acupuncture update - esophageal spasms

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Uncle Leo
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   Posted 8/7/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday I had my 4th acupuncture session in 2 weeks, so here is my update on it.
 
After the acupuncture I felt really relaxed, but last night I had so much more energy!
 
I had a cough from a slight reflux while I slept, but it wasn't as bad as it's been in the past. 
 
I haven't thrown up on 4 days  yeah which doesn't sound like much, but this is the longest I've gone without throwing up (knock on wood) in a loooong time!  I still can't eat a large meal, but I've been able to keep my food down.  I even had pizza for lunch yesterday (just one slice though, but baby steps!).
 
I think the herbal teas have also helped.
 
I know acupuncture is a slow process, but if it does what medicine hasn't been able to do, I'm willing to be patient!
 
I'd still like to hear from anyone that may have tried acupuncture!
 
Spasms are bad...


dencha
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   Posted 8/7/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, Uncle Leo! We'll continue to be interested in hearing how you progress as you continue with your accupuncture treatments!
Take care and good luck!
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 8/7/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Uncle Leo,

Your sounding better with each treatment.  I find it fascinating and please do keep posting your experience with acupuncture.

Take care,
Kitt


 

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Uncle Leo
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   Posted 8/7/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the words of encouragement!  :-)
Spasms are bad...


griffdawg
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   Posted 8/8/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
where did u go??

Uncle Leo
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   Posted 8/8/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It's an acupuncture Dr in Hallandale Beach Fl, Christine Wu. She studied medicine in China and practiced there for 20 years. She then came here and got her certifications, nationally and in Florida, in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Like I said, I've only been going for 2 weeks, and am not 100% but I do feel better so far!
Spasms are bad...


Uncle Leo
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   Posted 8/11/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Had another session yesterday!

After Friday's session I felt much better this weekend than I did last weekend! I still feel the food getting stuck, but it eventually goes down - most of the time - which is an improvement from where I was a few weeks ago.

I still have the reflux at night, so the Dr. changed the herbs around to try to help my reflux. Let's see how it goes.

She also said my pulse is a little stronger. It's funny, I hadn't even thought about it, but a few weeks ago, I was trying to get my pulse and I was having a hard time getting it on my wrist. Now, I find it right away.

I'm not gaining weight, but at least I'm not losing it. I was losing at least 3-4 lbs a week before! I'm also having a little easier time with liquids.

I'm actually going to a new GI on Friday. It's an appointment I'd made about a month ago, but even though I'm feeling a little better, I'm going to keep it. This guy is listed under Castle and Connelly as one of America's top Doctors. Let's see what he has to say.

Still not 100%, but keeping the faith! :)
Spasms are bad...


dencha
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   Posted 8/11/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Uncle Leo,
It's great to hear that you're holding your own, and even finding improvements with the acupuncture. I think it's good to be going to a new GI doc as well. Modern medicine, combined with the more traditional accupuncture sounds like a great mix. Don't be surprised if your GI doc is less than convinced that the acupuncture is the reason you're finding improvement. They tend to be less than convinced that there are any viable options other than mainstream medicine.

We're here rooting for you! yeah yeah yeah
Here's hoping you find a solution to the things that are bothering you.
Keep us informed!
Denise

Uncle Leo
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   Posted 8/11/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise,

I know most doctors don't believe in alternative treatments, but from what I've heard from this guy (a colleague at work recommended the GI), he's good about "prescribing" natural vitamins etc.

either way, it's hard to dispute that there's been an improvement since I started going to acupuncture, even if it's psychological, I'll take it!

I'll let you know what he says!

Leo
Spasms are bad...


stkitt
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   Posted 8/11/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Leo,

I love your attitude.  Keep it as it will take your far.  I am glad you are seeing a new GI and I find that there are phhsycians out there now that do look at alternative treatments.  As you said if it makes you feel better then that is a good thing.

We do have the Minnesota Acupuncture Center here but it is about 40 miles from my home.  There are private practices available here to.  The Center also teaches acupuncture from what I know of it.  My sister went for pain relief from her cancer.

Keep us posted my friend,

Kitt

 

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Uncle Leo
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   Posted 8/13/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Going for another session today after work! wink
 
Had a pretty good week this week! Slept better, but still having some coughing fits when I first lie down, although I may be catching a slight cold, so that may be part of the problem.
 
I still have to eat small meals, but I actually went to McD's blush with colleagues from work  yesterday!  So I only had 2 pieces from the chicken selects and a handfull of fries, but I felt ok afterwards!  Been snacking in between meals to try to keep up my calories as I can't afford to lose more weight!
 
I also go to the new GI tomorrow... let's see what he says.  I wonder if my DES progressed to Achalasia as my other GI feared it may.  My biggest problem is still feeling the food get stuck!
 
Either way, the acupuncture has definitely helped me feel better, and definitely lifted my spirits!
 
I'll write again in a few days!
Spasms are bad...


stkitt
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   Posted 8/13/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Leo,

Glad to hear your week has gone well.  I am sorry to hear you may be coming down with a cold. 

Wow, you went to Mickey D's and were able to eat a bit.  That is great. 

Not sure how you do with liquids but Ensure Plus or Regular Ensure are  great supplements as my hubby has Crohn's Disease and he drinks at least one bottle per day, single serving size.  One serving of Ensure Plus is 355 calories. Regular Ensure is 250 calories. This product comes in Dark Rich Chocolate, Homemade Vanilla, Creamy Milk Chocolate, Strawberries and Cream, Butter Pecan and Caffe Latte.

Well just my 2 cents for today.

Hope you have a good day.

Kitt


 

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Uncle Leo
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   Posted 8/17/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning,
 
Just wanted to give an update.
 
Been to 2 more acupuncture sessions.  Been better since I started going and drinking the herbal teas the Acupuncturist gave me.
 
I don't feel 100%. I still feel the food getting stuck, and ocassionally have to throw up what's stuck in my esophagus, but it's nothing like the bouts I was having prior.
 
My neighbor who hadn't seen me in a few weeks said I looked like I gained some weight back.  I haven't, but I think I just look healthier.  I was really struggling a few weeks ago.
 
In the meantime, I went to a new gastroenterologist. He's the head of GE in Mt Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach.  He wants to test me for a couple other things, among them achalasia, and asthma of the esophagus (I plan to ask about this in another post!).
 
This will be my 10th test, including bloodwork to check for cancer (which was negative, thankfully!)
 
I'll keep going to both doctors for a while.  Hopefully we'll get to the bottom of this!
 
In the meantime, acupuncture has made me feel better and more energetic!
 
Let me know if anyone out there has gone through acupuncture before.
 
 
 
Spasms are bad...


Intuitouch
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   Posted 8/28/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so very glad to hear acupuncture seems to be offering you relief. It is something I am interested in trying myself. Please keep posting updates about your success.

I wish you continued improvement.

Kat

k9lov3r
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   Posted 8/28/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I am gladf you are getting some relief. Please keeps us posted with how things ae going for you.
Mary

Uncle Leo
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   Posted 8/31/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I've been going to acupuncture twice a week for about 1 month now.  the treatment includes the needles and herbs which I brew at home and take twice a day. the herbs are key, as she plays around with the types of herbs she gives you, depending on how you are doing that week. 
 
I've recently been diagnosed with Achalasia, which, for those of you unfamiliar, is a rare disorder where the LES won't open up sufficiently for food to pass through.
 
Acupuncture, while it hasn't cured the disease (not yet, anyways) has definitely offered a great deal of relief!  I don't know what I would have done if it weren't for acupuncture the past month.  I was losing easily 5 lbs a week, sometimes more, and had episodes where I went a day or more without even being able to drink water.
 
Within a week, acupuncture helped with the symptoms and I've been able to be maintain my weight, although I'm still not perfect.
 
I'm considering surgery for achalasia (although my acupuncturist is telling me to wait a while while she continues to try to help me), because the achalasia is pretty unbearable.  It puts a stress not only on the nourishment, but on my social life as well. 
 
But, I will probably keep on with acupuncture up until the day I have the surgery, and pray for a miracle!
Spasms are bad...


stkitt
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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Uncle Leo,

I read of your dx of Achalasia and I was so sorry to hear the news.

I am glad you have been helped by the accupuncture.  I agree it sure would not hurt to continue with the accupuncture and the herbs until you are ready for surgery.

You are in my prayers for a speedy recover and keep us all posted.

Sincerely,

Kitt

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