Musings of a Marfan Mom

For the Love of the Needles


I have a new love.

No, it’s not masochism.

It’s acupuncture!

I’ve talked before of my chronic pain. It had gotten to the point where I couldn’t really cook dinner anymore because 10 minutes of standing made me want to cry, due to my scoliosis and dural ectasia. Whenever I menstruated (sorry for those of you who are afraid of that word!), my fibromyalgia would flair for days. During these times I would just have to sit on the couch and have nothing touch me, sometimes for hours.

Not exactly conducive to parenting a toddler, you know?

So, in October, I made an appointment for a pain clinic. It took several months after that, but I was able to start a twice-weekly physical therapy regimen and that, combined with The Situation, took the edge off.

Then, a couple weeks ago, I started acupuncture. I am a new woman. I know that sounds dramatic, but it IS!

I hate needles. Hate them. But, I’ve always just known that acupuncture would work and talked myself into being ok with needles for this one purpose. After the initial consultation with the doctor/acupuncturist, she agreed with me. She told me to expect results in about six sessions. Each session is 30 minutes long. I lay on my left side; she places needles in various places depending on where I’m having pain (usually one in the head, two in the ear, a few on my neck, back, elbows, ankles, and top of my feet).

After ONE session, I was fibromyalgia flair up FREE for my menstrual cycle. I do not remember the last time that happened. It’s been years.

I’m not without my sore days, my stiff days, but the relentless pain is gone. I can cook. I can take my son to the park and walk around there for an hour. Some days, we go on MULTIPLE WALKS. How now, brown cow?!

You know what we’re doing today? Going to the hospital to meet two teens for a few hours. Then we’re going to go home, maybe Menininho will take a quick nap, and go on a walk with our friends, play at the park for a bit. And tomorrow? A walk at the mall with our playgroup, another walk to the park in the afternoon. I could go on.

Point is, I can DO these things. Because of the needles.

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  1. Wow! That is awesome that the acupuncture has helped you so much. A friend of my dads was having that done for chronic pain in his ears and neck after a motorcycle accident and it helped him so much!


  2. Just stopping by from SITS. This was meant to be. I also have Fibro. I just read this one post so far… as it is late and I need to get my butt to bed. :) So how long have you had it? Would love to talk to you.



  3. I’ve been considering this. For migraines. Wonder if it wold work for that too? Thanks for sharing. And, are you sure it doesn’t hurt while they are doing it? I’m deathly afraid of needles, still cry at blood draws even though I get them every 3 months. I am a baby. So, does it hurt? Does it?!


  4. I may need to look into acupuncture for my neck and shoulder pain too. So glad it’s working for you! Visiting from SITS. Hope to see you soon at my place.



  5. Im so glad you have some relief and are getting to do so much. It must be such a blessing. I hope this can be a long term solution. Dont wear yourself out having all that fun with your little guy. 😉


  6. Oh I’m so glad this is working for you! That’s awesome news and having just seen the light at the end of the sick 1st trimester tunnel, I have a little (teeny) taste of how glorious it can feel to just be free to take a walk with your child! This is awesome news and I hope it continues to help.

    (I am also squeamish of needles but very glad you were brave enough to try!)


  7. It’s awesome news. Did I mention that? 😉


  8. I’m so happy to hear you’ve discovered acupuncture! I don’t know what I would have done without it during my pregnancy. Whenever I have issues, it’s practically the only thing that works for me – from migraines to an old neck injury to TMJ to pregnancy issues – it works wonders. Good for you!



  9. So glad to hear someone else taken to acupuncture. Lately, I have been doing much research on “alternative” therapies and am really exited to start sessions. I also get frequent migraines and I was told by a chiropractic acupuncturist that this would help. It is wonderful that your pain has been reduced, I cannot imagine dealing with something that debilitating. Now you don’t have to lose time that could be spent with your beautiful son. Take care.



  10. I’m so happy for you, Maya! I turned to acupuncture years ago for migraine relief and it was amazing. I no longer get migraines of the extreme variety that led me to “the needles” but if I did (or had any other type of pain that could be relieved by acupuncture, I’d return in a heartbeat. To those who asked, there was no pain for me when the needles were inserted (they are varying widths but many of mine were about a hair’s thickness) and no blood or pain with removal either.


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