40 years of Pain, crippled, all gone
40 years ago I was sitting on a dump truck when it hit a landmine. The explosion was so powerful that I was tossed up into the sky and landed in a rice field 40 feet away. I was so very lucky that my entire body was intact, but totally unconscious instantly. The next day in the hospital when I was semi conscious, I could barely hear someone talking around me. A good while later when I regained consciousness, I felt severe pain all over my back.
This severe and never ending pain has been with me for 40 years. The back pain which also radiates down to both legs with not only numbness, but also severe weakness. All these problems are further compounded with the lack of balance when walking. All of them have made me crippled as I could only move 30 feet at a time, and anytime when I moved, I also had to use a rollator and a cane to prevent falling.
So, mentally and physically, I was in a devastated state after 40 years of seeing dozens of doctors, continuous medical testing, including MRI’s, Ct scans, and all kinds of prescription drugs, over two dozens of steroid shots, two back surgeries, with no end insight, The only drug which could reduced the levels of pain for me was 500 mg of Tylenol which I relied upon for 40 years. So, after 40 long years, it has become unrealistic for me to even think that one day I could be pain free.
But then, out of nowhere and in all hopelessness, my doctor sent me to see Dr. Ling to try acupuncture. His first treatment which reduced my pain by 75%, has surprisingly and instantly rekindled my hope. After his 4th treatment, all my pain was gone, but the weakness and numbness on both legs still persisted and so was the walking imbalance feeling as I still needed a cane to come to his clinic. I realized then that the latter two problems were actually so much more difficult to treat than the pain problem. But after a few more treatments and the followup treatments from Dr. Nancy Ling, even the much more difficult problems vanished.
Now I can say, not only I can walk, my legs are much much stronger. And I do not stumble any more.
It is wonderful.
I have No pain and no cane.
If I am an important man, it can create big news. But I am a little man, and to me, I feel it is nothing short of a miracle.
Lots of thank to Drs Nancy and Tiong Ling
F. C. July,2022