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Paging Acuann, please help with question

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  • Posted By: Harmonium
  • May 24, 2009
  • 05:29 AM

Hi Acuann. Sorry if this is the wrong spot to put this, but I have some questions for you if you have time and don't mind.

I have recently been diagnosed with SLE, Sjorgen's, Reynaud's and Fibromyalgia. The SLE and the Reynaud's are my worst, symptom-wise.

I've been placed on Paquenil and Ultram. I don't really like taking meds, but if it helps prevent worse symptoms than I have now, I'll do it. I've been taking small, regulated doses of narcotic pain relievers for years (for migraines and joint pain) but would very much like to get off of them. I also sometimes have to take a nerve pill (benzo) due to anxiety and would VERY much like to not take these anymore.

If acupuncture could help me, I want to try it. My insurance does not cover it (of course) and my husband thinks it's voodoo (no offense, I do not think the way he does I know it helps many conditions!) so getting him on board is difficult. Any help is appreciated.

My question is this-- there is a really good Acupuncturist trained in China very close to my work. Is this something that could help me? If so, what should I expect upon my first visit and what should I come prepared with?

There is also a good Naturopathic doc that comes to my town every couple of months that I know I can get an appointment with. Would that be more beneficial, or should I try both?

I guess I just want some general info about acupuncture. Can it help me? I know that's difficult for you to say over the internet and just based on diagnoses, but does it generally help conditions like SLE?

I don't know what to expect. As you could tell from my meds, I get nervous easily and would feel more comfortable knowing what I'm getting into. I'm not scared of the needles or anything (I've been told they don't hurt and I'm not shy when it comes to pain), I just want to know if it would be 'worth' it, generally speaking-- from your experienced perspective.

I would very much appreciate your insight here! I really am grateful for any information you could give me. Thanks in advance! :D

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