Thursday, June 28, 2012

On being a pin cushion

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?


20 comments:

  1. I wholeheartedly endorse Acupuncture and am so happy its working on Jorge and Jorge's terrible after effects.

    As you saw over my way I am also on the Kinesiology bandwagon at the moment. In the past I have had great success with Hypnosis as well. Yay for complementary therapies.

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  2. I used to be so skeptical of alternative medicines but after being royally screwed around by the doctors I've seen in the past few months ( who ended up prescribing anti-depressants for pain relief.. um NO) I'm a lot more open to it..

    I've always been afraid of acupuncture, not that I fear needles, but I wouldn't say I enjoy them and the thought of multiple needles all over my body doesn't thrill me. But after reading this, I actually really WANT to try it so thank you.

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  3. The fact that you said "I had the best period ever" has me convinced! I never thought I'd see those two in the same sentence!. I might give it a go sometime.

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  4. I can't say enough good things about Traditional Chinese Medicine, although it totally confuses me. I've had to accept that it's ok to just not get it, and let it do it's thing.

    I'm so happy that you have found something that (and someone who) works for you. Painful periods can be so debilitating and I'm sure I've not suffered the pain that you have. And it's over and over an over, every month, never ceasing. And because it relates to vaginas, of course it's one of those taboo topics that freaks people out when you mention it.

    I know that melting into the floor feeling that you're talking about. I get that after having moxibustion.

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  5. I tried acupuncture for a variety of things - especially migraines - but it didn't work for me. I gave it a good go. Sigh. I'm glad it's helping you though. I might suggest it to a friend who's been having menstrual issues.

    As for my migraines, my GP prescribed migraine preventing medication (why no doctor suggested that before I don't know - I've had migraines for more than 20 years). I didn't have high hopes of the meds working, because I thought my migraines were mostly musculo-skeletal...but yay! It works! I still get migraines sometimes, but less than half as many as I used to get. I've got over my misgivings about taking drugs daily because it's made such a difference to my life, and the side effects are minimal.

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  6. I'm really glad it's working out so well. :-) Here's to it helping even more and more as the months pass!

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  7. YAY! I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better. I can't imagine what a relief that must be.

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  8. I'm really pumped that you feel better. I've had acupuncture done before (my uncle was an acupuncturist) and it really works! Glad that you found a solution that works for you and are also sharing it with the blogosphere

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  9. I can't say enough GREAT things about acupuncture! And I haven't been since high school. I went because I had terrible cramps plus some knee pain from several soccer injuries. My dad went too & it was the best day of the week whenever it was acupuncture day. We both used to fall asleep on the table..it was the best! But besides all that it totally helped both of us.

    I'm totally with you on trying something "new" or "different" if traditional methods aren't working or can't diagnose you. I mean, why not, right?

    I'm so glad you're feeling better. I know it's hard not to think next month might be bad again but try to push those negative thoughts out the second they enter. Stay positive & good things will keep happening. Happy for you! :o)

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  10. I love acupuncture. And you know it works when your health insurance covers it because those money-grubbing insurers won't pay for anything if they don't have to.

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  11. So many people have told me that acupuncture changed their lives. I have pretty severe IBS so I've always wondered if it might help with that...

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  12. I had acupuncture done on my knee when I hurt it. I needed to have my knee reconstructed anyway, but the acupuncture did a lot to relieve the pain beforehand.

    I loved how I felt when I left the office. Like you said, slinky :P

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  13. You are brave. I'm glad its working for you.

    Lets see..making the mock mashed potatoes out of cauliflower..actually, turned out wonderful...=)

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  14. I just had 3 acupuncture sessions recently for PCOS, I decided to give it a go because even though I don't understand it, I was curious. Not really sure how long I'll have to go for but we shall see!
    So glad it's working out for you, any relief from horrible period pain is a good thing!!

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  15. I've never had it done, but I know of multiple girls who have said it helped them with fertility problems and my mom gets it for her debilitating migraines. I definitely think there's something to it and I'm so glad it's made such a wonderful difference in your quality of life!

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  16. My mother has MS and she said that acupuncture really helped her as well. So glad that you had a better month....that period sounds pretty horrible.

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  17. I've always been curious about acupuncture, and have heard glowing report after glowing report as to its effectiveness! It's amazing! Visiting here for the first time, and it's so nice to "meet" you! Oh, and your last article, about the pursuit of enough...I hear you. I love that concept. I want only enough....

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  18. i'm so glad that you're feeling better. what ever it takes and what ever form. the important thing is that things are looking up. i've been to therapy and that's not something that i'd ever thought of as being legit. it is and i'm grateful for it!

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  19. How wonderful!! That's great that it's helped and so soon!

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