A patient of fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis was dealing with acute pain for severalyears. The person had tried all the conventional methods of treatments. The patienthad consulted several physicians who treated both conditions with pain killers andoperations — nothing else was done for years. The pain increased; it becomes more severe to the point that it crossed the person’stoleration level. With time symptoms of fatigue, fluid retention, and digestive issuesstarted cropping up. It was a point when this person had to do something. The painand other things were exhausting, both physically and emotionally. That is when theidea of acupuncture played in mind.
When the patient came in acute pain, I could see the mark of hopelessness in the
face. However, the patient was able to gain some trust after the very first session as
relief touched the soul. The person was unable to walk or exercise, which is an
integral part of the treatment. The person felt older and was perennially exhausted.
The first thing I did was to take care of digestive issues and water retention. Once
that was under check, I focussed on the pain. As the days went by, I am seeing
progress in my patient. Walking and exercising is being a part of this person's daily
I did many dietary changes and started administering Chinese herbs. However, I did
not latch to the same treatment throughout. As my patient showed progression, I
kept altering the herbs to suit the need.
There was a calm and peace that my patient seemed to have gotten back. The
person was not able to come down as frequently as needed. But it was reported that
the benefits of the treatment lasted longer. My patient is recovering from pain now
and is a firm believer in the benefits of acupuncture.