4 comments on “Test Driving Acupuncture

  1. That’s great to hear! When I started treatment last spring for spondylolisthesis (now I am down to once a week), I noticed a GIANT improvement to my GP. The last time I had a major vomiting episode was on Election Day last year (ironically)! I still sometimes get the other symptoms at times, but for the most part I am glad to be on my chiropractor’s plan (I will probably be going off and on the rest of the year). However, how will I be if something happens and I majorly get out of adjustment? Hmm…
    When I went in for initial consultation, I was relieved to find out not only did he know what GP was, but he was interested in how maybe my spine was putting pressure on the vagus nerve and how things would go during the duration of the correction treatments… all I can say so far is… AMAZING! 😉

    • Hi Jen,
      I used to have a chiropractor but was having a difficult time making it to the appointments with all of the other appointments going on.
      Glad to hear that it is helping you! Now I might have to figure out how to add it back into the mix.

      ~Millie

  2. Hi Millie,

    I just tried acupuncture for the first time last weekend. The doctor is Chinese and doesn’t really speak much English so I am not sure she fully understands about Gastroparesis but I managed to get across that I can’t eat, feel extremely nauseous most of the time, and get pains in my stomach. She stuck all the needles in and left me with a heater over my stomach for about 45 minutes. It was very relaxing at the time but I’ve since had a bit of flair up so I’m not sure whether the acupuncture is responsible or not. I was wondering whether you think it would be better to go to someone who is able to understand the condition better? I have another appointment booked for this weekend and am drinking the teas that she recommended (papaya and a special digestion mix) so I guess I’ll just see how it goes.

    I only just found your blog but have been reading through from the start and find myself relating to a lot of what you are saying. Thanks so much for all the tips and for sharing your story!

    Philippa

    • Thanks Philippa!

      I know that it took a few treatments for me to begin to see the results of acupuncture. However, I was extremely fortunate to find an acupuncturist that was able to really listen and understand me. He has several patients that have Chrohn’s disease, which is why I chose him.
      I’m not trained medically, so it is hard for me to say what is the right thing to do. However, I would recommend that if you go a couple of more time and still have bad side effects, then something is probably wrong.
      Several GPers have found some relief through acupuncture, so if you are feeling worse then it is probably time to find someone else.
      Keep me posted on how it goes! Don’t give up on trying new things!
      ~Millie

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