My friend Teacher Girl said that she was scared of acupuncture - and so I thought I should talk about how it drastically has changed my life in the last month. In fact Inspector Climate has started calling my acupuncturist a miracle worker.
In the past month, I've been to my acupuncturist three times. After surgery to remove Jorge - the 4 by 3 cm endometrioma that clung to my left ovary and caused adhesions - my periods were not pleasant. And I'm sorry if there are boys (and girls honestly) that are reading this. But they've been excruciatingly painful, full of anger, and heavy...So heavy. I thought that maybe the first one or two post-surgery would be a little out of whack...but after three months, I started getting really worried. If this was the new norm? It was unacceptable. And if surgery hadn't fixed my endometriosis...Well, that was pretty awful too.
After my first session, she prescribed two different types of pills that I have to take once a day (which is pretty impressive for me because just three years ago, I couldn't swallow pills at all). She put needles all over my stomach, my hands, my feet, and one or two in my hair and face.
After the second session which involved the cupping and more needling (this time all over my back and legs) - I felt rejuvenated. I was so completely relaxed that the walk home I felt like I was slinky just bouncing along the sidewalk.
So, the needles. Out of probably the 60 needles that my acupuncturist has put in me, 3 have felt uncomfortable, like someone is pinching you - but not super hard. It's the least scary thing ever. I promise.
The third time was right at the beginning of my period, and she gave me a disgusting tea to drink twice a day. "This is going to taste pretty foul," she said. "Just pour some hot water on it, wait until it's drinkable, and then drink the dirt." IT does taste foul.
But that being said, I had the best period I've had for over a year. I wasn't in a huge amount of pain, I didn't get a migrane at the end, and it wasn't nearly as heavy. So the fact that I'm still drinking this disgusting "tea" really doesn't bother me any more (I mean sure I whine about it, but who wouldn't!), because the results have been...undeniable.
And while maybe next month will be back to be horrible, maybe it won't. I find it so refreshing to go to someone who says "let's look at what your whole body is doing and see why that is causing this reproductive pain" instead of saying "Go on the pill."
What I'm saying is this, trying new things when it comes to your body can be scary. But when you've had tests, you've been diagnosed, or they just don't have all the answers - I think trying something "new" (can you call it new when Chinese medicine has been around for centuries?) can only provide more insight into what's going on.
In my case, the difference was dramatic to the previous month.
Have you ever tried something new to see if it made you feel better? Been surprised by the change/not change?