Point Prescription:LI11, LTW5, LI4, Wai Lau Gon. Both sides.
Method:Electrical 20 minutes, Moxibustion 1 cone.

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Dr. Zhao Xin Mei started treatment immediately after examining me. She then instructed me to "make 5 appointments, once per day. Complete rest for 5 days."

I was given a certificate of diagnosis to present at People Republic of China(PRC) immigration office in Hong Kong for an additional visa. This visa would allow me to return for further treatments.
Certificate of Diagnosis

This is the certificate of diagnosis from the hospital, an official government document. In the PRC penalties for a doctor giving a false certificate of diagnosis include prison.

Once I'd started treatment, I received acupuncture and massage on a daily basis. In 2 days, there was noticeable improvement. After the treatment was concluded, I was instructed to rest. After two weeks of treatment while away from work, the pain had been reduced in both frequency and intensity by fifty percent.

When I returned to Massachusetts, both of my doctors here recommended that I continue with neuromuscular therapy, acupuncture and rest. I had located one of Dr. Zhao Xin Mei's ex-students to continue with acupuncture.

In April of 1997, a hand surgeon had found a supracondylar process (diagram) in both my arms. This bony process is at the base of the Struthers' ligament. When the tendinitis caused my Struthers' ligament to inflame, with the result being that the ligament was forced out of place by the process, the inflammation put pressure on the median nerve (similar to that in carpal tunnel syndrome) as well as on the brachial artery. This condition reduced the blood flow to my arm and wrist. Adequate blood flow is an essential part of recovery from tendinitis.

I have since had the process removed from one arm and it has been very successful. The tendinitis is minor and improving. The process did not cause the tendinitis; it caused the both the nerve and artery to be impinged by the tendinitis. The process also made the tendinitis resistant to conventional treatments. The acupuncture, combined with rest, succeeded in reducing the inflammation from the tendinitis.

Today, I am still having pain. Because MSI's and the delay of treatment forced by MSI and their management I will always have pain. I can work, though I have to be careful by taking frequent breaks and regular icing of my arms.

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