Thursday, March 8, 2012

Alotta Needles

I cannot believe how much time has gotten away from me...again.  I read all your blogs daily, and have had intentions to write, but then the task just seems to daunting. 

I went today for my third Acupunture treatment.  While I have tried it before, I am back at trying it again.  I've continued to be pretty skeptical in it's effect...up until today that is.  I woke up this morning in tremendous pain.  Throbbing head with sharp, shooting pains through the left side of my skull.  No doubt thanks to a very strenuous day on Labor & Delivery yesterday.  Todays treatment lasted almost 2 hours!  Way longer than any of the other ones I have ever had.  She started with me face up.  I had points placed in my feet, hands and forearms, then she connected those points with a wire to aid in the flow of energy.  Or some hocus pocus thing like that.  After about 30 minutes, she rearranged the wires and I waited another 30 minutes or so.  It's a little difficult for me to just lay still like that in a room by myself, but with the heat lamp on and the soft music playing, I began to relax.  Next, I stripped off my shirt and was placed on my stomach.  I had what seemed like a bazillion points placed in the base of my skull, neck and up and down my back.  It was a little uncomfortable at first, but she said it's because my muscles were so tight.  Eventually it eased up a bit.  The best part was when she came in to take the points out.  She rubbed my back with essential oil and a topical analgesic, then rolled some kind of roller thing up and down my neck and shoulders. was heaven.  When I got up, I felt completely drunk. 

After todays treatment...I had an epiphany.  It worked!  I left there feeling so mellow and what was a 7 on the pain scale was down to about a 2.

I came home in awe...thinking maybe there really is something to this Eastern medicine philosophy.

I climbed into bed and slept like a baby for 2 hours.

Sad for me...I woke up back in pain.  I was so bummed.  So I popped a pill...or two.

So my theory works...but doesn't have long lasting results.  At least not yet.  I plan to continue going every week.

This afternoon I also had Botox.  This time I got it purely for cosmetic reasons though.  After my last hospitalization, the powers that be decided that the Botox was ineffective for my Migraines and they were not going to cover the cost anymore.  That being said...I became addicted.  Addicted to the smooth, wrinkle free skin on my forehead.  So, while I was having my pap smear last week and heard that my Gyn was now doing Botox I signed right up!  One thing that was done differently was this numbing cream they put all over my forehead before they injected.  My Neuro never did that and it was AMAZING!  I felt not a thing, but the bestest part that my forehead is still completely numb.  It feels awesome!  Now if I can only get my hands on that jar of magic numbing cream, I would shave off my hair and slather it all over my head and down my neck!

So yea, today was a day filled with alotta needles!


mommom said...


Jessica said...

Well the botox was just in my forehead for cosmetic it won't help pain wise. The verdict is still out on the acupuncture!!!

Shauna said...


How fun!! I would like to get Botox for cosmetic reasons, I have only had the formulation for muscle spasm relief in my Thoracic spine. *didn't do much at all.

I had acupuncture years ago, when searching for any type of treatment that could possibly help relieve my pain level in the Thoracic spine. I had a few sessions, and felt definite relief during the treatment. When the points came out and about 20 minutes had passed, the pain returned. The part I enjoyed the most, was the deep state of relaxation that I was able to achieve during the quiet time. It was amazing! I was, however, unable to continue, but would have gone on with it; any relaxation like that is a good thing in my book! ;)

Sound familiar? I'm glad you are continuing with your treatments. I hope that you get some sort of relief from the Acupuncture-and also from the other modalities you use as part of your pain management program.

Gentle Hugs----<3