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Acupuncture For Fibromyalgia Pain
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Possibly: I'd recommend you consult with an experienced physical therapist who has worked with acupuncturists. Sometimes response to acupuncture depends as much on the patient as it does the therapy itself, and a lot depends also on the cause of the pain. Be wary of any practitioner who tells you that they can treat anything and every-thing through their trade. Talk to others who have tried it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Lyrica (pregabalin) does a good job with diabetic peripheral nerve pain, and may be useful with other pain syndromes. Another drug, cymbalta, has now been approved for a variety of non-nerve pain syndromes, and may be a bit more useful with "myofascial pain". You could try either, but high dosage levels may be important, if you can adjust to side effects. ...Read more
Yes and no. : May help with pain or stress (if you Believe in it enough). But the disease itself could be serious ( ? Nerve compression ? Heart pain? Infection ? Tumor?). Make sure it's nothing serious before you trust in acupuncture. See your primary. If no serious pathology, could then attempt acupuncture. Feel better ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Nerve and other kinds of pain may benefit from acupuncture. Results can sometimes be very impressive. But this art as well as science, depending on patient characteristics, underlying problem, diagnostic skills, needle techniques. Some people do not benefit at all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acupuncture appears to modestly reduce many types of chronic pain, so it's not surprising that many people with fibromyalgia are interested in trying it: While the studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture for fibromyalgia symptoms are somewhat mixed, most suggest that it may have a beneficial role. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles to various depths into strategic points on your body. They are usually left in place for 20 to 30 minutes and sometimes are further stimulated by the addition of heat or electricity. When performed by a trained practitioner, acupuncture has few risks. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat, and a combination of treatments may be necessary to control your symptoms. If you're having trouble finding relief for your fibromyalgia pain, it may be worth trying acupuncture. But if your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be the right treatment for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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