Thursday, May 26, 2011

Feeling Adventurous

i decided to turn myself into a human pincushion this week. sounds fun, no? i've actually wanted to try acupuncture for quite a while, but didn't want to spend the money on it. yeah, i'm cheap like that. when i got the chance to do 4 sessions for free, i was so excited! i guess i should explain how this came about.

there is a women's organization at my church that does a lot of service and things like that on a pretty regular basis. the service is usually for other people, like making hygiene kits for a battered women's shelter or making blankets to send to disaster victims, but a couple of months ago they put together a silent auction where we could auction off acts of service for each other. i auctioned off a child's photo shoot, which went to one of my really good friends, and i bid on (and obviously won) 4 sessions of acupuncture from another lady. no money was exchanged. instead, we used a point system based on a questionnaire that awarded points for activities like reading scriptures, etc.

i was really excited to have won (i had saved up all of my points for this one thing), but i guess i was a little nervous subconsciously, because it took me a while to actually redeem it. so, tuesday evening was my first appointment. i really had no idea what to expect. i'd heard that it wasn't painful, but i was a little wary.

when i met with her (we'll call her mrs J), she sat me down and asked me all sorts of questions about my menstruation, eating habits, whether i tend to be hot or cold... of course, i told her about the impending miscarriage, too. she said that she wished i had contacted her sooner, because she may have been able to help. knowing it couldn't have hurt, i'm kicking myself now.

anyway, after she gathered all of my information, she gave me my diagnosis. i don't have enough blood. apparently, my body only produces the minimum amount to survive and not enough to be truly healthy. signs of this are that i am pale (aka pasty) complected, i didn't have my first period until i was about 15, the periods themselves are very short and light, i am often tired, i am almost always cold, and i tend to get light-headed when i stand up too fast. she said it could also be the cause of my miscarriages.

so, she stuck me...several times. i only felt one, though. she put a needle in my tummy and when she did i felt it all the way to my toes on my right side. she said that means it's accessing my chi and that it's working. it sure got my attention, at least! than she burned some moxa a couple of times on my midsection. thankfully, she warned me about going out in public after the session, because the moxa would stick to me and tends to smell like weed. thanks for the head's up! i don't want to be struttin' my stuff in the grocery store smelling like ganja and run into someone i know. how embarrassing!

the session itself too just over an hour and i've got my next one set up for next tuesday. B is pretty skeptical about the whole thing. he thinks acupuncture's success comes from the placebo effect. he says that the mind is a powerful thing and when you convince yourself that something is working, it often will. i, on the other hand, am trying to keep an open mind.

have any of you tried acupuncture? has it worked for you? i'm dying to hear some real life success stories!

15 comments:

Bridget said...

I LOVE acupuncture! I first went a few years ago after I had broken my hand and it didn't heal properly and hurt all the time. She treated my hand three times and now it never hurts. I also went to her before my IVF and she treated me three times before the embryo transfer and hey- I'm pregnant so I say it helped! :)

sunnyside up said...

I'd love to give acupuncture credit for our last pregnancy. My periods became very irregular and sporadic within the last year as you know that makes it a tad difficult to get knocked up. So we went to see Dr Pokey, within 4 months of treatments I felt like a new woman. Although him always wanting to see my tongue was a bit odd at first. So many things changed for me. I had always had cold feet, my mom does and my Nan did and my great grandma, I just accepted it. Well not anymore!!! No house slippers for this chica!! My feet are warm and even during the cold Canadian winters they stayed warm. That was the first sign of great things to come for me.
We will be getting back into the swing of things soon, the grieving is over. Now we must live and prepare for our next pregnancy!

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with Acupuncture. Go into it without expectations; let her do her "magic". You'll see a difference, I just know it.

I’ll be praying for you!

HUGS!

ifserenitynow.com said...

Hi Stopping by from ICLW.
I have tried acupuncture off and on for over 3 years now. I like it most times but sometimes I just don't feel like laying still for an hour with needles stuck in me. I can't say it has helped with us getting pregnant as two of my BFP's were without acupuncture. But we did use it during our last FET and this one has stuck so far. Who knows. Good luck and I hope you find the sessions helfpul.

Jen said...

I've been going to acupuncture weekly since the middle of April in preparation for our IVF. I absolutely think it's helping me. I've have two periods since I started. The quality of my flow has changed, and my pms symptons were almost non-existant this time. (although I was also on Lupron at the same time, so that may have had something to so with it.) It's definitely relaxing me. I'm feeling much more peaceful (with ocassional moments of freaking out) and sleeping a lot better. I definitely think there is something to it. Hope you enjoy the rest of your sessions!

And by the way, you are a rock star with the way you are handling evertyhing you are going through.

B- said...

I have heard great things about acupuncutre - and a couple nurses at work actually quit after becoming trained in it. A lot of girls at work use it too and report how much better they feel (less tired/ decreased pain)....

I'm hoping hubby and I can try it soon!! :)

You are lucky you have someone at your church to do it!

miranda said...

I've been doing the acupuncture now for 4 weeks and it's been great. I'd been having some lower back pain since January, and it has completely melted away. I have read some really great stuff about it, and my co-worker was able to conceive after only 5 weeks of the sessions. I have been going mostly to help regulate my cycles and I can definitely feel some "stuff" going on that I've not felt before. The only part I am not a huge fan of is the whole laying down and staring at the ceiling for an hour. I get a little antsy, but it's been very worth it so far.

Maria said...

i have never tried it but always have wanted to. a few friends of mine say it has been life changing for them...that you leave feeling like a brand new woman, like you just had the best sex in your life and that you just feel light and breezy! SOUNDS GOOD TO ME! lol
good luck with it!! <3

JustHeather said...

I have not yet tried acupuncture. Like you, I've been putting it off partly because of the cost and partly, because my husband is just like yours. He tells me to go do it if I think it'll help (maybe make my back hurt less, feel good etc) but not to expect it to be a cure all. I don't expect that, but I've heard some great stuff about acupuncture (a good friend swears by it for period pains, regulation of her periods, keeping her pregnant and making labor not so painful) and I would like to try! Thankfully there was just recently a great deal of 3 sessions for a very reasonable price. And now that I've gotten a BFN this week, I'm going to make my appointment soon.

May acupuncture be the thing your body needs to get you the BFP.

♥ C said...

Ive just started acupuncture and I am loving it at the moment. I dont feel a thing but I hate lying there waiting. I am doing weekly visits at the moment to try and regulate my period and then once that sorted hubby and I will be able to TTC. At the moment I am ovulating late (day20) so we are trying to get my ovulation to the normal day (around 14). Im positive it will work you me and you. Keep us updated on your progress.

Josey said...

I absolutely recommend acupuncture to anyone who is having ANY issues - from GI problems to PMS to cold feet to headaches to a sore back...it's amazing the range of issues it helps with. I'm so excited you're giving it a shot!

clewis said...

I have been doing acupuncture for over 2 months now, I talk about it a bit on my blog. I think its good, I am hoping it helps me achieve a positive for this IVF. Try anything right? I always come away feeling a bit more settled and and more the needles become more noticable and sore, this is a good thing, it means your body is getting more tuned in. My acupuncturist twists the needles slightly and on some days this can be quite sore. But I think it's really good. I go once a week and will be having a session after transfer. Hope it all goes well for you

Kate said...

Thanks for the post - I've wanted to try acupuncture, but wasn't sure because of costs/husband's opinion/my own reservations. I may give it a try.

Miss Mac said...

Love acupuncture! I leave feeling "lighter" as if I left the stress behind, and just wish the feeling lasted longer! I had 3 sessions before IVF and don't know if the stress relief helped with a BFP, but it couldn't have hurt! Relax and enjoy, you deserve it:]

SLESE1014 said...

I'm a firm believer in acupuncture. I believe it's part of the reason I'm regnant right now. I know there was a lot ,ore that went into this conception, but truly believe the acupuncture helped. I'm still going and plan to throughout my pregnancy.

It's as relaxing to me as a massage. I generally fall asleep, so I don't mind laying there for an hour. My guy is board certified in reproductive medicine too, so he really knowmhow to get women knocked up ;)

I started one cycle before my IVF treatment cycle. My period after one month of treatment was amazing. Little to no PMS, tolerable cramps, and perfect flow. It really was
amazing.

Sorry for the babbling, but I think it's great your trying it...I would recommend it to everyone...and have ;) And not gist for IF, but everything! I hope you enjoy it.

New Year Mum said...

Acupuncture is great... I swear by it now :) Hope it gets your blood going :)) Love to you always xoxo

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