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Acupuncturist Left a Needle in Me - How should I react to this?


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Submitted By: Apache0c

Just as the title says, I went to the acupuncturist yesterday and when I got in the shower this morning I still had a needle in my leg. How should I react to this? Please advise.

Background:

I have been interested in eastern medicine for as long as I can remember. I believe in acupuncture and have experienced great results from it as have friends and co-workers of mine. I have recently started treatment with a new Dr., now that I can afford it. I found the Dr. online and did a lot of research to find someone that I thought was right for me. The sessioin in question, was my fourth session with the Dr. The sessions leading up to that have been great, I like his technique and philosophy and I believe that I am seeing results from his treatment, his demeanor suits me as well. I'm kind of an intense guy, I somehow create pressure everywhere I go, it's part of my nature. It is possible that the Dr. was nervous or distracted. I have already purchased 6 sessions fom the Dr. and I have two more remaining. My initial thought is that I shouldnt over react. Should I be more concerned?

Thank you to everyone who reads this. I appreciate any perspective you can give me. God bless.


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Honestly, it happens to all of us. I wouldn&#39t give it much thought. I&#39ve both done it as a practitioner and had it happen to me as a patient. There is very little that can go wrong with a needle in as far as infection, nerve damage, etc. There are a couple areas that if a needle is going to be left in it will be in the head (particularly with thick needle colored hair - grey), and the legs particularly in fleshier parts (inner calf, etc.). The only place where it could be truly problematic would be if a needle were left in the back, but I&#39ve personally never heard of that happening. It&#39s mostly in areas that aren&#39t immediately visible.

While personally all is done in my clinic to have this never happen - it still does - not often, but it still happens. I imagine most other practitioners have similar experiences - even those with very small individual treatment room practices and probably a little more so in multi-room practices with assistants like mine.

I would mention it, just so they know it happened, but I wouldn&#39t give it much more thought.


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Yep. No biggie. In fact, maybe fate says it was meant to be there and you got some free extended treatment!!

There are even what&#39s called small dermal needles that barely puncture the skin for this exact reason.


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