My first acupuncture treatment yesterday

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by satchya, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. satchya

    satchya New Member

    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.
  2. ourlife

    ourlife New Member

    That is awesome. Now i want to try this. My Rheumy put me on the Savella and it just makes me ill and a i'm not liking it to well. How has your constipation been? Sorry crazy question but that is a BIG problem for me. I'm on chronic constipation meds and it's not working and i dont want to go to another doctor. Did it help your legs? How have you felt a few days afterwards?

    sorry for all the questions...but i have heard such good thing about this. I'm willing to try anything. I"m 34 with 2 kids and a wonderful husband and it's all i can do to go out and do things with them. I want me back. I want my life back.
  3. satchya

    satchya New Member

    I actually just did this yesterday afternoon, so I don't have any long term results yet. But I'm happy with the results so far. I am 34 with 3 kids, so we have a lot in common :) I am married to a real sweetie too. It makes me sad when I feel like I want to be fully "there" for my family but am in too much pain. I'm like you, I keep waiting to wake up and be "normal" again. At this point, I'm willing to do anything.

    As far as constipation it's gotten worse over a couple of years until about a year ago when it got to the point of being so chronic it was making me sick in its own right. To the point where I would go a week at a time without relief. My doctor told me to use enemas if necessary. Extra fiber just makes me sick, i've tried that. This morning I woke up and "went" without any help at all. It was amazing. I know, way tmi, but only a fellow sufferer would understand the joy of that ;) lol.

  4. ourlife

    ourlife New Member

    please let me know how this goes for you. I'm about to try anything. I work a full time job and it is hard most days. I can't really take anything for pain and function. So as soon as i get home I go to bed. I'm supposed to be able to play with my kids and enjoy them hugging on me. I can't even enjoy a hug becuase it hurts... it's not tmi...i haven't been in 2 weeks and tried Miralax, prescription meds dont work real well...i'm like you...i'm not a big fiber person..makes me sick. I look like i'm pregnant i'm so swelled. Plus every med i'm on has a side effect of constipation.

  5. Empower

    Empower New Member

    So glad you got some relief

    I have been considering it for a long time now, and this makes me want to go
  6. DemonFairy

    DemonFairy New Member

    I've been waiting to try it for quite a while, but I haven't been able to afford any treatment beyond just affording my meds. How much did the acupuncture treatment cost, how often does the person recommend you get treatments, and what part of the country do you live in (for instance, places like New York & Idaho would probably completely different base costs)?

    I guess I should look it up to see if there's anyone doing acupuncture in my area of town. We have a Chinatown area (mostly a big strip mall that keeps getting bigger and bigger, and has started to take up at least three blocks of Asian companies) here, but it's too far to go for regular treatment; although, if it worked and I could afford it...I'd manage to get myself down there.
  7. DemonFairy

    DemonFairy New Member

    I found someone in Las Vegas and she had a price list. I imagine most practitioners will charge a similar amount. Right now, not affordable for me, but maybe in the future.

    First appointment (2 hours) $150
    Follow-up appointments (1.5 hours) $100

  8. satchya

    satchya New Member

    I think I'm pretty lucky as far as cost. My insurance covers acupuncture as a specialist copay so for me it is $30 a visit. I know she has a price list online for people without insurance coverage and it is between $60-100 a visit depending on what is done, and right now, for example, she is offering a special for $50 a visit if you pre-book 6 visits.

    There's no way I would be able to afford $100-$150 a visit. That would stink. Then again, I think of how much I pay a month for meds alone, and I wonder if it would be worth it in the long run. I don't know.

    She didn't say how many times I would need to come in. She wants to see me as frequently as I feel healthy enough to be seen for a little while. Probably every week to week and a half for a month or two. And after that maybe monthly for awhile. But she said there's no way to know for sure until we see how my body is doing with the treatment.

    I'm in the SouthEast, in a large city, if that helps as far as pricing by area goes.
  9. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    I was extremely relaxed just reading your post!! You gave us a VERY good description of how you were feeling during your treatment.
    It's nice to hear from someone first hand. As everyone else, I've had every possible "try this, this will work" comment from everyone I know.

    I might have to check into this. My only concern is finding a good one that knows a lot about Fibro. I think most Dr's say they do cause they think they know everything there is to know, without knowing much, if you know what I mean.

    DemonFairy - do you live in Vegas? The only time I felt well was when I spent 7 days there. I couldn't believe how good I felt. It was truly remarkable. I think it was the heat, dryness (although it's very dry where I live). I walked in a lazy river every day, was able to walk the strip - take less medication (a lot less)!!