I decided to come on this forum to see if I can have any feedback or answers as to why I am feeling this way. Not too long ago I decided to see an acupuncturist locally who was recommended by a friend and who practices Dr. Tan's balance method. I did a total of 10 treatments (1x per week). The first 2 treatments were fine and I didnt feel anything negative. On the third treatment, the acupuncturist mentioned she was going to go "deep" that day. I said ok as I trusted her plan. A few days after that treatment I became very tired and experienced a feeling of heaviness in both my legs. I was alarmed and told her and she said that she sees that as a positive sign...my Qi moving. To make a long story short after that 3rd treatment things have never been the same. I went back for 7 more treatments because I was told that she considered my symptoms worsening as normal and sometimes it just needs to get worse to get better.
During those 7 treatments I was feeling worse and worse. I was emotionally unstable and having huge crying meltdowns, headache, fatigue, excessive sweating of the hands and feet and diarrhea. But the thing that alarmed me the most was these weird sensations in both my legs and feet. I would describe them as symptoms of neuropathy. Tingling, burning, feelings of things crawling, pulling, chills, just uncomfortable and sometimes painful feelings. I remember after one session she had put a needle in my left wrist and soon after i started feeling these neuropathy feelings in my left arm and hand. I also should mention that I had experienced limb weakness in both legs and left arm.
I was not at all expecting all of this to happen. By the 10th treatment I made the decision to stop the acupuncture. It has now been 5-6 weeks that I have stopped. Although I do not have any more limb weakness I am still experiencing neuropathy in both legs and feet. I have to say the last couple of weeks it almost subsided and I was starting to feel better. Unfortunately the last few days it seems to have come back and its been hard for me to sleep. These feelings in my legs are making me so anxious and I am at a loss. I am a generally healthy 32 year old female. I do yoga and eat a paleo diet.
I know there have been other questions similar to mine and so I know I am not the only one. Furthermore, acupuncture can be very powerful and should not be treated lightly. Do you think the needles were too deep? Left in too long (1h1/2), overstimualted my central nervous system, too powerful for me? Am I too sensitive? Also will this ever subside permanently? I read another forum where it took a lady 8 months to recover and it was just 1 treatment. I have done 10 so I am very worried.