Acupuncture for FM Indicated Significant Improvement

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, May 12, 2006.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Acupuncture Revisited

    A new study on acupuncture and fibromyalgia, from the Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier, Calif., has found that FM patients undergoing eight weeks of acupuncture treatments experienced significant improvement—and that the higher a patient’s Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire score, the more positive was the change they experienced.

    For more on the sometimes contradictory results of acupuncture studies, go to

  2. hob

    hob New Member

    I have been going to an acpunsturist for about 3 months now and it helps a lot with the muscle spasms and tension. I am so excited about this treatment that I am trying to get into school for it so I can help others.
  3. LouiseK

    LouiseK New Member

    Has anyone felt improved energy with acupuncture?
  4. MamaR

    MamaR New Member

    How are you doing? Much better I hope.

    I am going to check and see if acupuncture is covered under my insurance. I can't take many pain relief meds.

  5. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    I had acupuncture one time and it actually made me worse and very weak for about 4 days. I could hardly type on the computer then.

    I never had it again. Of course a pain specialist did it and he said he didn't believe in FMS. But then he told me I had FMS. So how does that make sense?

    I think here we go with what helps one person doesn't help the other person. Same as anything we take to help us.

    Thanks for the info, though.

    I hope you are feeling better to be on the board for a bit. Surely miss you here.


  6. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    I have been getting acupuncture for quite a while and it helps enormously. It helps the pain, energy and relaxes me. The treatments are often different depending on what is going on with me that day.

    It is important to get an acupuncturist who has had several years of training. Some of the Chinese ones are amazing. The MD s have often had a short course only and that really isn't adequate to understand the whole science of acupuncture.

  7. lucky

    lucky New Member

    After being in terrible pain for months and not much help from my doctor, except meds with lots of side effects, my last resort was to at least try to get relief by seeing a Chinese acupuncturist. The results are not overwhelming yet, I have gone only 4 times, but my nerve pain has become manageable and it is by far not as severe as it was before the treatment.

    Best wishes, Lucky
  8. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    say it doesn't help and I have read those also. I tried it back in the long list of things I tried for years like Chiropractors, PT etc etc etc and like those it made me feel worse.
    I say anything that helps anyone is worth it..and I would say try things if you can afford it, it might be your answer. I have friends who swear by the TENS machines, I hve one here and it was EXPENSIVE and it's nothing but a dust collector. Caused me spasms at even the lowest levels! You just never know with these dds!
  9. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I have never had acupuncture but would be willing to try it, but I don't think there is anyone locally who does it.

    And ... I doubt that Medicare would cover it.

    MamaR: I am not doing much better, but I'm trying to force myself to do more each day. I am seeing 2 new docs and I hope they can eventually get me better. Thanks so much for asking.


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