Purposes:Depressed mood, Pain, Fatigue, Anxious mood, Nausea, Memory problems, Nerve pain (neuralgia), and Exhaustion(Started Mar 14, 2011)
Nerve pain (neuralgia)
Mar 11, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
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Acupuncture almost completely alleviated my symptoms during and immediately following treatment but the effects only lasted as long as a few hours to a whole day. The cost was burdensome for me as insurance did not cover it and it was difficult to get out of bed, showered and to the appointments. Unfortunately, the closest referral was 20 minutes drive and another was a 45 minute drive so adherence was not likely to begin with given my motion sickness while driving long distances and fatigue/exhaustion and lack of income while being sick. Many days I wished for an L.Ac. who did house calls.
I had such an unusually negative reaction to this treatment that even the practitioner was startled. I've always had a fear of needles but as an adult I've managed to make peace with the occasional blood draw. I worked hard to psyche myself up before the treatment, convincing myself that I was fine and this would be a positive, maybe even pleasant experience. I think the practitioner planned to place about 30 needles but after about 15 or so she placed a needle in my neck which caused the muscle to spasm. I started hyperventilating and nearly vomited. She placed a few more needles in my hands and wrists and left me alone for about 40 minutes. I was so uncomfortable and couldn't move an inch because of the needles in my back, neck, legs and hands. I cried to myself and felt miserable, unable to wipe my nose or adjust my aching lower back. I could have probably hit the call switch but for some reason it never occurred to me; I was totally focused on just getting through to the end.
I've asked other people of their experiences and Googled on the web but I haven't found anyone else who had such a bad experience. It took several days to get back to my personal baseline, pain-wise. The only thing I can figure is that I was just too tense and anxious to let the treatment do any good, and instead it made me worse. I think it's just not a modality that will work for me. I won't be going back.
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