On Pins and Needles!!

21 Nov

needles

So today I tried something new…

As I’ve mentioned once or twice (or too much!) I’ve been having some pain that I have self-diagnosed as piriformis syndrome (thank you Dr. Google.edu for the degree!!) but in the last couple of days it has gotten really bad. I feel like I have taken far too many anti-inflammatory drugs and don’t want to take more so decided to look into alternative medicine. Specifically, acupuncture and other naturopathic means.

A quick search with my friend Google and I found a couple of places offering Acupuncture and started calling. And leaving messages and getting “This number is not currently in service” messages. Finally, someone answered the phone and we had a great chat. Given the severity of my pain, she worked to fit me in first thing this morning. I answered a bunch of questions. Why yes, sometimes my legs and feet DO cramp at night! And no, gaining weight is not terribly difficult for me!

Turns out, that like most of the practitioners I found online, this particular woman does more than acupuncture – because “we need to treat the whole body, not just where you feel pain”. Which makes sense to me – but really I just wanted the pain to go away!!   A lot of what she was telling me made sense and I’m willing to go with it for a couple of months and see what happens.  So that means new supplements, and tracking what I eat and doing as well as I can on absolutely NO sugar and NO carbs (which means, no fruit too…) for 2 weeks. This will be tough seeing how next week is Thanksgiving – aka Carb Fest!!

We finally go to the actual acupuncture part of the visit and I was surprised that I couldn’t feel the needles at all — and after a few minutes, it did seem like the muscles in my leg were relaxing.  But, I wasn’t expecting miracles – I’d be very happy with one though!! After the treatment ended, I took my time sitting up and getting ready to go out of the room. I gave my leg a trial and..while it is still pretty painful, it takes longer for the pain to kick in.

I will take my supplements and watch my diet and go to my next appointments (and definitely do some research at the Google Library) and hopefully be back up and running soon. Though it looks like a 10k on Thanksgiving is out of the question, so there goes my new time for Princess Half Marathon!

And then? We work on reducing my need for diabetes meds and hormones.

2 Responses to “On Pins and Needles!!”

  1. April Shuping November 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    I love my acupuncturist. I started seeing her at least 5 years ago to help recover from an emergency surgery and then to help me get and stay pregnant. I’ve continued to go at least twice a month to keep things in balance. I had gestational diabetes and I noticed that my blood sugars were much lower on the days I had acupuncture. I hope you get great results!

    • outrunningthefork November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      Thanks! I may end up finding another person to go to, closer to home and affiliated with the local hospital — but really hoping to clear up my piriformis problem with the next couple of visits to my current one!
      Glad to hear a success story!!!

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