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cla_guaccla_gua Posts: 186
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Alternative Treatments
Has anyone tried accupuncture? If so, how where your results?



  • I think that acupuncture is fantastic! I was one of those folks that always poo poo'd acupuncture when someone offered it up as possible treatment. Now I'm someone that will try and convince another to at least "give it a shot".

    My first experience was 3 times a week for detox for a month and then it dropped to once a week and then I would get long term needles that would stay in and last me about 7 days. I'd get those about once every 3 weeks.

    I also received Chinese Scalp Acupuncture for my headaches as well as acupuncture with electrical stim for overall health and shoulders.

    It's good stuff,

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,349
    Mine have been varied. The actual experience was always positive. The problem I had was that the 'good' pain free
    feeling I had never lasted that long.
    I was having acupuncture treatments for about 3 months. Going once a week. In the beginning, I had so-so results, but as time went on, the results were better and better.
    But once I missed a week or so, the pain and problems came right back to where they were before.
    My treatments were not covered by my Insurance coverage, so $95 out of pocket expense started to add up.
    I was also going for Deep Tissue Massage treatments which were $85 per session and also not covered.
    I had to financially make a decision which of the two treatments gave ME better results. I went with Deep Tissue
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • Thanks for your experiences. Acupuncture is the only thing I can think of that I haven't tried. I am going to give it a chance.
  • Called indwelling needles, are actually used in the ears (auricular acupunture) in different acupuncture protocols.

    Care has to be taken against infection, but in the countless times I've had them in place, I never had a problem with infection.

    Mine will last generally between 4 to 7 days before falling out.

    Most people will think that you are real "hip" and have some new fangled piercing in your ears.

    There's also little bandaid like covers that can go over them.

    There's also little bandaids with small balls in them for acupressure throughout the day. I don't like these as much.

  • I had my first acupuncture treatment today and when it was over and I got up the pain wasn't there but about an hour later it came back as strong as ever. I have another appointment Friday. I heard from someone that it takes a couple of days before you feel the effects of it. Is this true? I should have asked the dr. but I was happy that the pain was gone I didn't even think about it.
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  • I don't think I can afford to go that often and my insurance won't cover it. I don't no if workmans comp. would pay for it since it is an on the job injury. My doctor did not authorize me see a acupuncturist.
  • I have been to the acupuncturist twice already. I go every Wednesday. My constent headaches that rainbow the top of my head to both sides of my ears is almost gone. Some of my neck muscle spasms are gone also. I am having great results. My Acupuncturist said four more visits. I just hope the pain doesn't come back when I stop. $60 a week adds up.

    I hurt pretty bad during the therapy. Yesterday he put needles in my palms. Oh my goodness!!! I don't feel any relief there or later that night. It is when I wake up in the morning with no headaches.
  • I went 6 times. It was about $100 visit. It didn't help long enough to keep on paying $100/week. I'm not sure it is the answer for nerve pain. Muscle pain I think I can see it helping a lot.
  • I have had 13 sessions, with two more scheduled and paid for. I have gone once a week on average (there were a few I had to cancel because of sickness). My appointments are 1 hour in length.

    I think acupuncture can work for some people and it is always worth trying. But in general you need to give it time to work, and one session is usually not enough to do this.

    That said, so far it really hasn't been working for me. I may have had a tiny bit of relief when I first started, but that may just have been coincidental. After 13 weeks, at $65 each, I won't be going back after the next two, unless I see phenomenal results in those treatments.
  • I had my third visit yesterday. I am truely feeling good. I won't say great because I am still maybe 15% away from 100% of being where I was before my injuries but I'll take it. I just wish I would have tried this earlier. I am just really hoping that when I stop it all doesn't come back. I had not one single headache today. Not one. I am going through my Labor and Delivery rotation at a hospital. I work hard and I can do it. Which I am so happy for right now. I am feeling optomistic and hope everything continues in the right direction.

    Thanks to everyone for the information and support.

    large bulge c5-6, minimal bulge at c6-7 and c7-t1
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