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Chilling X-Ray Shows Bizarre Effect Years Of Acupuncture Had On Woman

Finding appropriate medical care can be a frustrating experience, and that’s especially true when you have a lingering issue that some doctors can’t seem to make heads or tails of. Such was the case for this 58-year-old woman from Asia.

She’s experienced pain in her hands and feet since she was just 18-years-old, and she was finally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 48.

We would imagine that she was quite frustrated after dealing with pain for three decades, but it’s unclear if that frustration influenced her line of thinking as to what course of action to take. She began taking painkillers to help with the symptoms, but she also sought out non-traditional treatment in the form of acupuncture.

Her specific treatment is known as gold-thread acupuncture, as sterile pieces of gold are inserted into the body when the needle pierces the skin.

While there’s no scientific evidence that it actually works, it’s a popular form of treatment in East Asia. Her rheumatoid arthritis wound up getting worse, and she sought treatment at St. Vincent’s Hospital in South Korea.

As the New York Post shares, some chilling x-rays would reveal what years and years of that therapy had left behind.

Her arthritis had gotten to the point that her joints were deformed, but that wasn’t the only alarming part about the x-rays of her hands. Her hands would actually glow in the x-rays from the gold fragments that were left behind during treatment.

While there’s nothing to suggest that the treatment exacerbated her condition in any way, it certainly doesn’t look it did all that much in the way of helping.

The woman was still in a tremendous amount of pain, and doctors that treated her believe her condition worsened because she sought non-traditional methods for help. Doctors at the hospital would recommend that she change up her medicine and start taking her prescribed medication as directed, and they were also able to perform surgery to reduce some of her pain.

While this is an extreme case, it helps to demonstrate that alternative medicines and therapy are not always the answer. There are schools of thought that suggest such things are the greatest things in the history of the world, but the realities are vastly different.

There’s a whole world of unproven treatments and therapies out there, and there’s absolutely no reason to play guinea pig in the hopes that they’ll work on you. The end result will likely be that you’re back at square one, and you could even find yourself with more problems to boot.

In this woman’s case, the acupuncture didn’t worsen her condition, but the woman’s insistence on following the same course for years on end did. We can certainly understand her desire to be pain-free, but it’s curious that she didn’t have an ‘a-ha- moment along the way as her symptoms worsened.

For the rest of us, it’s another example of how we should stick to the tried and true - as well as how we need to speak up for ourselves when things don’t feel right.

Source: New York Post
Photos: The New England Journal of Medicine, maska82/123RF Stock Photo, PxHere, U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Mikaley Kline Generic Photo, Pixabay

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