After 4 days of migraines, I was ready to try anything. I had already taken three different migraine medicines (two prescription) and was worried about taking more, so I decided to try acupuncture for the first time.
It was interesting! My migraine was not as intense as it had been the previous three days when I walked into the office, but I had a dull ache that signified that it wasn’t completely over. I liked the calming music and feeling of the office – it made me feel at ease. And fortunately, there was no incense burning! The acupuncturist talked to me for a long time, going over my history of migraines, trying to get an idea of my triggers and the different types of headaches I get. I told her about my miscarriages, my blood clotting disorder, and this pregnancy.
Then she had me lay on the table and she put several needles in different parts of my body. I was surprised at how few needles she used – I had visions of looking like a porcupine, but it wasn’t like that at all. I was also surprised that it hurt a little bit. I had been told that it just pinches, but a few of the needles were almost painful to me. But, the pain passed within a few seconds (and I was very communicative of how each made me feel). I don’t think I even felt the needles she put into my legs.
She then lowered the lights and told me that she was going to leave me for 20 or 30 minutes, and that I should try and sleep if possible. I felt very drowsy and out of it, but I didn’t sleep. All I wanted to do was itch, but I couldn’t move my hand! I tried to focus on my thoughts, letting them take me where they may. The music was very nice and calming, and it was a nice little break from life. Hmm now that I’m thinking about it, I want to go back! ;-)
Afterward, she removed the needles and helped me up slowly. She told me to come back in when I get another migraine, and that after I was no longer pregnant then she’d love for me to come back for a treatment plan of trying to end the migraines.
The dull ache was definitely gone. I did wake up the next morning with a headache, but it faded into nothing by early afternoon. So, I consider it a success! Today has been migraine-free and it’s a WONDERFUL feeling! I don’t know that I’d tell everyone else to run out and get acupuncture, but I think for this particular situation I’m glad I tried it. I’ll definitely go back if I get another one.