BACKACHE WITH DISK HERNIATION
A 27 year-old female complains of severe backache with limping. The pain is so severe that it prevents her from ambulating. She did not recall any trauma or injuries related to the symptoms. She denies any bowel or bladder incontinence.
She has been in and out of the emergency for severe pain without any relief. According to the patient, extensive studies have been done to rule out any pathology. She was given narcotic drugs to alleviate the pain. Over several weeks of narcotic drugs administration, the pain has not been reduced. However, her constipation becomes a prominent issue as a result.
Examinations show the patient has severe blood stagnation based on tongue. Physical examination is consistent with disk herniation. Electrical acupuncture treatment is used along the related meridians and channels. Cupping is used after acupuncture.
After two office visits, the patient is able to walk freely without trouble. She is able to go back to work the following day. Herbs are given to reduce blood stagnation. One month later, the patient is checked in without any sign of stagnation or constipation. She is completely pain free.