It was 40 years ago that Xu Long had acupuncture to relieve stomach pain, and "the pain stopped immediately," he tells Central European News. But the treatment appears to have come with some serious complications. Xu had more recently been suffering from new pains in his back and chest, Fox News reports. "Every time I went to a doctor, they said it was just old age," Xu says. The real culprit, it seems: an inch-long needle left over from the treatment.
Doctors in China found the needle through X-rays. "They told me there was a foreign body in my stomach, and I just panicked, thinking it was cancer," Xu says. "You can imagine my shock and relief when they told me it was the acupuncture needle." Health workers think the thing was traveling through his body as he moved over the years, the Daily Mail reports. A doctor says it ended up in his intestines, and it "had turned black and was very thick because of decades of oxidation." Now, the 60-year-old says he's cured. "My pains have completely gone, and I don't have cancer, so I'm a winner all round." (A more recent acupuncture recipient is a Brazilian alligator.)