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GlassHalfFull
11-02-2006, 10:13 AM
Has really been helping me manage my stress levels. I don't know why it works for me, but it does. Now I deal much better, and remain calmer.

I've always been a very "wired" person -- and have never managed the calming in meditation, Yoga, etc.

Just wanted to toss that out there to the forum, maybe it will work for other people....

MARYCAIN
11-02-2006, 11:18 AM
I loved accupunture when I was able to have it - it helped my back pain a lot, but I'm on such high doses of blood thinners now, I would probably leak like a sieve! But I'm reallly glad it's helping you!

Flowermom
11-08-2006, 04:31 PM
I love acupuncture, been doing it for years. Sometimes I fall asleep on the table like I've been dosed with morphine. I've always used it for my lupus and body pain. Blue Cross covers it too! I mean I go twice a week, but every little bit helps.

Missy
11-13-2006, 08:53 PM
I also love acupuncture and my labs for my kidneys seem to be better when I'm doing it regularly. It has also helped with seasonal allergies for me, not to mention the fact that it's just very relaxing. I feel like I'm going to a spa, and my insurance covers it! I think that's mandatory in Washington state.

If you haven't tried it, give it a shot!

littlered
11-13-2006, 11:57 PM
:oops: I just can't see me doing it...I've watched videos of it, and I cringe at the sight of the needles, even though they are very tiny and the patient shows no pain....heck, I get to be a big baby about something don't I? Or am I the only one?
Still, if it helps YOU, good for you!

MARYCAIN
11-14-2006, 08:53 AM
I was extremely nervous about it at first, but my back was hurting so badly I was willing to try almost anything. It didn't really hurt at all and after a couple of minutes I hardly noticed it. I guess if you were extremely phobic of needles it might not work because you would probably be so tense it would hurt.

My biggest problem is things like CT and MRI scans - my claustrophobia kicks in big time, and my heart rate goes sky high. So I guess that's my worst fear as far as procedures are concerned.

GlassHalfFull
11-14-2006, 09:04 AM
I'm pretty needle phobic myself, but I don't watch, and generally -- they don't hurt. I have a few areas that do sting for about 30 seconds -- but those points correspond the the areas I have the most problems with. I gather that it shows the necessity of those needles specifically.

stjames13
11-14-2006, 09:06 AM
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THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR about ACCUPUNCTURE.....

Though it may LOOK like it hurts due to the needles it does NOT and half the time the needle is in before you even know it.

It helps TREMENDOUSLY , try toput the nedle past your mind , relax and try it....it beats taking meds and has no side effects.

STJAMES 8)

ganesha
11-14-2006, 10:35 AM
I have heard so many good things about accupuncture with Lupus, but my great fear has kept me from trying it thus far. I am paralyzed, so I have other pain and discomfort that I think it would also help. I have been thinking I would go ahead and give it a try eventually, but upon reading Mary's post about blood thinners made me stop and think. I am on Coumadin, and likely will be forever and had never even thought of accupuncture being a problem or contraindicated. Is this a real problem, or is Mary just being cautious? My impression is that the needles only go into the pores and should not bleed, but I dont like to mess around with bleeding with coumadin on any level, so some additional input would be great.
Thanks all,
Brent

GlassHalfFull
11-14-2006, 10:39 AM
But mine never bleed -- they are not in blood vessels ....

MARYCAIN
11-14-2006, 11:07 AM
Hi, Brent - it is not me being cautious - I would be perfectly willing to go ahead because it has helped me so much in the past. It is Dr. Kim, my doctor, who does the acupuncture, who will not do it. But my situation is different because my skin is very fragile from years on prednisone and I am on very high dose coumadin, plavix, and another anticoagulant, lovanox, because I have a stent in a main artery and they are trying to keep it from clotting up. Right now my blood is so thin that I bleed even from my insulin shots, which are subq. and I have had to stop pricking my fingers to test my blood sugar because the bleeding doesn't stop. I don't think someone on a regular dose of coumadin would have a problem - it's the high doses of multiple blood thinners that are the issue for me.

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ganesha
11-14-2006, 12:12 PM
Thanks for that clarification. That makes a big difference. I have used the lovenox at times to get my levels to the right realm quicker, but it is not a constant thing. Accupuncture comes up in my life regularly enough that I think it is time to listen to the message:) Hopefully soon I will give it a try on some level.
Thanks so much!
Brent