Acupuncture

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Hello, I was wondering if anyone had received any benefit from acupuncture? I tried it for the first time yesterday in the hope that it would ease my worse symptoms (horrible fatigue and aches/heaviness in legs), I don't really know if it has done anything, but they have advised that this should be a weekly thing to feel the improvement. It is so costly that I don't want to go bankrupt if there have not been any success stories! Thanks.

 

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    Hi Emma,

    I am currently doing a month long course of TCM. Yes it's expensive for me too, £55/sesion. They have advised 2 sessions/week in terms of increasing energy. So i am into session 4 tomorrow. I have booked a block of ten. I feel better during and after the sessions but i am not sure how long lasting it all can be. I'm looking for ALOT more though the coming weeks and if anything miraculous happens i will let everyone know. I'm also doing a herbal tea they prescribe me for ME. I got a few more weeks to go.

    I would also like to know of any success stories with regards to ME.

    It's funny you mention the heavy legs because that's what i get hence the concern about me having MS. I am doing a private MRI very soon to see what is going on in my brain.

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      Did you try out a couple of acupuncturists before finding one you thought was the most helpful? I've been to see 2 now and they both seem to have their pros and cons. I can't tell if I'm just having slightly better days or if it really is the acupuncture!

      If you do receive a big improvement it would be great to hear about!

      Has the tea had an effect at all?

      I hope your MRI provides more answers.

       

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      Hi Emma, i did some research on my local TCM practitioners. I found a traditional Chinese Doctor 30+ years, former Tai Chi world champion, he has 2 other clinics in Scotland and is highly recommended. He often has a feature in the local paper with his success stories and having been to the clinic i can vouch for his success in treating others as i have seen them express their improvement. But i have not met any ME/CFS patients. By the end of week2 i have been feelling mentally alot more energised, although the fatigue is very deep on the rest of my body they have told me to be patient. With these mysterious illness we have little choice but to go with the flow and be open minded. The TCM treatment is not cheap. I'm doing 2 acupuncture sessions per week plus drinking a specific herbal tea 3 times/day after meals. My plan was to do one month and re-evaluate so that's my plan. They say i have deeply exhausted my bodies life energy in the kidneys being an athlete for many years and having a physical warehouse job=too much. I'll certainly re-post should anything truly miraculous happen.
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      Sounds like you've found a good one! I've been going to ones who are registered with the British Acupuncture Council, so I will google TCM practitioners and see if there are any near by. The ones that I have seen told me that I have 'DAMP' and that from being ill, although the antibiotics lifted the surface of the illness, the rest has been pushed deeper. They also said that the aches and heaviness of my legs is due to my body trying to compensate get energy from elsewhere when trying to recover. The infection/parasite was in my stomach and kidneys, which on the chinease map is the front parts of the legs. It sort of makes sense!

       

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      Hey Emma yeah for me and how i feel TCM explanation on CFS makes perfect sense. Try and find a TRADITIONAL TCM practitioner. Like mine has practised in China for at least 10 years. In my view they are always going to be better than British trained.
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    I have found that going to a chiropractor has had some beneficial effects for me. I get really tense from being so fatigued all the time. It keeps be from being so tense. I also have not had an appetite and have had to force myself to eat. This really messes with my digestive system.
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      Hi Chloe, have you found visiting the chiropractor has given you more energy too? Or is it more the stree relief? I was thinking about visiting a chiripractor as I have read that a lot of conditions can be linked to the health of the back. What happens in the appointment? Is it a bit like massage or more manipulating different parts? Did you feel the benefit after the first session?

      I'm the opposite with you with my appitite, I think I'm eating more now than I ever have done!

       

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      The first appt. helped to relieve some of the muscle tension and pressure in my head. The next one was preety much the same. bythe third appt. i noticed the difference and did not need to come back. I just followed up with my supplements and short walks to build up my endurance again. Eventually it went into remission until I got a virus this year and had a relapse. At least this time I know what to expect. The chiropractic appt. was  more a manipulaton of parts and deep massage. My dr. has miracle hands. He does not keep you coming back longer than needed. Usually 3 treatments and I am done and on my way to feeling better. 
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    Maybe check out the Perrin technique, it is specifically for people with m.e
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      I had a look into the Perrin technique, it does sound like a good option but the closest place that does it is 1.5 hours away from me so I might see how the acupuncture does first. If you try it I'd love to hear how your experience goes.

       

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      Hey emma, as you are looking into acupuncture a friend of mine said that JAPANESE acupucture is better suited to treat CFS than Chinese. I don't have anyone near me but you might want to check that out in relation to treating CFS.
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      I didn't realise there were different types, I'll look into it! I had a session of acupuncture yesterday and have woken up feeling quite dizzy today - have you experienced that? I'm not sure if it's related or not.

       

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      No i haven't felt dizzy. I only found out the other day about there being Japanese acupuncture. They do some things differently, you can google it, both in my view can help.
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