Acupuncture...does it make anyone else's pain worse?

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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 5/3/2010 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok. So a month or so ago at the doctor's office, he had me do acupuncture. I didn't like it. It made me feel worse. At the visit before the one I had today, I told him I didn't like the acupuncture. Well, today, he had me do it again, and it made me feel worse again. Has this happened to anyone else? I thought acupuncture was supposed to help, not make things worse. But I feel so much worse after it. And the nurse who filled out my pain med script for the doctor totally screwed it up so I have to call them tomorrow and get them to fix the mistake. I am seriously considering getting a new doctor. They have been doing nothing but making me mad and miserable recently.
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Acheybody
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   Posted 5/3/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried accupuncture about ten years ago. Sometimes I'd feel better for a few hours, but it never had any lasting effect. But if it's making you feel worse, I'd say you should definitely stop it and get a new doctor if they won't listen to you, for sure!
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Sherrine
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   Posted 5/3/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you seeing your regular doctor for the acupuncture or a licensed acupuncture doctor?  I did try acupuncture for six months.  I was never worse but it didn't do anything for my fibro at all.  But, it did help my hearing!  Some people have had help with this.
 
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lostnomad
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   Posted 5/4/2010 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Accupuncture was suggested to me about 13 years ago for a neck and shoulder injury. However, I had had an EMG about the same time that sent me through the roof. I was in pain and bruised everywhere they put the needles in. Accupuncture was described similar to an EMG but without the electricity so there was no way I was going to torture myself. My Rheum doc suggested I "rethink" accupuncture but I don't think so.

What doesn't work for some, may work for others. However, if you are in more pain after having it done and your doctor isn't listening, it's time to move on.

Good Luck.

shannahsmom
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   Posted 5/4/2010 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having acupuncture 3 times a week for about a month now and I find it does help my neck alot. It seems to keep it from seizing up and causing a headache. I have my acupuncture done by my physiotherapist but she did warn me not to consume any caffeine for at least an hour after I have it done. I think before you give up on it maybe you should try a different practitioner and if it still bothers you then you'll know for sure it's the acupuncture and not the doctor.
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 5/4/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor just isn't listening to me. When I saw his PA, Gary, everything was fine. Gary listened to me. He understood me. Dr. Don just doesn't listen. He spends a grand total of ten minutes with each patient. They totally messed up my pain med script. I am supposed to get 120 to get me through a month, and for some reason, they only gave me 30. I am going to call them back this afternoon. I am seriously considering getting a new doctor. I can't handle someone who won't listen to me.
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Acheybody
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   Posted 5/4/2010 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
GOOD for you! And why should you have to??
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 5/4/2010 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Ask your accupuncturist for accubeads and to teach you pressure points. Beads are painless, put in your ears, and you just press them when you hurt. Your ears have like millions of nerves in them.
 
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 5/5/2010 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
They didn't use needles on me. They use this electric probe on my ear. At times it feels like a little needle, but it isn't. But, I am fed up with my doctor. He never listens to me. He is doing more harm to me than good. *sigh* It's definitely time for me to go doctor shopping. Wish me luck.
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Morningstar1600
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   Posted 4/24/2011 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have a herniated disk in my back, I have tried acupunture twice, and despite my acupnturists great enthusiam about the possiblity of relief through the practice, each time has incresed my pain diretly following the appointment and the increase in pain, which is obvious and acute, lasts for a couple of days after. What the heck!?

chanterelle
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   Posted 4/25/2011 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been going to an acupuncturist for 2 1/2 years regularly for herniated discs, DDD, fibro and so on. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it does not. Two weeks ago the relief was incredible. Last week it without question it made things worse, which makes me nervous as I am to go on a long-haul flight in a week and in this kind of pain will never be able to do it.
Back injury 2007 with 3 herniated discs, IT band syndrome, myofascial pain, DDD.
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Insomnia forever but worse the past few years due to pain and discomfort.

CompassionIsKey
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   Posted 4/13/2016 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I was in a traumatic accident, needing help with TBI & severe pain throughout my body, basically. Acupuncture was, and still is, my sweet relief. When the pain was most acute, for about 6 or 7 months, I went 3 times a week.
Now, I go more as-needed, but re-injured and returned and am getting treatment twice a week (for the past 3 weeks now). *The points are supposed to feel "strong", or a little painful, as those are the areas needing your body's attention most, and there are many points which may seem unrelated but actually tie into the same system you are treating (such as on the hands, feet, back of knees, ears, etc). Not sure exactly how acupuncture works, but this "getting the body's attention" thing makes sense to me and there are a number of theories, as research funding is just moving towards this practice and proving some really neat things (like fMRI imaging showing correlation between points and area of brain it should correspond to).
**Importantly, my acupuncturist says if you do not feel any sign of relief after two visits in a one week period, then it's time to try something else (perhaps another acupuncturist, if the first does not have good reviews/testimonials). I would recommend listening to the doctor, as he seems to have been following this protocol. So long as the acupuncture is done professionally, by someone well-trained and practiced/licensed, then I would trust the process and allow your body to work through its process and to let go of the fear that you might be getting worse, or harmed, as these reactions are very much normal. Be patient with yourself and try guided meditation specific to pain relief, maybe during a nice epsom soak, for pain relief as well <3.

Ljm2014
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   Posted 4/13/2016 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I really liked acupuncture...it did not always work to chase the pain..

But it released endorphins and relaxed me..

Later i said lets stop chasing the pain..and give it to me for fatigue..

That was great!!! It really gave me a boost! I always felt better after..

I use acupressure at home, in many ways..i have a acupen, which treats acupressure points with a microcurrent...with that i can sometimes dial my pain levels back in an area from 7 to 3..

I also use an acupressure mat, which relaxes me, reduces pain, and makes my sometimes shallow breathing ease..

But if you do not enjoy it..he should listen to you..my acu doc was trained in china and super agressive..it never made my pain worse.it made me feel better.

For me , i look forward to trying it again in the future..

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   Posted 4/13/2016 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not done acupuncture, but I do have an acupressure mat I lie on every night. I press into the areas that hurt and it really does relieve pain for me….it seeps right out of me. I would recommend anyone trying it. You can get the mat on Amazon. Many nights I am able to forgo the pain meds after I have used it…so worth the investment!
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