I personally, have used acupuncture in the past, and it did help lower the severity of my Fibromyalgia symptoms, so this is the next thing I want to discuss in our ongoing 'Ways to Manage Your Fibromyalgia' series.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicinal treatment in which long, thin needles are inserted in strategic acupuncture points at various depths long the meridians or pathways of the human body to restore balance to our Qi (pronounced "chi") and allow the body to heal itself.
Now I personally, have a HUGE fear of needles, but there is so much information out there about the benefits of acupuncture for any number of illnesses, and I liked the fact that it allowed the body to heal itself rather than introduced something new into my body to attempt to mask a symptom rather than treat it, so I tried it- and I have to tell you, the first time did not go well.
The first time I got acupuncture I went to a place that was recommended by a friend after long months of agonizing over whether or not I should try it, and figuring I had nothing to lose because I had tried everything else at this point so I may as well just face my fears and try it, because what if it worked?
Well, I got so freaked out my body freezed up, so instead of it relaxing me and helping me heal, it did the exact opposite. Whoops, my bad. So the next time I tried it I went in with ear buds and calming music and I worked really hard to stay relaxed and just breathe and let the needles and my body do it's thing- and it went much better! I went to that place a few more times, and overall, my symptoms eased up (probably because my body wasn't as stressed, so I wasn't as nauseated, not as many headaches, not as stiff, things like that). Then money got tight and stopped going. It's a common story most people know too well.
Fast-forward a few years later, and my symptoms are worse than ever, and I went to another acupuncture place. This time, the acupuncturist only used 4 needles each session, which made managing the fear WAY easier, and I went every two weeks for several months, and once again, I found the severity of my symptoms were less, I felt stronger and had more good days. Then money got tight, then I had to save to move from SoCal to NorCal, and now I'm thinking about starting to go to acupuncture regularly as a part of my wellness routine once again.
If you have tried acupuncture, let us know about your experience in the comments below!
We're also really interested in keeping this conversation going, so if you have any other practices, tips, or tricks that you utilize in your wellness routine that help you manage your Fibromyalgia symptoms, let us know!
Heather, Fabulous Fibro-Fighter and FSC Founder