Acupuncture for Pain and Swelling in Ankles and Feet

Musculo-Skeletal

Chief Complaint: pain and swelling in ankle and feet, alcohol abuse

Medical History: Patient: 53 year old female

Occupation: art student

History: family history of alcoholism, pain in legs since 1978

Current presentation: Patient has stiffness and swelling in her feet and ankles making ambulation difficult. The pain is 8-9 on a scale of 0-10 with deep, heavy, sharp quality that is worse at night. She can recall no injury or precipitating factors. Feet are cool to touch, soft, pale with non-pitting edema. The patient smokes and drinks six beers a night. She eats cold foods for lunch.

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Allergies Treated by Chinese Medicine

Allergic

Chief Complaint: frequent sinus headaches, sinus drainage

Western Diagnosis: allergies

Medical History: Marked fatigue, bronchitis, sinus drainage. Her headache is behind the eyes. She also sometimes has one-sided headaches.Digestion-sometimes soft stool, occ hard, dry stool. Marked acid regurgitation, and some abdominal bloating. Patient is markedly overweight and admits that she likes sweets. Her periods are painful, with cramps. She occasionally has one-sided headaches; also has significant neck and shoulder pain. The patient takes Zyrtec and Flonase for her allergies. The Zyrtec makes her tired.

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Acupuncture and Oriental Herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Auto-Immune

Chief Complaint: joint pain

Western Diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis

Medical History: Female, 34 years old, physical therapist. Joint pain since she was little. Has seen regular physician. Take low dose prednisone off and on.

Ankle, knee and hip joint pain bother her a lot. Recently the both knee swollen, pain, feeling warm and affecting function.

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Acupuncture Treatment of Ankle Pain

Musculo-Skeletal

Chief Complaint: Decreased ROM and pain in ankle

Medical History: Patient had sprained her right ankle 6 months previous to first appointment. She had been to physiotherapy for 5 months without much improvement. ROM was limited to only 20% of normal ROM in both plantar flexion and dorsiflexion. Inversion was limited to about 30% of normal ROM. Pain was rated with testing movements at a grading of 4-5 out of 10. Pain increased with movement and this was particularly difficult as she is a swimming coach and a soccer player. Some swelling was also obvious around the external malleolus.

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Acupuncture and Herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Auto-Immune

Chief Complaint: Severe pain, edema and stiffness of various joints for 8 weeks.

Western Diagnosis: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medical History: Severe pain, edema and stiffness of various joints which were symmetrical and typical of RA. Joints affected included ankles, knees, hips, fingers, wrists, jaw, elbows and shoulders. Patient’s mobility was very poor and she needed considerable help with her personal needs. All activities were painful, the majority severely.

Questioning exam: Dull ache with stiffness. Worse at night. Trigger by coldness and tiredness.

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Herbs and Acupuncture for Diabetic Neuropathy

Cardiovascular

Chief Complaint: Lower extremity numbness, tingling, and pain for 6 years

Western Diagnosis: Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy

Medical History: 6 years ago the patient was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; concurrent with his diagnosis he began to experience signs of peripheral neuropathy in his lower limbs which include numbness, tingling and pain in the ankles and feet. The pain pattern is as follows: the toes are numb, the top of the sole and the sole of the feet are numb, and a numb pain and feeling of thickness with pain are felt around the ankle joint. There is also heaviness of the foot. The patient also reports a dull pain in the knees. The pain is on the yin side of the legs and the UB channel. The pain is aggravated by walking and is worse in cold wet weather. The pain is reported as a 6/10. Alleviating factors are warmth and massage.

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Acupuncture Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy

Metabolic

Chief Complaint: weakness and numbness in the legs

Western Diagnosis: Diabetic Neuropathy

History: Patient is a 61 year old male weighing 235 lbs, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes eleven years ago. Since then he has neuropathies in his lower extremities. In addition, he has pitting edema in his lower extremities, drop-foot in both ankles resulting from a pinched nerve at L4-L5 vertebrae caused by two car accidents.

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