Acupuncture: My Thoughts

Warning: I have been having major brain fog and I just feel like my brain hasn’t been functioning well lately (my husband would say “just lately??”), so if I misspell any words or if sentences don’t flow correctly, that is why!!!Β 

I have been meaning to write a post about acupuncture and what I thought of it, but I wanted to wait a while to see if it is or isn’t working for me.

I started Acupuncture sometime in November and I did notice little improvements right away but it took about a month to see major improvements. It was really great to see, because honestly, I did not believe in acupuncture at all prior to trying it, It just seemed too weird that poking people with tiny needles would help alleviate symptoms … but, it really does work!!!

It helped-

My mood, anxiety (this one was huge for me), pain, sleep (slept like a baby most days), balance, nerve issues, headaches and my legs felt stronger.Β 

Finding a good acupuncturist is HUGE. My acupuncturist is amazing, she has been doing it for 30 some years and she knows A LOT, not just with acupuncture but with herbals, supplements and nutrition. I saw her in January sometime and she dropped a bomb on me telling me she was going to Florida for a vacation for a few months and that another gal was going to replace her for those few months … my heart almost stopped!! She knew so much about me and my illness and knew just what I needed … I was really bummed out.Β 

I made an appointment with the new gal. First time was eh, okay … she only had two years experience and seemed very nervous around me, which made me extremely nervous. I thought I would give her a second try, maybe she needed to get used to me or something. The next appointment was pretty awful … I was lying on the bed and she put a needle in my wrist and she clearly hit a nerve with the needle because my hand stung soo bad (it’s a weird painful vibrating sensation) and I screamed so loud. She tried doing it again, but on the other wrist .. that one went in okay, but it still felt kinda weird. Same thing happened to my leg and she moved the location of that needle to the other leg. So I am lying there with 13 needles sticking out of my body and all of sudden my arms and legs were throbbing with horrible pain, shooting pain going up my leg and up my arm, involuntary thumb movement .. and I started to panic!!! I was alone in the room, she had just left to the room next door to me, which meant I was in the room for another 20 minutes!!!

I started bagging on the wall … nothing … I yelled out her name “RACHEL RACHEL” … nothing!! I finally got up with all needles sticking out of my body and walked out the room. My appointments are in a center where there is yoga, fitness, a hair salon and more … so outside the rooms people were roaming the halls and what not (why the heck didn’t anyone hear me when I was screaming bloody murder?). I walk out there with needles sticking out of my ears, face, head, arms, legs and feet … people were just staring at me like an alien had just walked out of the room. Rachel (the acupuncturist) was frazzled when she saw me … she rushed me back into the room and apologized and even offered to rub my legs and feet, but I just wanted to get the heck out of there!!

Sorry, that was a long story, but I just had to share!!

Anyway, find a good acupuncturist if you are considering trying it!!

I haven’t done acupuncture in 3 weeks now and I can definitely tell the difference, and unfortunately, I won’t be going back to it until March sometime!

The gist of this post is that I totally recommend acupuncture! However, If you just started treating Lyme and co’s, I would wait until you’re further into treatment and your nervous system is more calm!!Β 

Blessings & Love,

Aisha πŸ™‚

 

 

 

House, Health & Acupuncture

Yay! I survived the move!!

The past few months have been crazy busy, especially the past few weeks. We moved in to our home two Wednesday’s ago … we had to unpack, clean (my mother in law did most of it) & more unpacking … it felt like it was never ending and honestly, it still feels that way! I went up to Duluth two weekends ago because my sisters longtime boyfriend was planning a surprise proposal. Also, this past weekend my husband and I drove down to Rochester because both of us were in a wedding … so, yeah, it has been a little nuts lately!!

So, what is going on with my health?

Well, I am still on Takuna & A-bart. Now that life is slowing down a bit, I upped my Takuna dose to 2 drops and once I stop herxing from it I will add Quina (Microbial Defense) and Enula (for Babesia). My LLMD thinks I still have some Babesia in me – I treated babs (short cut for babesia) for a year with Mepron & Azithromycin, I was also on Minocycline (not sure if it hits babs or not), anyways, she thinks my treatment for babs wasn’t long enough and the meds weren’t enough. So, here I go again with babs treatment. To be honest with you, I am petrified to start Enula because I had the worst herxes from treating babs. The herxes were stroke like symptoms … VERY VERY scary. I was also the most depressed I had ever been when I was treating babesia … it was a very scary time in my life! I am praying that I will react differently this time around because a) they are herbals and b) I am hoping my babesia load is down, so I won’t herx as bad …. we shall see!!!

I started a sublingual b12 methylcobalamin a month ago because of the C677t gene mutation that I have, and I can say that I have noticed a bit of a difference in my energy. I am still looking for someone who is able to interpret my raw data from my 23andme results so I can figure out what supplements work for me and which ones don’t!

I did acupuncture for the first time last week. I had heard mixed reviews about getting acupuncture done while having Lyme and Co-infections, so, I wanted to experience it myself and see what it was all about.

It was strange … very very strange.

The acupuncturist touched spots on my feet, legs, stomach, arms, hands, head and ears and by doing that she could tell what was going on in my body!! It was crazy! My liver is good, my gallbladder is good, something is goofy with my spleen and my large intestine and of course my immune system is bad.

Prior to this, I filled out a symptom checklist and, no joke, I almost checked off every symptom on the list. She looked at it and said “yikes” and in my mind I said “lady, I feel so sorry for you because you have a handful.”

She put the needles in my feet, legs, hands, arms, ears and hands. Shockingly, they didn’t hurt, but they felt a little weird! Then, she put a hypothermia blanket on me and told me to nap for 20 minutes. I thought she was joking – how can someone nap looking like that?!?!

As she exited the room I had a giggling attack because I thought I looked ridiculous … oh, at what length some people (me) will go for their health!!!

I felt very odd the first 5 minutes into it. Heart palpitation, weird sensations in my body, vertigo – basically a lot of my symptoms were heightened. I was very tempted to exist the room and walk next door (to her office) and ask her to take the pins out of my body, but I thought that would make me look even more ridiculous. Fifteen minutes into it I became extremely sleepy and the sleepiness/fatigue/vertigo continued for several hours after my appointment, but after that I had an enormous amount of energy!

Since then, the ringing in my ears have diminished, my anxiety has been less this week & I feel happier! I see her again this Thursday … slightly dreading it because of how I felt the first 5 minutes, but, if it will help me get better, then it is definitely worth it!!

Blessings & Love,

Aisha πŸ™‚