The neurologist said medicine was the first line for peripheral neuropathy and if it doesn’t work, he can refer to an acupuncturist (and I can use the insurance.) I pondered about Gabapentin, an anti-depression med the neurologist recommended, reading the description and some websites. It could cause multiple serious side effects, and it didn’t appeal to me enough to choose it.
Two weeks ago was the worst – not being able to sleep because of numbness, tingling, burning, cramps, and spasms in legs. Yet last week was better. Perhaps it was because of lots of supplements as well as acupuncture I’ve experimented with. I emailed the neurologist that I want to continue what I am taking including acupuncture instead of taking the anti-depression drug for peripheral neuropathy as of now.
My first experience of acupuncture was a little interesting.
The old white-haired man coming out from the back of an old plain office escorted me to his desk and asked what was the problem.
While I was answering him in English, he was writing a couple lines in Chinese on a line paper.
Then he said, “One session is $40. Let’s start.”
Because I was not sure if he really understood my problem, I asked him,
“Before we start, would you please explain what you will do and how it works?”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, come this way.”
He took me to a booth, which had a bed.
I asked him again to explain what he would do and how it works.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, I put needles here, here, and here (pointing some spots on his body.) Change to the gown.”
I was not content with his answer and got nervous, but changed into the gown anyway.
As he came into the booth, I asked him the 3rd time.
“ This is the first time for me and I don’t know much about acupuncture. Until you tell me how acupuncture works for me – if it’s like Tylenol working only for short time or is able to cure – I won’t pay you.”
Then finally a young guy came in from the back of the office, and explained to me in good English:
In a body there is a circulation of energy called ”Chi”. If this circulation is blocked with some reason, a problem happens. Acupuncture stimulates spots to bring the circulation back to normal. It is curable and safe.”
O.K. Finally I was convinced and laid down on the bed. The doctor poked about 8-inch needles on my forehead, left and right shoulders, and calves. They didn’t hurt except the needle near the left ankle, but as I said it hurt, he changed the spot and then I was o.k. I was still on the bed for about thirty minutes.
Right after the acupuncture, I felt sluggish just like after chemo, but by the night, I felt my body was so right with little tingling more than ever!
The young guy told me to visit twice a week and continue for a few weeks to see the better result.
It was peculiar,but it may work!