hi im hoping for some advice, i have had a prolapsed disc and terrible back problems for over a year now, i have tried everything the doctors recommended and at last was offered accupunture which i had heard was GREAT for back pain so i was really looking forward to trying it and went with a really positive attitude. (i have a massive phobia of needles so usually a nightmare when it comes to anything to do with needles)
I went for my first appoitment the other day at the local hospitals physio department, and was warned that i may feel a little pricking sensation / heat etc around the needle site and she was going to use 4-6 needles in my lower back and one in each hand and one in each ankle. The first needle was a little more painful than a prick and did make me wince but it was fine. the next 4 were absolute agony i was sobbing in pain by the end ive never felt pain like it before. She only did 5 before stopping putting any more in. I thought u wernt ment to really feel the needles? I know my back is sensitive but that pain was unbeliveable and there is no way im going again. the physio said my back must be over sensitive but i cant belive that its that sensitive.
Ive discussed it with several people who have had accupunture before and the only thing we can think of that could cause it is when she was showing me the needles she said that the needles wouldnt go in all the way only about half way ( aprox half a inch) and as i have lost a lot of weight since my back problems began from a mix of feeling sick from the painkillers / depression and i am now so thin you can count the bones all the way down my spine and my hips stick out. Would the fact im so thin have caused problems with her inserting the needles that deep?
i was really pinning all of my hopes on this working as for the past year + i have been in constant pain with nothing helping ease it at all. so any advice would be really aperciated.