was diagnosed with pancreatitis in 1974.
Surgeries corrected immediate problems, but I continued to have
severe attacks requiring hospitalization once or twice a year.
By 1988 the attacks increased in number and severity and again
underwent a surgical procedure, the acute attacks decreased, but
I got chronic pancreatitis and daily pain. I went on various medications
including long-acting morphine and later a narcotic patch. The
body began to tolerate the medication and I required more to get
the same effect. By 1999 even a maximum dose wasn't working. I
was becoming depressed, have trouble getting to sleep, restless,
poor appetite, continuous nausia with other health problems arose.
After taking antidepressants which made me feeling even worse.
Pain specialists told me not much could be done except removing
the rest of my pancreates but not guarantee it would work and
it could leave me diabetic as well. I finally decided to try acupuncture
before resorting to major surgery. During my first visit, Dr.
Tao able to alleviate some of my pain and control the nausia.
He also put me on an herb regimen. Now, after three months, the
nausia is completely gone, my appetite is good again and-best
of all-the pain is nearly 100% gone. I no longer feel of dread
and sadness, I sleep better and feel rested, I feel I have more
energy in years. And I'm off all medications. I truly like a new
person and I thank Dr. Tao for giving me my liffe back."