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acupuncture advice?

Posted by alan k on 1/08/00 at 00:00 (014464)

Aside from the appearance of the needle person, does anyone have any advice or warnings?

I am going in monday and wednesday. I don't know anything about the person, but my insurance ok's it so I am going.

Once I had acupuncture for shingles, and it was the elecric zapper kind. I wonder if people feel that has been effective, or just the needles is better.

Also, I am worried about damage, sticking the needles in the nerves or wrong places. Where did the needles go, for people who have been helped for either pf or tts?

I have tts symptoms, and also think I have an irritated fascia as well.


thanks, alan k


Re: acupuncture advice?

wendyn on 1/08/00 at 00:00 (014469)

Hi Alan, looks like you and I will both be giving this a shot. I should be starting within the next two weeks. I am not having such a hard time motivating myself since the last 4 or 5 days have been nasty pain days. Three nights in a row I've had to sleep with my burning feet elevated. By mornig the burning has stopped but they're still very sore. (No, I have no idea why the set back, but coincidentally - or not, my wrists have been very sore too)

My sports med specialist said that the only risk worth mentioning for acupuncture is the risk of infection - although this would be a very small risk. Ensure the person uses disposable needles (I believe this is mandatory here) and is registered and well respected.

From everyone I talk to, it doesn't sounds as though it can make it worse...here's hoping.

Looking forward to comparing notes with you!


Re: acupuncture advice?

john h on 1/08/00 at 00:00 (014477)

accupunctue is a walk in the park. there are various kinds. i have had 5 treatments (1 a week for the past 5 weeks). i go to an accupuncturist who uses the 'five element method' of accupuncture which includes some little burning chips as well as the needles. no big deal as far as pain goes.

Re: acupuncture advice?

john h on 1/08/00 at 00:00 (014478)

wendy: when your feet burn at night why don't you get a wraparound ice pack and strap on your foot (the kind you freeze in the freezer). they do not get as cold as ice and you can keep them on a long time before they get warm.

Re: acupuncture advice?

wendyn on 1/08/00 at 00:00 (014481)

I use get packs at work in the manner you describe. At night I use crushed ice (it's colder). It works great, but sometimes my feet can burn a lot while I'm trying to fall asleep. I do not think I could sleep with ice on my feet...but I am learning to sleep with them elevated. I am really hoping tommorow will be one of those 'less pain' days!!!!!!

I'm on my third movie of the day (forcing myself to take it easy)....back to the couch!


Re: acupuncture advice?

Lori S on 1/09/00 at 00:00 (014485)

Alan, there MIGHT be a couple of spots that make you 'jump' when the needle goes in. That's just because the area is a very important area and is very much in need of treatment. Does that make any sense? If you insurance has OK'd the person, she/he is probably certified. You'll do fine.
Lori in AZ

Re: acupuncture advice?

john h on 1/09/00 at 00:00 (014501)

wendy if your were a guy coach potatoe and football addict you could lay back and drink beer and watch all the football games.

Re: acupuncture advice?

wendyn on 1/08/00 at 00:00 (014469)

Hi Alan, looks like you and I will both be giving this a shot. I should be starting within the next two weeks. I am not having such a hard time motivating myself since the last 4 or 5 days have been nasty pain days. Three nights in a row I've had to sleep with my burning feet elevated. By mornig the burning has stopped but they're still very sore. (No, I have no idea why the set back, but coincidentally - or not, my wrists have been very sore too)

My sports med specialist said that the only risk worth mentioning for acupuncture is the risk of infection - although this would be a very small risk. Ensure the person uses disposable needles (I believe this is mandatory here) and is registered and well respected.

From everyone I talk to, it doesn't sounds as though it can make it worse...here's hoping.

Looking forward to comparing notes with you!


Re: acupuncture advice?

john h on 1/08/00 at 00:00 (014477)

accupunctue is a walk in the park. there are various kinds. i have had 5 treatments (1 a week for the past 5 weeks). i go to an accupuncturist who uses the 'five element method' of accupuncture which includes some little burning chips as well as the needles. no big deal as far as pain goes.

Re: acupuncture advice?

john h on 1/08/00 at 00:00 (014478)

wendy: when your feet burn at night why don't you get a wraparound ice pack and strap on your foot (the kind you freeze in the freezer). they do not get as cold as ice and you can keep them on a long time before they get warm.

Re: acupuncture advice?

wendyn on 1/08/00 at 00:00 (014481)

I use get packs at work in the manner you describe. At night I use crushed ice (it's colder). It works great, but sometimes my feet can burn a lot while I'm trying to fall asleep. I do not think I could sleep with ice on my feet...but I am learning to sleep with them elevated. I am really hoping tommorow will be one of those 'less pain' days!!!!!!

I'm on my third movie of the day (forcing myself to take it easy)....back to the couch!


Re: acupuncture advice?

Lori S on 1/09/00 at 00:00 (014485)

Alan, there MIGHT be a couple of spots that make you 'jump' when the needle goes in. That's just because the area is a very important area and is very much in need of treatment. Does that make any sense? If you insurance has OK'd the person, she/he is probably certified. You'll do fine.
Lori in AZ

Re: acupuncture advice?

john h on 1/09/00 at 00:00 (014501)

wendy if your were a guy coach potatoe and football addict you could lay back and drink beer and watch all the football games.