Accupuncture for FM/CMP ???

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Granniluvsu, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Hi All,

    Has anyone ever used accpuncture for FM and or CMP? I was just wondering since a husband of a friend of mine has just started going to one for back pain and numbness in his feet ( I believe). His wife mentioned that to me today and said that she thought that perhaps it might help my FM/ CM Pain.

    If anyone has tried it could you tell me how it went and if you thought it was worth it and approximate cost. I know that insurance will not pay for it and surely not Medicare.

    Any information that any of you can give me on this subject would be most greatfully appreciated. I have had pain for 20 years and just got dxed about 2 months ago. It was no surprise to me that I had it after all my investigating . Plus I was dxed many years ago with EBV that they thought was probably one of the causes of what is now known as CFS/ FM at that time.

    I have pain all over as well as osteoporosis. However, the worse thing I have is the head and neck pain from what I have finally found out is Chronic Myofasical Pain.

  2. bluestanglady

    bluestanglady New Member

    I haven't actually tried it but my rheumatologist wants me to try it for my FM. But since insurance and Medicare will not cover it, I can't afford it. He said it would help, though. He did give me a trigger point injection in my hip last week. That helped me a lot.
  3. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    I'm setting an appointment tomorrow. I'll have to pay $150 dollars out of pocket. I'm wondering how many times he will want me to come back and how long it will end up taking... and how much for each visit after the first..It's all a new experience for me....
  4. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Please let me know how it goes for you and the cost. I am sure it also depends on how many needles and how long it takes.

    Anxious to hear more about it. If it is to expensive I won't be using it either . So, we will see.

    Thanks forposting.

  5. ephemera

    ephemera New Member

    I first tried accupuncture 2+ years ago. I got a referal from a rheumie (who clearly didn't like seeing any FM/CFIDS patients -- haven't gone bad to her!) & my accupunturist is licensed & an MD as well as Chinese medical doctor & a trained herbologist as well.

    I had misgivings at my first appointment, but she really listened to me talk about all my problems (really all) & didn't cut me off. She checked a few body parts (tongue, etc.) & told me I had liver dampness & kidney weakness. I was in a total fog & couldn't get my mind around anything she said. I always asked questions before my treatments & gradually began to understand some concepts.

    I underwent 5 months of needles 2 or 3xs per week. My worst problem areas were lower back & shoulder pain. She did 30-45 minutes of needles which did not hurt at all, as well as needles that vibrated. Some of the needles were also lit at the end of my sessions to smoke for several minutes. She gave me herbal patches & heat patches to put on my skin. When I developed a rash (I have extreme sensitivity & lots of allergies) she was able to apply the patches to my outer clothing.

    Alas, I did not get real relief from the needles. My insurance paid 80% & I had 20%. Cost was usually $50-75 per session depending on the number of patches I wore for 12 hours.

    The best thing about the accupunturist & what I'm still doing is her personalized herbs she makes for me. Yes, they taste terrible & smell horrible when boiling on the stove. But I think they've helped as have the other pills she's given me.

    Whenever I see her she still wants to know of any changes (good or bad). She's told me I am very ill & it will take time to recover (FM/CFIDS/Lyme, etc.). Her empathy is certainly greater than the specialists I see. Best thing is that I haven't had any bad reactions to her herbs like I've always had to drugs.

    I'm considering going back to try the needles again.

    I wish you luck with your experiences.
  6. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Thanks to you al for all your thoughts and information. I will definately buy the book. I know a few people have given me tips on books already but I have not gotten any yet. I think the TP Woorkbok will be one of the first books I will try, along with a few others.

    I am still deciding about accupuncture and may try it one of these days after I get things straight (meds, etc) with my doc. Was just dxed a couple of onths ago even if I have had it for over 20 years. What a bummer !!

    Bless you all


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