5/2017 finally was told with Fibro after a year of many drugs to help me with pain and gaining a ton of weight. I had gastric sleeve and have lost 90 pounds. Dr originally put me on Gabapentin/Elavil and I felt wonderful. However I did not lose weight for 9 months post surg. Now I am on Cymbalta but I don't feel really well. I was ok for a few months on Cymbalta but now I having a horrible flare up. I am at the point where I just want to lock myself in room and cry. I have an appointment… read more
I can confirm that acupunture does indeed work. Both massage and acupunture are the only real pain relief procedures that work for me. I have had fibromyalgia for over 12 years. I have been having acupuncture twice a week for three months and see an incredible difference. Make sure you see a qualified acupuncturist. Mine is very familiar with fibromyalgia and blood flow and regularly takes classes to improve her knowledge of the skill. I also have Raynards which acupuncture helps with blood flow. I still take all my medications but acupunture helps tremendously. I have also done cupping which helps equally as well. I feel mentally, physically, and emotional better after each treatment. It's a life changing experience for me.I can cope with situations better, have more energy, and emotionally more stable. I hope to never stop seeing my Acupunturist. I live in the DMV area if anyone would like to schedule an appointment. The office takes insurance. My insurance covers unlimited visits for acupuncture. I am very lucky. If anyone has any questions or concerns I would be happy to have a discussion with you. My advice is to try it, you'll experience an instant relief. I did.
After several months of trying to get my fibro pain under control, and reading all I could find at that time - maybe 10 years ago - I decided to go to a friend who is a Chinese-trained acupuncturist, traditionally check the tongue, check the three pulses.
She told me I wouldn't have immediate relief, that it would take a few weeks, so I wasn't surprised when I didn't experience much pain relief the first couple of weeks. But I kept going weekly, rather than allowing too much time to. elapse between treatments. By the third week I noticed improvement. By the sixth week I was relatively pain-free for the first time in months.
I did eventually go on Cymbalta and only have maybe three flare ups a year, w/o side-effect from the Cymbalta. But we all react differently.
I am currently seeing a hypnotherapist, who helped me quit smoking (immediate stop, few cravings), and is now going to help me with my current situational depression and cut back my drinking a bit (think that's already working). He is curious if the hypnotherapy suggestions could also help the fibro, but w/o going off the Cymbalta I won't know and I am very scared of going off Cymbalta because of those side effects, so will see.
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Acupuncture once a week is my go-to when I am having a Fibro flare. A month ago,I had to limit my part time work hours due to pain,and after treatments,I am able to walk,stretch and stand without constant pain. I understand that acupuncture may not work for everyone,but for me,it is a trusted method of pain relief.
@A MyFibroTeam Member yes it's common in fibromyalgia
Been acupuncture for 2 years now. Overall it is great. It has made my fibromyalgia flares less severe and quicker to get through, along with targeting painful areas. Great gift for your health in general. Don''t expect immediate results though. it may take some time. If targeting a specific area for pain... it works faster. Give it a good shot! Will help with anxiety and a sense of well being also. Good luck!
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