Nearly every day on the blog I get a search hit for the phrase acupuncture for POTS, so I thought I should probably update the blog on how the acupuncture is going as it’s been a while.
If you remember, I’m having acupuncture specifically for POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) related symptoms of insomnia and migraines. The insomnia was chronic. I was getting about 2-3 hours sleep a night and then doing a full time job. I believe the reason I was still functioning, is because of the reason for the lack of sleep – my brain refused to switch off. It just keeps whirring and whirring. POTS being an autonomic disorder where bodily functions that are supposed to occur automatically, don’t, and for me, this is a massive one.
The migraines were regular and easily triggered.
I have been having acupuncture weekly since the new year. I initially started in about October last year, but stopped temporarily. Has this helped? Well now I’m getting between 6-8 hours sleep a night, which is absolute bliss, though I could obviously do with more! And I’ve only had one migraine which was triggered by a massive stressor at work. Usually I get headachey, but they are a lot more controllable.
My lovely acupuncturist has also been able to help me with my EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). I have turned up for sessions and made comment that the area of my spine that meets my pelvis has been in a lot of pain, she’s done her stuff with needles, moxa heat and massage, and eased it a lot. It has been such a blessing. I still get my usual levels of pain in multiple area’s of my body, but when turning up with a specifically difficult problem, she has been able to help and this makes my life more bearable.
So, do I think acupuncture helps POTS and EDS? Absolutely yes. Would I stop going now? Nope. The level of life quality my lovely acupuncturist affords me is immense. I still suffer. I am still exhausted, though my energy levels have improved. I still have pain and get headachey, but I feel more able to cope and function. This to me is priceless. I only wish I’d tried it sooner.
Have you tried acupuncture for anything? Would you consider it?