I have had pain in the Ischial Tuberosity for about 5 years. Apparently this is a condition that many runners suffer from, and according to the runner's websites, forums and chat rooms I have visited, there really isn't much of a cure. The advice many are given is 'quit running'. So we do, for a while, and sometimes the pain lessens, and sometimes it doesn't. And it ALWAYS comes back if we should start becoming active again.
I don't remember where it came from, as I didn't have an injury per se, it was just an aching pain in my gluteal muscles that would spread to my hamstring and down to my knee. I had been to 5 or 6 doctors and pain specialists, and was given MRIs and X-rays and was given cortisone shots and all different kinds of medications. Over the years I was prescribed Lyrica, Gabapentin, and different kinds of steroids, strong anti-inflammatories and finally Vicodin. While the Vicodin did kill the pain, and works in a pinch, it was not really solving the issue. I have also tried, massage, Rolfing, meditation and physical therapy. I have been practicing yoga for years.
I know that my doctors and teachers were doing their best, and met some very caring and kind individuals. However, I was hoping to find a solution to my pain that would allow me to lead the full and healthy and active life I was meant for.
I know that everybody is different and lucky for me, mine responded very well to acupuncture at the Community Clinic in Makawao. I came in one day, just hoping that by trying something different I could get some relief. As a teacher, acupuncture had always been out of reach financially, so I was thrilled to find a clinic right in my town that I could try!
Well, Sasha and Angelika got right to work. I came (if I remember correctly) two or three times a week for 10 weeks, and then for 'check ups' over the next year or so every other week or so, or maybe once a month. I am sorry, I can't remember exactly. Anyway, as I lay on the table, needles sticking out of me, I could feel electricity coursing through my body. And yet, I would feel relaxed, almost in a dream state. I can't remember what Sasha told me, something about the brainwaves working differently. Anyway, they would joke with me as I left the office in a dreamy state after my sessions. Apparently, and luckily, my body just loved and responded very well to acupuncture!
Anyway, slowly, my pain began to subside with treatment. Sasha said that the area was full of inflammation from overuse and over stretching. With his treatments and herbs from Anjelika, they were able to bring down that inflammation and allow the area to begin healing.
I have had a lot of relief from my pain. While it will flare up from time to time, and I will take an anti inflammatory now and again, I do not have the agonizing, aching, keep me awake at night, constant pain I used to have. I was amazed at how well acupuncture and herbs worked. I am impressed, blessed and eternally grateful.