My first acupuncture treatment with the NHS did not go well. I was shown a cubicle then left for 15mins, before a women came in, put the chair facing the wall then put in the needles in 5mins flat, then said "if you need anyone just shout". If I had known I would have asked to lie down not sit.
No washing of hands between me and another patient before me. As I sat the pain from the needles begame to painful to take any longer(stabbing pains in my neck,arm and head), so I shouted for help. No-one came. Then when the time was up another person came in, asked how many and been put in, then pulled them out. Threw cotton at me and then left. I was left, I got dressed, opened the curtain, no-one was around.
I spoke to a passing nurse and asked if i could go as the pain i was in by now was severe. Sorry i cant let you go until you have been told. She paged the Dr, who came in and said that I should have just gone. 1hr had passed by now.
Not only had the needles caused pain,but no-one had spoken or been around to help. I did not enjoy pain for 15mins. I had been led to believe that acupuncture was meant to be relaxing and was meant to help with muscle spasm. Not leave me in more pain, which led to me being in bed for a week. Feeling for days that the needles were still in me.
Has anyone else here had a bad experience?
Thanks x :S