Effective or not ( acupuncture omd)

Hello everyone. Im starting this topic to help guide CM sufferers into a treatment that targets where some of our nerve pain lingers daily. I discovered Acupuncture in April 2013. After two wonky visits with half trained Americans, i found an Asian MONK lineage OMD (Oriental Medicine Dr.) she has been trained CORRECTLY ( if the acupuncturist isnt trained correctly your treatment will be LESS effective.

I dont want to go into my own sufferage, because we all suffer to the extreme dealing with Chiari and debilitating issues. Acupuncture makes such a difference in my life. I can stand longer. My neck doesnt pop all day and squeeze my joints anymore. I can use my eyes more now too. Its painful in bright light still. Looking down doesnt make me feel as tight. I am capable of so much more, and seriously thats all we can ask of ourselves somedays.

Please tell me if you have had acupuncture!! We could all use the encouragement, and the education. I feel alone so often and talking about it may even make me feel less alone. It isnt comfortable sometimes but has such benefit. I would like to hear how it has been for others. The more i go the more it helps. Anyone find that, also.

I've had acupuncture for various ailments (back problems, allergy, etc) and am currently still seeing an acupuncturist several times a month. I don't know whether it has helped my Chiari symptoms or not, but I haven't gotten any worse since I found out I had a Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia about a year or so ago. My acupuncturist also does theraputic massage so I do feel more relaxed afterwards. She says that she cannot cure the Chiari, but can help to relieve the symptoms.

Although, one odd symptom is that I'm dizzy and extremely tired after acupuncture and massage and generally just lie around the rest of the day. But, usually the next day I feel much better and have more energy than the day before acupuncture. My acupuncturist says that the perhaps the acupuncture is too strong, but I think it's just lying face down for an hour which causes this since when I have sessions where I am face up, I don't get dizzy afterwards.

I often wonder if it's just a placebo effect, too, but I do feel better and my insurance pays 80% (after a moderate deductible) so it's cheaper than seeing a regular doctor.

Good luck!

I love my Oriental Medicine Specialist. They even brought an acupuncturist in the hospital to treat my severe motion sickness after my MVD surgery. Before you see or if you are looking for a real Oriental Medicine Specialist and correctly trained Acupuncturist check out : http://www.nccaom.org/ & http://www.nccaom.org/about/nccaom-national-standards

Great Discussion Kyle !!!

Thanks,

Tracy

Hello Kyle,

I am under the care of an acupuncturist. The treatment is very good because it is a more holistic approach. The ns treats just the CM, but the acupuncturist likes to examine the interaction between various conditions in me. I had a whole 6 weeks without my horrible brain problems. Last week they resurfaced, but I was impressed that I had longer than any other treatment.

How do you find the right acupuncturist that even knows what Chiari is? Can they help if they aren't familiar with the disease?

Does anyone know of a good one near detroit mi. I had surgery in March of 2013. Some symptoms have gotton a little better but I still suffer extremely I'm looking for anything that will help

TracyZ said:

I love my Oriental Medicine Specialist. They even brought an acupuncturist in the hospital to treat my severe motion sickness after my MVD surgery. Before you see or if you are looking for a real Oriental Medicine Specialist and correctly trained Acupuncturist check out : http://www.nccaom.org/ & http://www.nccaom.org/about/nccaom-national-standards

Great Discussion Kyle !!!

Thanks,

Tracy

I'd also like to recommend cupping which I first read about in Prevention Magazine for pain. You need to however find a good acupuncturist who specializes in cupping since there are few practitioners who know much about this. In conjunction with the acupuncture, it helped my neck and lower back pain. It may not help everyone, but worth trying.

Glad to see this info about accupuncture; it has been on my mind that it might be worth trying. I hope to check into finding an oriental accupuncture treatment in my vicinity sometime. Right now my life has been turned upside down by the death of my precious Granddaughter on Sept. 9th., so I don't know if I'll ever compose myself enough to take care of anything.

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Thanks to everyone for remembering my family. We miss Hallie Elizabeth so much.

Mandy said:

Oldtimer, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

I think we are all still in shock. this was so unexpected. thanks for showing concern.

Beeba said:

Deepest sympathy old timer. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know we are thinking of you.

I've tried acupuncture before but not had great results. The process was incredibly painful for me, I felt ill for the next day or 2, and any pain relief after didn't last long enough for it to be worth it. I don't know if this would be better with a more specialized practitioner, but after the negative experience I'm pretty reluctant to try again.

I thank everyone for the condolences on the loss of Hallie Elizabeth; she is a little angel. We love her so much. All the doctors have told us so far is that for some uncertain reason, she had lost all her blood before being delivered. I appreciate all prayers. I am in the process of following up on my visit to Vanderbilt Hospital about my chiari. I will update on that and I wish the best for all chiari sufferers.