I received physical therapy from the local hospital for several months. I regained my drivers’ license in December 2017. In 2018, I received treatments every two weeks to strengthen my right arm, increase my walking, and it has also helped me to speak more clearly.

In addition to acupuncture, I use the “Y” in Watertown for exercise, which is four blocks from my house. I started with the “Coach Me” program which involved working out three times per week and progressed to targeted exercise and personal training with a trainer. I also do specific exercises at home from my physical therapist that involves range of motion for my right arm including a pulley, weights, and floor exercises. As a result of all of these efforts, I have regained about 75% of my strength back and a great deal of my range of motion on my right side!

Now it has been approximately 15 months since the stroke and I am finally beginning to feel like myself again. My ultimate goal is to return to about 95% of strength and range of motion on my right side. The kindness and respect that I received from the staff at Abundance Acupuncture, as well as the treatments themselves, helped me with pain issues and to make continuous progress.

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Relief from Facial Nerve Pain

My name is Roger K.  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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