Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by sandi24, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. sandi24

    sandi24 New Member

    On tonights news here in Ontario, Canada they said 'New hope for FMS sufferers', for those unable to take medications, that acupuncture dramatically improves the condition for moderate to severe sufferers... so.. has anyone undergone this treatment ? Is it worth it and just how expensive is it ?

    I look forward to any advice :) thanks
  2. 30feeling80

    30feeling80 New Member

    I underwent acupuncture only 1 time. It was $75 for a 1hour session. A luxury I just cannot afford. Anyhow, the experience was incredibly relaxing and left me feeling peaceful for about 3 days afterward. The practicioner said the effects would last longer and longer the more sessions I had.

    It's something I would do again and again if I could afford it.

    Good luck,
  3. sandi24

    sandi24 New Member

    Who can afford $75 an hour :(

    Was it painful ? It looks ghastly especially when they put them on the face. (bodywise I have plenty of padding LOL)
  4. 30feeling80

    30feeling80 New Member

    I've go the padding, too! LOL They put some in my ears. I'd have to say those were the only ones that hurt. They didn't actually hurt. They were just uncomfortable. The other ones felt kind of warm and tingly, if anything at all. It was a cool experience. I would recommend at least trying it once.

  5. Meekah

    Meekah New Member

    I've been doing NAET treatments and accupuncture for about 3 months now and except for the week long dizzy spell I'm having, this summer is the best summer (healthwise)that I've had in years.

    I'm in Nova Scotia and for me it's 45$ a session.

    Hope this helps

    Hugs and Prayers
  6. phoebe1

    phoebe1 New Member

    I've went for alot of sessions with a wonderful therapist, but she said my body is just too toxic and for some reason very unresponsive, she couldn't figure it out.
    Everybody is different, for some it helps, for others it does nothing.

  7. redsox10

    redsox10 New Member

    My daughter has been going to acupuncture for 2 years. It helps her symptoms and imroved some of her problems. Helped alot with her abdominal issues, periods, and her immune system.

    Many insurances will cover 50% of the first 10 - 15 visits each year. We pay $25.00 for the first 12 visits.
  8. bpmwriter

    bpmwriter New Member

    if i could afford it, i would see my acupuncturist twice a week for the rest of my life. not only were the needles a benefit, but having studied chinese medicine, she seemed to be the most interested medical professional i've seen in terms of tracking my symptoms and discussing perpetuating factors. a true holistic approach. i felt like i had an acupuncturist, physician, therapist and masseuse all rolled up into one! having said this, the effects of acupuncture do seem to fade. it doesn't seem to offer long-term relief, at least in my case. but again, if you can afford it, it's a wonderful modality to try.

  9. sandi24

    sandi24 New Member

    Just one more thing.. *blush* do you have to strip off or is it done fully clothed ? It wouldn't be so bad with a female therapist but well.. I'd be uncomfortable with a guy..

    I guess it depends on where they put the needles.. arms, legs, face.. anywhere else ?
  10. starpoi

    starpoi New Member

    I've been having regular acupuncture on my back.
    I had this done by a doctor who specialises in myofacial (sp?) pain.
    I had needles put into the muscles that are causing me the most pain (mostly my neck and upper back) and i found it very relieving. It stopped them being so tense and painful.

    I found it helped a lot with the horrible tight feeling i had in my neck and I also found that it really helped with my posture.

    The only problem is that the effects don't last that long and it is expensive but I would recommend that people try it even if it is just for a few days relief.
  11. TheAurynn

    TheAurynn New Member

    But I know that is par for the course with fibro. Everyone is sooo different in their reactions to treatments. For me, it was extremely painful, especially in my back - and when they connected them to electricity I wanted to scream. I tried it a few more times hoping it would get better but it didn't, but then again, my docs always tell me I am very hypersensitive on my skin. And as for your last question, I did have to strip down but the acupuncturist (a guy) gave me a gown to wear so it wasn't too embarassing. Maybe it will work for you. Take care and gentle hugs,

  12. sandi24

    sandi24 New Member

    Electricity ??? owwsers.. I thought it was just needles into certain spots.. I tried the tens machine and that was too painful..
  13. Anita B.

    Anita B. New Member

    Over the years, I've had several 100 acupuncture treatments. Fortunately, it was partly covered by my medical insurance. On the theory that acupuncture was as much an art as a science, I kept trying new acupuncturists, even though past ones had failed to help me. I stayed with each acupuncturist anywhere from six months to two years, with weekly treatments except where one of us was away (except for one to whom I went for just two months). I've gone to at least 7 different acupuncturists, each having a different needling technique, and each having his or her own theory of how to go about treating someone with all over muscle aches and pains and lack of stamina, etc. These were all highly qualified, licensed acupuncturists. One of them did massage for 10 minutes before the acupuncture, and for 5 minutes after each session. One did hands-on energy treatments after each session. Several of them had me taking Chinese herbs (grown in the U.S.) as a complement to the acupuncture. Unfortunately, none of these acupuncturists were able to help me. Ditto for the herbs.
    One of the acupuncturists whom I highly regarded told me at the outset that acupuncture doesn't work for everyone. He said that if it didn't work after 6 sessions, it probably wouldn't work. I saw him for 8 sessions. He used a needling technique I think (although it was a few years ago and I might be mistaken) was a Vietnamese form of acupuncture. All the others practiced Chinese acupuncture. Most of them used the more classical form and some used a more modern form developed in the People's Republic of China. Some of them trained in China and others trained in the U.S. The practitioner using the Vietnamese form of acupuncture palpated each acupuncture point for about half a minute prior to inserting a needle. He was the only one to do that. If I were to go again for acupuncture, I would probably go to someone who used that technique. But for someone like you who hasn't tried acupuncture at all, any good licensed acupuncturist would be fine.

    The head of the pain clinic at a local hospital told me recently that acupuncture helps some pain patients but not others. He said you usually can tell after a couple of sessions. That's all it takes.

    sandi24, you only need to expose those parts of the body the acupuncturist is working on. I never had to remove underwear.
  14. sandi24

    sandi24 New Member

    for a very detailed post. I appreciate it :)

    I will look into therapists in my area.

    Thank you all :)