This blog post was supposed to be written and put up last Wednesday, but I failed. My energy levels just dropped to the floor. I didn’t even have the motivation or inclination to pick up my phone and do much Tweeting and at only 140 characters, that’s saying something.
Last Wednesdays post was to be written about the previous days visit to the Acupuncturist. This is that said post, a little late.
Someone mentioned to me, that acupuncture could be helpful for some of the more significant symptoms I live with due to the Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or as it’s more fondly know (fondly, being said through gritted teeth) POTS. Absolutely nothing to do with crockery. The two things that bother me most are headaches/migraines and insomnia. If I can get these under a little more control, life will be easier and less like wading through mud the majority of the time.
I went in for my appointment after a busy day at work and tweeted that I may live tweet through the experience. That didn’t happen!
The acupuncturist was lovely. I pushed through the doors already in a stressed and anxious state after first having difficulty finding the location, then having a fight with a parking machine which wouldn’t accept my shiny 5 pence pieces, before accosting a stranger to exchange loose change. The very sweet, accosted gentleman, kindly just gave me 20 pence and I bowled into the practice, flushed and chattering at great speed. A sure fire sign that my anxiety levels are raised somewhat. Lovely acupuncturist immediately handed me a glass of water and seated me, allowing me to settle for a minute before starting any kind of conversation. You can see this is going well can’t you.
After a lengthy medical history and symptom chat we headed to the table I was lie on for fine acupuncture needles to be inserted into me. Lovely acupuncturist held my wrists and took pulse measurements. I was now quietly anxious. Really, I want to feel well and instead of pretending to function, actually feel as though I am functioning, but needles in my body? She asked how I was doing and I admitted that I was actually getting myself somewhat worked up. She looked down at me, fingers still clenching my pulse and said “I know.” Huh.
It was then time for the first needle to be inserted. Any idea where the first one was to go? In the middle of my face! Oh my! NO!
“Breath in.” She said. I did.
“Breath out.” She said. I did. Needle slid silently between my eyes as she tapped it down.
Now anyone who knows me can tell you, as well as being a reflective person, I can, if the need arises, get quite passionately wound up and on my high horse about things. If I feel the need is there, I will get emotionally active about verbalising my view, so much so, that I now have learnt to tell myself to shut up for five minutes when I can see myself doing this. Imagine that passion internalised as anxiety and you might have an inkling of what was now happening with a needle between my eyes. I could feel a heat swelling up from my stomach and a dull buzz filling my ears. I lay perfectly still, absolutely determined I was going to do this. I will not be dictated to by my body in such a feeble way.
Lovely acupuncturist is obviously in tune with all this, or I wasn’t hiding it as well as I thought I was, and she talked me calm and then talked me through the next few needles she was to insert. Apparently the first one between my eyes is supposed to be calming.
She put one in the the top of my head, one each on the inner side of my shins and then one each in my inner wrists. These were the most prickly. Other than that sensation, they didn’t hurt and it was all in my mind. She then told me to lay there and relax for fifteen minutes. Sleep if I could! Though nothing hurt, what was going off in my mind was not very relaxing.
There wasn’t a chance of sleep. I lay there like a plank of rigid wood, until she returned to me and removed all needles. Though I hadn’t exactly relaxed, I was a lot calmer than when I had started.
Lovely acupuncturist does think this can help me. She wants to see me weekly for the first 6 – 8 weeks, then assess what’s happening. Now the fear of the unknown has been conquered – and I know where to park and what the parking meter doesn’t like! – next week should be better. I hope to let you know of any changes I feel taking place. This will be great for me and my quality of life if just these two things are eased off for me.
I am really pleased to see this post and that you remained faithful to have you really felt all the way through. Acupuncture is one of those treatments that can have a cumulative effect, that was my own experience. Complementary therapies are like shoes, you try different ones on and then you find a couple that suit you. For me both Reiki and Acupuncture were godsends. The latter in 8 sessions in tandem with physio exercises took me from being crippled to back on my feet and walking again in 2004. I will always be grateful to those scary needles!!
I hope your next session is a bit more chilled out now the unknown has passed for you, Rebecca x
Mayuri Purohit says
So Acupuncture really helps with POTS? I am planning to start, but not yet sure and thus wanted your inputs please. Thank you,
‘how you felt’ – damn tired writing fingers!
Margot Kinberg says
Rebecca – Thanks for sharing your experience. I’ve always wondered what it was really like to visit an acupuncturist, and you captured it beautifully here. I hope – I really hope – that it’s helpful to you and that you make some progress. I admire your determination to see it through and give it a chance.
Great post and I’m glad that you’re up for continuing with the treatment. It’ll be interesting to see how it progresses.
Margaret (@maogden) says
A few years ago I got referred to physio for a very painful tennis elbow. The physio gave me acupuncture. The treatment worked, I’ve had no problems since. Hope it helps for you.
Jane Isaac says
Oh, my! I’ve never tried acupuncture – I have a fear of needles. I really admire you having a go and dearly hope that it makes a difference x
Acupressure may be more suited to you if you fear needles. Same principle but without the needles 🙂
Tony Riches (@tonyriches) says
Thanks for sharing this Rebecca – like a lot of people I take good health for granted but have to admire how well you stay positive. Let me know when you are ready to launch your novel am always happy to help.
Joanna (Lazuli Portals) says
Fab post, Rebecca, and I hope your sequence of sessions helps your symptoms. I use Reiki daily, and also acupressure sometimes, and they’ve made a significant difference to my own ‘issues’. Good luck, and hang in there! x
Julie Flanders says
I hope this is helpful for you! I could feel your anxiety while reading and I know I would have been the same way had I been in your shoes. Best wishes that this turns out to be a positive experience and one that helps with your headaches and POTS. *hugs*
Annalisa Crawford says
I really felt like I was in the waiting room with you. I’m so glad it turned out okay, and also that you’re planning another session. I hope you arrive relaxed next time and therefore get more out of the session. I’m trying hypnotherapy on Wednesday – but without needles, I realise it doesn’t compare!
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My 15 year old daughter suffers with POTS, her issues with it are dizzyness and nausea from the dizzyness. I am taking her for accupuncture next week. I am hoping it helps because I do not want to put her on Beta blockers. Thank you for posting this, I hope this works for you and of course my daughter too.
Please post if your daughter got better
Hi mub, I ended up taking her to a eastern medicine doctor that figured out that it is her Adrenal glands that is causing the POTS symptoms. He called it Adrenal fatigue with POTS. He has been doing specific acupuncture for the adrenal glands and having her take this stuff called ADRENAL and she is doing GREAT. She hasn’t felt this great in 5 years. I couldn’t believe the results so I googled adrenal fatigue and POTS and was blown away by the number of articles I found. I am hoping this treatment continues to be so positive, because the last five years have not been.
Of course this may not be everyones issue that has POTS, but yes accupuncture so far is working and this doctor knew exactly what he was dealing with.
Hello, I am suffering from POTS as well for the last two years. Very dizzy, fainting, racing heart, tired, brain fog… you name it, I am experiencing it. I am starting to go to an acupuncturist and wanted to know what your results were like?? Did/Do you feel better??
Hello! I have POTS and vert Dizzy. Do you fond a solution for your problème?
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