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   Posted 9/2/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone tried Acupuncture treatment? I'm thinking seriously of having some treatments for my back condition  and my arthritic knees, and I hear it may help fibro, too?
My daughter is a technician for a vet who treats horses and small animals, and he is trained to do acupuncture on all animals. People in this country have used it on horses for a long time! My daughter says the results with animals with injuries or chronic pain conditions is amazing. We had a yearling filly who had an accident in the pasture last March and broke her hip and cracked her pelvis. smhair She got pain meds (horse version of Celebrex) and had a course of acupuncture, and I think the acupuncture helped her more than the meds! She's fully recovered now.
So I'm serious about trying it (with a human doctor smilewinkgrin ), and wondering if anyone here has had acupuncture?
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   Posted 9/2/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   

I have never tried acupuncture but I am a firm believer in acupressure. When I can't sleep at nigth due to leg cramps I can apply presure to the sensitive pressure points in my legs and it gives me some relief.
There are many good books on the subject and I have used it to cope with the sore places that I get with fibro.
It is not invasive in anyway. It is more like massage and you can apply it yourself instead of having to see a provider and have needles used.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I tried acupuncture and it did seem to work but it was to expensive for me and I had trouble getting there twice a week which it was initially.  But I would liike to try it again  but it is just to awkward for me.  Worth a try.. :-) :-)    sue2z
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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Fairlight and welcome. I've never tried acupuncture myself. I know acupressure that Larkspur was talking about can help  break up the knots in our muscles if done correctly. I believe it is like everything else it depends on how good the person is doing the acupuncture. I have heard it is expensive. If you try it let us know how it works for you.
Read all you can on the threads starting with the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains lots of good info, ask questions and we will be here for you.
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   Posted 9/3/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Acupuncture works for some but it didn't help me at all.  I was seeing the acupuncturist three times a week at $50 a visit!  That's $600 a month!  I did this for six months and the only thing it did was lighten my wallet.
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   Posted 9/3/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Fairlight, I did acupressure for about a year. I found that the best part of it was laying still and relaxing for an hour. You aren't going to be running off to do anything with those needles in you, that's for sure. I do believe that it helped to calm things down but didn't really "fix" anything in the long term for me. I was fortunate that my insurance covered it because it was performed by a medical doctor. I agree with sue2z that's it's worth a try if you can afford it. Lisa

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   Posted 9/3/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard it helped a lot. BUt i'm afraid of the needles...... : //

they also say massage is good.. but when people touch me.. it hurts so much. I can't imagine massage being good for me
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