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   Posted 12/13/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
I am going to try acupuncture on Monday night. I figured it cant hurt and my insurance covers 15 visits a year, so why not try it? Even if it helps to alleviate SOME of my pain and health issues I would be happy. Any suggestions for before or after I go? Thank you in advance and please wish me luck!

26 years old, living in Chicago, Chronic abdominal wall pain due to nerve entrapment. I have IBS-D, neuropathy and now get migraines. Gall bladder removed, 2 failed exploratory nerve surgery, pancreatitis, several hospitalizations for IBS flareups. Medications: Welchol, Align, Ambien, Oxycodone, Thiamine, Zyrtec-D, Fiorict

I am a dance teacher and choreographer who loves children and cats! I am to be married on June 27, 2009 to my wonderful fiance Jon!!

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   Posted 12/13/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mala,

I go to acupuncture several times a week. I've been doing it for my eye for 6 mo, and also did it for a year or two about 5 years ago for shoulder pain. It is one of the only things that gets me through the week right now. Acupuncture doesn't help me as much as I would like it to, nor do the effects last as long as I would like, but it DOES help, and as you said, as long as it alleviates some of the pain... But, it is a very personal experience. Some people respond really well, really fast, others do not. It's all about how your body reacts. Mine is very stubborn, so within several sessions of finding a treatment that works well, my body adjusts & we have to rethink our approach.

If this is your first session ever, I would definitely eat something before you go. Acupuncture moves a lot of energy around (sometimes you can even feel it, it's really neat), and it can make you feel shaky during/afterwards, especially in the beginning. Also drink a lot of water for the next day after going, as it will help eliminate the "negative chi" in your body that was stirred up by the treatment.

Also, don't be disappointed if you don't get any results the first time, or even the first couple of times. It takes time for the acupuncturist to understand your condition & find the points that your body will respond to. If you can, stick with it for a month or two before you decide whether or not it is helping & it is something that you want to continue.

And if you are scared of the needles, ask the acupuncturist to stick one in your arm or something (a random place not associated with your pain) before he does the actual needling so that you can see what it feels like, believe me, it will make you much more confident & relaxed to see how tiny the needles are & what it feels like. Yes, some points hurt, but others you can hardly feel, it depends on the point. And when the do hurt, it is only during the initial insertion, so it just lasts a few seconds to a couple minutes. And if your acupuncturist is good, he'll start you off slow so that you can build up trust in him first. I've gotten to the point where I let my acupuncturist do anything on me, because I trust him so much. He does points on me that almost no one else can tolerate, but if you like & trust your acupuncturist & know that it will help, it is worth the momentary pain in the long run.

Good luck! I hope it helps! Let us know how it goes!


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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I did acupuncture several times, I didn't get any pain relief from it- but it did help the blood flow, which helps the pain meds work better. Its not bad at all. Some people do well on it..... let us know how it goes!!!!
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
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Pamela Neckpain
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 12/15/2008 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh my,
My two experiences with Accupuncture were negative. Very negative. No point in
me saying more.
One thing the accupuncturist stuck a needle in the top of my head. I dreaded it
but it really didn't hurt. So fear was not the reason it didn't work. uh uh.
Pamela shakehead

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish you lots of luck.
Myself I tried acupuncture for my headaches that i constantly have and it didn't work. I went three times a week for three months. I was so disappointed as this vietnamese dr. is apparently the best! It was quite the feeling when you walked into that room and I had such great faith. It was just not to be unfortunately.
Let us know how you make out.
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