My husband's coworker has fibro, and heard him talking to another coworker about how worried he was about how I just couldn't find relief from pain. She told him that she had worked her way through every pain medication out there and finally tried acupuncture, and found so much relief from that that she now takes no medication at all for her fibro. He really wanted me to go, although i was very skeptical. So yesterday I had my first appointment. It was an hour and a half long. The office was so soothing and quiet, like a spa. The doctor is about my age, maybe a little older. Very nice. We talked for awhile, we have a lot in common. She took my history, and then felt my pulses. Apparently in chinese medicine you have, like, 26 or 28 of them. But they are all felt at your wrist, just at varying depths. It was so interesting. She looked like she was very subtly playing the trumpet on my wrists. And she looked at my tongue several times. When I got up on the massage table for needle time I was thinking, this is all very relaxing, but I'm sure it's not going to do anything. I'm not really afraid of needles, so I wasn't too worried about that part. And honestly I could barely feel them going in. She started with just 8 needles yesterday. She said she starts very, very slowly with her fibro patients. She doesn't want to create a healing crisis. Anyway, by the time she had four needles in, (I was laying face down on the table) I felt like I was laying on a raft in a swimming pool, bobbing and swaying in the water, heavy and relaxed. I had my face down in the headrest thingy and there were the words "Earth Lite" on the headrest, and by the time she had needles 6-8 in, the words were so blurry I couldn't read them. I remember thinking, this is very strange. This is actually doing something to me. How very, very strange. It was like feeling drunk, but not in a bad way. Then she put a very light space blanket over me to keep me warm and left me to "cook" for twenty minutes and let the energy pathways do their work. By the end of the twenty minutes my legs were twitching and jumping like they'd been doing weight lifting exercises, but they were also incredibly relaxed, if that makes sense. She helped me sit up after she took out the needles, and I just sat there and yawned and yawned and yawned. My shoulder and neck pain was gone. My voice was all relaxed and gravelly. When I got home and looked in the mirror, the dark circles under my eyes were gone. She said she believes I have some serious energy stagnation issues causing most of my problems. Interestingly, once I got home I started peeing and peeing and peeing. I was up peeing all night, and still at it. I've lost about 3 pounds of water weight since yesterday. And I've had constipation issues for about a year and a half, but I had a bowel movement naturally with no issues at all this morning. I also slept like the dead last night. I didn't have to take any pain medicine either. I can't wait to go back. I know it will take a lot of visits to see if this will actually be an answer for me, but I was very intrigued. I am so curious to find out what this is all about. I would never in a million years have thought this was anything that could work, but something happened on that table.