Diet, sleep and exercise play a HUGE part in how your body responds to the condition as well. Seeing a dietician and seeking advice from your doctor as to how much sleep and exercise are recommended for you may be a good idea. Environmental factors such as humidity, living in a damp or moldy environment, excessive heat or cold can affect fibromyalgia pain. Of course, I'm sure you already know a lot of this. But doing further research on how to help yourself will only aid in your recovery and help decide if acupuncture is right for you.
Acupuncture needling and other modalities such as cupping, magnet therapy, gua sha, massage and so on can be very helpful. But the degree to which they help can vary from person to person. Needles may be too traumatic for some to handle. I have done acupressure on patients that are too needle phobic. That's massage in a specific therapeutic way on the points where I would have placed needles. The comfort of my patients is of the utmost importance and if needling causes severe pain or anxiety, then that is counterproductive to treatment. It's normal to feel a little pinch, or tug, people describe it in different ways. But it should go away within a minute and if it doesn't, or it gets worse, I take it out. There are other points that I can try.
I also would highly advise you to try some relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc. These can help with sympathetic and parasympathetic responses to pain as well. Good luck!!!
TCM is known to treat pain and many other conditions. Please first consult with your regular primary care physician for a recommendation and referral. It could be energy flow blockage to mental stress, etc...
See both your physician and acupuncturist for proper diagnoses.
Yes, you should get acupuncture for fibromyalgia.
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Although not every person receiving acupuncture has reported the same level of success, the fact that there are relatively few to no side effects suggests that acupuncture is surely worth a try to see if you can benefit.
In terms of the 'how does it help'…a March, 2018 study published in the journal Pain Medicine examined the effects of acupuncture on FM symptoms. The researchers found changes in two chemicals that may explain the improvement of pain. There was an increase in serum serotonin, sometimes called the happy chemical, while there was a decrease in levels of substance P, thought to be involved in transmission of pain and other nerve impulses.
The acupuncture can help relieve the tension from the unhealed tissue, help blood flow more easily to help healing continue and helps you sleep so the issue isn't exacerbated.
Find a licensed practitioner who works well with pain. Good luck
How acupuncture works in this condition is still, largely, an open question. We know acupuncture is regulating several neurotransmitters in the spinal cord and brain which have to do with pain sensation. Acupuncture also appears to be changing parts of the brain's pre-frontal cortex. This brain area has a lot to do with how pain information is processed.
For the best results you're going to need to do two things:
1. Make sure you're seeing an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist. You can start with the "Find a Practitioner" page at NCCAOM.org to find someone local.
2. Acupuncture is a dose-dependent front-loaded process. This means you're going to need to commit to several (probably 3-5) treatments up front. Usually we space these a week apart, but if your pain is severe your acupuncturist may suggest more frequently to start.