Thank you very much for you reply Chad, I will try my best to answer your questions in the order you asked…
TCM#1 - saw once weekly for 6 weeks.
TCM#2 - saw randomly since 1st of April, for 6 appointments.
TCM #1 did not know about TCM #2 as I had not yet seen her, and TCM #2 had nothing to say about TCM #1, no agreement or disagreement. To the best of my knowledge, TCM #1 said I had blood stagnation (i think) and my liver was sluggish so he was working to improve that and the rest would come in line. He treated me once for anxiety as well. Mostly he put the needles in my legs, arms, and forehead. Also, he would touch or twist the needles at the end of the session and he said this was to ‘activate’ the channels he’s treating. It would feel kind of like a zing…or tiny zap or shock, but not painful. Edited to add: TCM #1 just got back with me and said this: “You were on a Shen Calming Treatment Plan - and taking An Shen Bu Xin and Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan”.
TCM #2 has yet to share with me what she thinks or is treating, apart from infertility. And this week she told me she thought me taking the Vitex robbed my yin and we needed to rebuild that back up. (no idea if this makes sense to you?) I have been contemplating starting the Vitex again to see if it helps lengthen my luteal phase and lower my FSH, and raise my LH…but her saying this scares me. What if I do more harm than good?? When I asked her about Vitex - she said TCM was her area, and she didn’t know about Vitex. .(Edited to add, I tried to ask again what was my treatment/diagnosis in a different way and she replied: “You have Liver Kidney Yin Deficiency”.)
Also, I don’t know if this helps…? But TCM #2 always puts the needles in the same place, lower abdomen, stomach, inner knee, foot and the bend between my thumb and finger. She never twisted or touched the needles after treatment, just took them out… never any zing or shock. (which is the right way??) One treatment she also stuck small square tapes with little dots on 4 different points and told me to leave them there and if they came off to replace them if/until my period started. But I’ve no idea the purpose? She also uses cupping on my lower back and up my spine, after she has removed the needles, then she applies some type of rose oil on my lower abdomen and says “all done”.)
More details about each below…
The First Man I saw, I started Acupuncture treatments mid-february and went every week after (3 weeks in Feb) and then every week again in March up until my surgery on March 23rd to remove the cyst on my left ovary (so again once weekly for 3 weeks so first man was a total of 6 treatments or 6 weeks). Those treatments were all with the same man. He gave me 2 different chinese herbs during that time, one was called “An Shen Bu Xin Pian” - I was taking 2,2,6 of those pills. The second herb was “Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan” (by Guang Ci Tang) and these were ‘tea pills’, and the dose started at 16 pills 3 times daily, and he bumped me up to 22 pills 3 times daily.
The second person I saw was a lady, and I saw her after my surgery at the end of March. So my first appointment with her was the 1st week of April. She didn’t want to see me as often, and my next appt was in May (1st week, and 3rd and 4th weeks). Then I had to go out of town for a family wedding and didn’t get to see her again until June 26, and again July 5th. So it looks like I have seen her a total of 6 times as well. She didn’t put me on any herbs right away. But in May put me on something called “Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan” 6pills 2 times daily, for 7 days starting on the 2nd day of my cycle. She only had me do that one cycle (not exactly sure what that was doing?)
I tried to reach him today to ask him what formula or treatment he used on me, but I have not heard back from him yet.
She also sold me some capsules she called “holding tea capsules” And they came in a ziplock bag, she said she compounds those herbs herself. There were 100 pills in the bag and I was to take 3 pills, 3 times daily from ovulation on unless or until my period started.
The last appt she gave me another ziplock bag of pills called “Cu Pai Luan Tang”, there is 50 pills in this bag, and she told me to take them from cycle day 10 and to take 9 pills daily, divided in 3 doses for 10 days. I have yet to take any of these pills as I am currently in cycle day 8 as of today.
One thing the second lady did is comment on my thryoid TSH numbers, my medical doctor said they needed to be lower because my T3 and T4 for terribly low and in order to achieve that my TSH number would also end up low. My medical doctor had my TSH at 0.98 and was pleased with my numbers and that put my T3 & T4 in the normal range, the lowest part of that range…but still normal. When I started with second lady, she told me my TSH Was too low to conceive and told me to cut my thyroid medication (Which is nature throid) in 3/4. So I did that for about 3 weeks, retested my TSH thru the 2nd lady and my TSH was 1.28, she said still too high, and told me to reduce it by half. Did that, and retested again my TSH is now 1.58 - BUT my hair is now falling out. Soooo I contacted my medical doctor desperate to know what to do, she was not too happy that the acupuncturist instructed me how to take prescription medication and told me to immediately get back on the dose she had me taking. The 2nd lady never checked my T3 or T4 (she was sending me to a lab to have this lab work done). So I asked her 2 days ago and she sent me to have those checked as well, but I have yet to get the results.
I also contacted her and asked her the name of my treatment or formula she is using and she only replied back one word “infertility”. Not exactly sure if that is what you were looking for?
The second one I told about the first one, but she made no comments or claims about him or his practice and didn’t say if she agreed or not. But said she could most definitely help me to get pregnant and raise my AMH in no time at all. But that has yet to happen. She hasn’t mentioned any food or lifestyle choices I should follow…and I feel more than lost and hopeless at this point. As my goal is truly to get better and regain my health.
To the best of my knowledge I was doing fine healthwise, until about May 2015 - when I noticed a red ring appear on my tongue. I freaked out went to the dentist then doctor, where they both told me it was nothing to worry about and said it was “Geographic Tongue” and it was common enough, but harmless. This bothered me. I continued to wonder about it, but then my health went sliding fast, I was beyond exhausted daily, cud hardly manage the day to day functions and if given the opportunity would have gladly slept the day away. But I felt like something was REALLY wrong. I kept searching for answers, and seeing different doctors to be told by each I was fine. Finally a functional medicine doctor I found 3 hours from my home saw me - she ran about 15 different blood tests and found out I had celiacs disease, low iron, low D3, magnesium deficient, as well as wrong dose of thyroid meds becuz my T3 and T4 were extremely low. So that was Sept of 2016. I have been on all those supplements and doing everything she said to do to improve my health and numbers. All of which she said looked good the end of March 2017. (at least until I changed my nature throid when the 2nd acupuncturist told me to…she wasn’t happy about that.) Also, I am not sure of the importance of this? But my only celiac symptom (physically speaking) was the geographic tongue (which other docs dismissed) and chronic hives…like daily from 2015 on. I was taking Zyrtec daily, up to 4 times a day to get relief from the hives. I stopped once I had a celiacs diagnosis and went to as needed only, and it dropped significantly. I still have hives from time to time now, but mostly if I scratch without thinking…they pop up. Its annoying, but not as horrible as before giving up gluten. So I have always connected my hives to a gluten sensitivity or food allergy.
Thyroid condition I have been diagnosed with for the last 8 to 10 years I guess, but was previously on Synthroid (for years) - without it really helping me feel any better.
One thing I might add, before my surgery to remove the cyst…my obgyn was just ‘watching it’ and would do an ultrasound every 3 months to make sure it wasn’t growing. During this time my cycles were horrible and beyond painful. I would have cycles where bleeding was ranging from 10 days to 14 days to 18 days…and the full cycles would be up to 40 days. So when I started seeing the functional medicine doctor she recommended I try Vitex (or chaste tree berry). First cycle I took it my cycle dropped to 24 days, with 5 days of bleeding. I thought I had found the miracle cure. Second cycle taking vitex I had severe pain exactly 2 days before my period. So bad I ended up in the ER thinking something was exploding. But nothing found, except the cyst/tumor they were watching. Third cycle same severe pain, altho normal in length since starting the Vitex. I decided to stop the Vitex after 2.5 months because I wasn’t sure if it was causing my pain. So I stopped, but the 2 day pain before my cycles continued - but exactly 2 days only each month, then period would start as normal.
After having the cyst removed end of March (soonest they cud schedule me for surgery) The severe pain before my cycle left. It was a huge relief. But now, my cycles are too short at 24 days only. I have had 28 days my whole life, without fail…until the cyst/tumor came in 2016 and made them long, then I feel like the vitex made them short. And now I don’t know how to get them back to the ‘normal’ length.
I guess my sense of being lost and urgency comes from this…I have NO idea if I Am on the right path? Or even a good path? Do I go back to the 1st TCM guy? Do I stay where I am with TCM #2? Do I seek someone different altogether?
IVF is not an option for me at the moment financially, and I am not sure it ever will be - so was very hopeful I could regain my health naturally and proceed from there. Also, each and every ObGyn I try to connect with is a good 4 months wait to get in to see, and its not easy waiting and doing nothing. I did make another appointment with the ObGyn that did my surgery, and that I was able to get into this coming Thursday - she is also 3 hours from me. But I am not sure what she will suggest or what is even safe at this point? I Do not want to be put on some strong prescription drugs that are going to further deplete my system…and how on earth does one even know?
So what would be your best recommendation at this point? I don’t know how or where to proceed for the best treatment from this point forward. I googled your facility and you are almost 9 hours drive from me, one way. Not exactly a trip I could make on a weekly basis.
Thank you again, I do appreciate your help and any information/guidance you share.