I'm used to limping. It's part of who I am these days. That's not saying I'm enthused about it, just accepting. So, imagine my surprise when someone exclaimed from behind me in the hall this morning “Oh wow, she's not limping”. I was partially surprised that anyone else noticed that I limp, and then partially surprised that someone had noticed I stopped limping.
I approach most treatment options with a grain of skepticism and the acupuncture treatment I had scheduled yesterday was no different. When you have had any sort of symptom for long enough I believe you convince yourself that it will never go away. The Multiple Sclerosis symptoms I have, while annoying, are not life ending and I was pretty certain that I had gotten pretty good at dealing with them. I was of course hopeful about the acupuncture but not convinced that it would make much difference.
I arrived at the appointment prepared to be disappointed, but low and behold I wasn't. Perhaps it was the opportunity to relax for twenty minutes but within an hour of my appointment, even though I was sitting in a meeting, I felt better. It wasn't a little better, it was better than I had felt in months. I felt invigorated, energetic and calm. I woke up this morning expecting the feeling to be gone, but it's not. I know very little about acupuncture, but my pain level hasn't been this low in quite a while.
I did look up a few things this morning and even the National M.S. society says that acupuncture may help with M.S. symptoms. I found several websites including webMD that said people with M.S. have had positive reactions to acupuncture. I won't preach, but I will say I plan to have more acupuncture. I am lucky enough to work in a building that offers acupuncture and I don't even have to leave work for an appointment 🙂
I am posting a few other links I found. It's always good to consider alternatives, and I admit I would have been less skeptical if I had read more first.
So there it is, my public service announcement for this week. Take from it what you will.