Migraine Treatment Experiences: My Experience With Acupuncture
In the nine years I've been living with chronic migraine disease I've been willing to try just about anything in hopes it might make a difference in my attacks. Shortly after first seeking preventive treatment with traditional Western doctors for my chronic migraines in 2004 I also started to explore natural options, including acupuncture.
Acupuncture was appealing to me because it's been used for thousands of years for a variety of health conditions, it doesn't really have any side effects and instead of applying a one-size-fits-all approach to my situation, the practitioner would get to know me and my condition and tailor the treatments to my needs.
I did some looking around online, selected a local practitioner and made an appointment. At my first appointment she asked lots of questions about me and really listened to the answers. In addition to the acupuncture treatments she recommended I keep a food diary. At each appointment she went over the diary with me and pointed out possible food triggers and made suggestions of alternative options for the foods we eliminated from my diet.
The acupuncture treatments themselves were relaxing and soothing. Much like when you get a massage, you undress as far as you feel comfortable while the practitioner is out of the room and lie down under a sheet on a treatment table. The practitioner returns to the room and inserts small needles in various spots all over your body. You wouldn't even feel them if you didn't know they were being placed. Then you rest in a dark, warm room with soothing music. The practitioner returns after about 20 minutes to remove the needles. You get dressed and it's all over. I always left feeling calm and refreshed.
Although my insurance didn't pay for any part of my treatments, I was more than willing to pay the $60 a session as long as necessary if it could help me get my life back. While it was a wonderful experience and I have no regrets about trying it, ultimately my migraine attacks were as unrelenting as ever. After about four months, in credit to her character, the practitioner finally told me she didn't really think she could do anything more to help me. She recommended other options I might want to explore and gave me referrals for practitioners of those techniques. When I measure my experience with acupuncture against other disappointments I've suffered in the quest to find help for these chronic migraines, this one was minor. I don't regret trying it, and I think it's well worth trying.
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Have you tried acupuncture? What were your experiences like?
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