Helping women with chronic illnesses

Awesome Acupuncture!

This weekend I had one of my regular acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture has helped me so much with so many different illnesses. It’s hard to capture in words how much it has helped me.


Japanese style acupuncture needles that are used by my acupuncturist (with a penny for size perspective)

If you missed my previous posts on acupuncture, here are a couple of links (including one to a video where I talked about acupuncture). I hope you’ll find them helpful!

See prior posts: HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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1 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 01.18.10 at 11:49 am }

Some days I feel I’m living on pins and needles. Does that count??

2 AmandaNo Gravatar { 01.18.10 at 2:00 pm }

I’m so glad you manage to have regular acupuncture, knowing how much it helps you!

I’ve been meaning also to write back and say thanks for the photos, they are great and I shall certainly get around to blogging about them, especially with all the possibilities I’m already seeing (a £60 brand new gorgeous wedding dress, a job application for a heritage assistant exactly where we want to move to, the ease with which my story/book/trilogy is coming together etc etc)… catch up soon, things are just a tad busy at the moment!
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..Readers’ Panel =-.

3 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.18.10 at 4:44 pm }

Jannie aka “The Funster”/”La Funstress”/”Dudette”,

You are aware you’re a goofball, right? 😉

Seriously, if I had to name what has helped me the most over the years… acupuncture is right up there! With no disrespect to my other doctors (of which there are many with all my specialists), my acupuncturist has helped me the most overall with symptoms of a variety of chronic conditions. It really is amazing!


4 AvivaNo Gravatar { 01.18.10 at 5:58 pm }

I love my acupuncturist and look forward to my weekly treatments. I doubted how much they were helping until she had to take a few months off work a year or so ago, and I got so flared and exhausted that I couldn’t even leave the house. I was even canceling doctor appointments because I felt so horrible, which is a crazy excuse in so many ways but it was true.

I do believe that acupuncture helps me best when it’s for an isolated problem rather than my systemic problems. But nothing else is helping with my systemic problems either, so I’m happy to have the acupuncture that at least helps a little with my energy levels.

I’m glad you’re getting some relief from acupuncture too, Jeanne!!
.-= Aviva´s last blog ..Maybe Things Don’t Always Have To Be So Complicated? =-.

5 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.19.10 at 2:31 am }


Yes, acupuncture is unbelievably helpful!

I’m glad you got the photos. I thought they’d be a good fit for your word of the year. Yes, you have LOTS of possibilities headed your way, don’t you? Is this symbol for a pound: £? I am clueless. Did you actually buy a wedding dress? I knew you were looking. New job in the works… another possibility. Your writing is flowing… more possibilities. Excellent! Yes, I would say it sounds like you’re just a wee bit busy at the moment. Just a tiny bit. 😉 It sounds like 2010 is off to an awesome start for you… Miss Possibility! I won’t be able to call you “Miss” for long, huh?


Oh… what I would give to go weekly!! Can you see my eyes green with envy right through your monitor? 😉 It’s funny. I didn’t fully appreciate how much acupuncture was helping me until my husband’s 2002 layoff. At that time, I staggered out my appointments to try to (unsuccessfully) save money. BIG MISTAKE!! I soon realized that lessening the frequency of my appointments set me wayyyyyyy back health-wise. It was just awful! I knew acupuncture was certainly helping me before that. I just didn’t have a clue on HOW MUCH it was helping. I went so far backwards with my symptoms — just from decreasing the frequency of my appointments slightly that it was soon very obvious I’d made a mistake. By that I mean, I didn’t end up saving money at all because I then decided I really HAD TO step up my appointments to get back to where I was before messing up my schedule.

Also, by messing with my acupuncture schedule, my prescription costs shot WAY up because my pain shot up so much! Like you, I found it difficult to make it to my scheduled doctors appointments because I was in so much pain I was either in no shape to drive (pain too severe to safely drive) or I was too exhausted to dream of driving in to the city where my specialists are (generally 45-60 minutes each way). I promised myself I would never make that mistake again!!

Do I go as often as I’d like? Heck no. Do I go as often as I realistically can given the commute and cost involved? Yes.

I know what you mean about acupuncture being more helpful for an isolated problem than the more “systemic” stuff. I actually think it helps me with both but the results are more immediately noticeable with the “isolated” issues.

Yes, acupuncture is tremendously helpful! I’m SO glad it’s helpful for you too! I have met SO MANY people who have been helped by acupuncture. I just love it!!



6 YayaNo Gravatar { 01.19.10 at 7:36 am }

I LOVE acupuncture!!! I started acupuncture after a miscarriage and I cannot even describe how much it helped my life and helped balance me out!!!
.-= Yaya´s last blog ..Orange You Glad It’s Saturday?! =-.

7 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.19.10 at 9:43 am }


Yes, acupuncture is amazing!!! I know how much you love it too! It really is incredible how helpful it is, isn’t it? I agree… it’s life-altering in a very positive way. I LOVE it!!!


8 KerryNo Gravatar { 01.19.10 at 9:38 pm }

Jeanne, Love the “peace” quote at the end of this post!

I enjoyed acupuncture years ago-the calm, the pain relief, but then had a traumatic experience with it about 15 years and haven’t gone back since. I have OT (Orthostatic Intolerance) POTS (Postural Orthostatic Intolerance) /severe Dysautonomia. The acupuncturist inserted the needles into my heart meridian then left the room. He didn’t check on me as he usually did. I fought losing consciousness until his return which seemed to be eons later. I’ve always wondered if anyone else with severe Dysautonomia (and OI, or POTS that often accompany CFS) might have had a similar experience. The acupuncturist was embarrassed to have left me for so long and to find me in an in and out of consciousness state. I had not yet been diagnosed with OT or POTS, so he didn’t know I had it. Perhaps one day I’ll have a chance to ask another acupuncturist about it.

Glad you enjoy your sessions Jeanne.

9 KNo Gravatar { 01.22.10 at 10:03 pm }

I’m a little late getting to the party on this but,

I’ve been getting regular acupuncture & chiropractic treatments for… about 2 years now, I’m tapered down to just 2 or 3 times per month now.

I don’t like the acupuncture as much as I like the chiropractic.
The reason why is: The acupuncture feels more invasive… I can stay fully clothed for chiropractic adjustments but I have to expose my skin for the acupuncture needles. It takes longer than an adjustment, but I know I *should* enjoy the time spend relaxing & doing nothing waiting for the needles to work.
And I feel those needles puncture. I think my acupuncturist is using somewhat thicker needles? He may be using thin needles for certain points but I defintely feel them go in.
And no needles can go in certain points at all. Some points make me reflexively react too strong.

It does… something for me, yes. Something, now. Didn’t work the first time I tried it for whatever reason, works better a few years after the first try. I can’t deny that. It’s as strong of an improvement as I’ve seen with some of my other treatments, but it’s something, and I don’t get side effects from it.

So I have this love/hate relationship with acupuncture.
.-= K´s last blog ..Tools of the trade =-.

10 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.23.10 at 1:51 am }


I’m glad you liked the peace quote. I liked it enough that I decided to put it in the footer of each post.

I am sorry to hear about your traumatic experience. That must have been upsetting. When I read your comment it caught my attention because I had never heard of such a reaction to acupuncture until I met Endochick online. She too had an unpleasant experience with acupuncture and her story popped into my mind when I read yours because they have similarities.

I have known many people over the years that have acupuncture and I had never heard of something like this happening before she shared her story with me. I kind of figured it was likely to be a rare event when I heard about her fainting during a session. Your similar situation is the first I have heard since. I can’t help but be curious about the fact that both you and Endochick have dysautonomia of some sort and both of you fainted. What has me curious is that you mentioned having OT (Orthostatic Intolerance) POTS (Postural Orthostatic Intolerance)/severe Dysautonomia. Endochick has had dysautonomia symptoms since she was a teenager (which she has blogged about) and I know you said your case is severe.

However, I also know many people who have some form of dysautonomia who get regular acupuncture and tolerate it well. In fact, this past summer I received a tentative diagnosis of the POTS form of dysautonomia myself from my PCP. (My cardiologist was not particularly helpful in getting to the bottom of my symptoms and I will be switching to another cardiologist). I actually posted a 5-part series on dysautonomia last summer: Dysautonomia Series Re-Post.

So, I found your comment interesting. I actually have a call in to my acupuncturist because I have a question for him to satisfy my own curiosity regarding dysautonomia and fainting. I Googled “acupuncture risks” and fainting was listed as an “extremely rare” risk of acupuncture but I’m sure that “rarity” is small comfort to you and Endochick who have dealt with such adverse events. At the same time, I am always hesitant to stir up fears for people on the topic of acupuncture because the vast, vast majority of people I know who have tried it have found it very helpful… and lots of people fear acupuncture needles. As with anything, I think there are people for whom a particular procedure isn’t a good match (for one reason or another). It does sadden me that people like yourself are not able to have acupuncture… because it is the biggest tool, overall, in my “arsenal” for managing my chronic illnesses. So, I just feel badly that you aren’t able to get it. Thanks for sharing your feedback and I’m very sorry you had to go through that.


It’s never too late to comment.

Each person’s body is different. I’m a big believer that what works best for one person won’t necessarily work best for another. Also, I know many people who try to get as much benefit as they can out of each of multiple treatments. For example, I know people who get both chiropractic and acupuncture. I realize this may not be affordable for many. I know it’s not for me. Ironically, with all of the health problems I have, what initially got me to finally try acupuncture was back pain. I’d had chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy prior to trying acupuncture. For me, the first three all helped some but the benefits were short-lived. Acupuncture worked so well for my back pain that I never went back to the other three places for my back. (I certainly couldn’t afford to do more than one). In my case, acupuncture blew the others away.

My acupuncturist minimizes how much I need to do as far as the clothing issue. What symptoms I have dictate where he needs to access. Where he needs to access dictates what I need to do clothing-wise. I’ve had acupuncture sessions where rolling up my sleeves and pant legs was sufficient. For the times this isn’t enough, he provides clean sheets for me to stay warm and comfortable and only moves the sheets as necessarily for access.

When I had chiropractic, I had to change into a hospital gown. Granted, there were no needles involved. However, I was never fully clothed for chiropractic like you are where you go.

As with anything, things vary from practitioner to practitioner (depending on personal preferences and how they were trained) and patient to patient (depending on where the symptoms are).

It took me awhile when I first started getting acupuncture to be able to “zone out” and totally relax during a session. I’ve been going regularly for 9 years. So, I have reached the point where I look forward very much to my appointments because it is the #1 best way for me to relax… far better than a night’s sleep packed into a 1 hour session! (Granted I have sleep apnea and don’t sleep well and am allergic to my CPAP headgear to treat it. So, until I solve that problem… I’m not getting good sleep because I stop breathing all night). Acupuncture is one of my very favorite things to do.

Now, about the needles. There ARE different types of needles. If you view my video where I talk about acupuncture needles, you’ll see the kind my acupuncturist uses… Japanese style needles. If your needles are thicker, they are most likely another type of needles (possibly Chinese needles). There is a big difference in thickness between the two. Or, as you mentioned, your acupuncturist may use a combination of needle types depending on what area he or she is working on. (I know I have had Chinese needles in my ears and that was a very different sensation altogether going in).

Most needles I don’t feel going in at all. I have a leg where I had a nerve-cutting surgery that did not go as planned… resulting in phantom pain afterwards. That leg is a mess. However, my acupuncturist is the ONLY person who has been able to lessen the pain in it. Not the surgeon who did the nerve-cutting. Not the neurologists (plural). Not the PCP. Not numerous meds. Only acupuncture helps my leg.

With my fibromyalgia and allodynia, I am very sensitive. Acupuncture is a breeze for me compared to a lot of other things. For the minority of needles I do feel going in, it’s not a big deal for me. Once in a blue moon, I feel a needle go in more than I’m used to feeling it, I let him know, he removes/re-inserts it, and it is painless.

I know exactly what you mean about some areas not taking needles. My bad leg (mentioned above) would jump so high reflexively after the surgery-gone-wrong that he had to settle for using magnets on that leg for a few sessions. To this day, that leg wants to jump when the needles are inserted. I am lucky to have a patient, caring, highly-skilled acupuncturist who can manage to insert needles in that leg despite some distracting jumps on my part. I do my best to stay still and he has learned to work around this reflex issue.

That’s great that you gave it another chance and it’s working better than before. Perhaps you could investigate your options on needle types? It is always a plus to have no side effects; that’s great that you have none!

Hmm. It sounds like maybe a love/not sure why I can’t love it more/maybe I can ask for thinner needles (?) scenario to me. 😉



11 michael tyndallNo Gravatar { 06.21.13 at 10:57 pm }

So i have some dysautonomia symptoms including restless leg syndrome, hyper contractive bladder and genital insensitivity….. I have not yet tried accupuncture for these symptoms but am considering trying it. Any recommendations?
Thank you!

12 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.23.13 at 12:48 am }

Welcome Michael!

While I cannot provide medical advice (please see disclaimer here), I know many people who have found acupuncture an invaluable tool for managing all sorts of symptoms/illnesses. The following link may be helpful for locating an acupuncturist in your area:

Acupuncture Today

Hopefully this is helpful. Good luck.


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