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Sciatica #186


male, age 60, TV producer

Complaints: Chronic left sciatica with pain in buttock and leg due to lumbar arthritis since 1983. The pain was worse with sitting and prolonged standing, occurring almost daily for the last 3 years. He played tennis despite the pain because it was one of his favorite hobby. But he stopped recently because the pain was becoming severe.

Acupuncture: Left-side yang horary points in Metal-Order of LI1, UB66, GB41, SI5, and ST36.

Treatment process: He had 11 acupuncture treatments so far at twice a week visit. The improvement was immediate and linear with less intensity, less frequency, and shorter in duration. He played tennis after the 9th visit, with minimal aggravation and quicker recovery than the ever before.

Discussion: Exercising and working with minimal distraction indicate a higher quality of living.

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