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Bubbling, pulsing feeling all over body - from acupuncture complications - HELP!

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  • Posted By: BlackStar
  • January 1, 2014
  • 02:14 PM

Over two months ago, I got acupuncture. I had needles put in my arms and legs/feet. Four of the needles really hurt; the pain went deep into the muscles. I know it wasn't supposed to hurt, so I was alarmed. Then the next day, I had to go to the ER for severe pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness. Those particular symptoms went away after a couple of days.

But the symptom that has persisted is a mysterious, distressing bubbling feeling all over my body. It feels like veins are pulsing. I get the random bubbling feeling in one place, and then the next. It's almost like there's nonstop "chatter" going on beneath the skin. It's been going on almost every day since the acupuncture over two months ago. Sometimes it's so bad at night, I can't sleep at all. Usually I don't feel much of it during the day. Some medications seem to worsen the symptoms.

I've gone to the ER and a primary care doctor, and they don't know what it is. They had me go for a blood test, and it showed I was low on Vitamin B12. They want me to go to another blood test to confirm if I'm low on Vitamin B12. They won't move ahead until I get that second blood test. I'm very reluctant to go for another blood test because the last one I had was painful, and I bled much more than usual. I've read about Benign Fasciculation Syndrome (BFS), but I don't think that's what I have. BFS is described as "twitching," but my sensations are more like bubbling, popping, or pulsing beneath the skin. I also get itchiness in various places of my body sometimes.

In the past week or so, the terrible bubbling sensations have increased significantly. I'm getting the sensations continuously for long periods of time. I'd get them during the day, and I feel irritable and can't concentrate on tasks. I haven't gotten any sleep at all last night. The bubbling sensations are extremely distressing. I almost feel like I want to kill myself because the sensations are so constant and unbearable. Please help!!!

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  • I know this post is about 6 months old but I just wanted to know how you are feeling now. I too am currently suffering from the exact same thing 2 months after doing 10 acupuncture treatments. Its miserable and I have never in my life experienced this until I did acupuncture so I know it is that and there are other ppl with similar or exact experiences. If you could tell me how you are feeling now at least it may give me some insight on what to expect. Thank you and hope you are feeling better.
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  • I know this post is about 6 months old but I just wanted to know how you are feeling now. I too am currently suffering from the exact same thing 2 months after doing 10 acupuncture treatments. Its miserable and I have never in my life experienced this until I did acupuncture so I know it is that and there are other ppl with similar or exact experiences. If you could tell me how you are feeling now at least it may give me some insight on what to expect. Thank you and hope you are feeling better.
    Kiwi1990 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I know this post is about 6 months old but I just wanted to know how you are feeling now. I too am currently suffering from the exact same thing 2 months after doing 10 acupuncture treatments. Its miserable and I have never in my life experienced this until I did acupuncture so I know it is that and there are other ppl with similar or exact experiences. If you could tell me how you are feeling now at least it may give me some insight on what to expect. Thank you and hope you are feeling better.
    Kiwi1990 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • To all those people who have gone through or are going through peripheral nerve injury as a result of acupuncture... It can happen even though most acupuncturists dont want to admit it. It CAN happen and is a serious side effect. I am still suffering 3 months later as a result. Have started IV B complex and alpha lipoic acid to help heal my nerves faster. People didnt believe me that it was from acupuncture but it is and I DO NOT have an underlying issue. I am and was a healthy 32 year old young
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