Well, I tried accupuncture for the first time yesterday.
Last September/October, I got Lyme disease. First symptom was back spasms. I got a prescription muscle relaxant (Flexeril), and also had a chiropractic adjustment and a massage. A couple days later I had a conclusive Lyme bulls-eye rash, as well as fever, joint pain, and general fatigue.
Anyhow, prior to the chiropractor visit and massage, my neck and right shoulder also locked up, and didn't loosen up with the relaxant. A few days later, things did loosen up, but my shoulder was slightly painful, and definitely wasn't working correctly.
Fast forward five months, my shoulder still hasn't been working right. There have been incremental improvements, but it still isn't right. The issue is Scapular Winging (Jon Warner, M.D.
), where the scapula isn't being moved the right way due to a nerve issue, which causes a bunch of other things not to work right. I've been to a neurologist (EMG and a whole bunch of blood tests), and he just recommended waiting it out, that it'll probably come back on its own.
With nothing really to lose, I decided to try accupuncture. The guy I went to was recommended to me by my martial arts instructor, who had some success with treatments in the past. And one of my martial arts students is an ER doc who suggested that accupuncture might be worth a try as well.
I got six needles for sixteen minutes. Hard to tell if anything has really improved yet, but I'm scheduled for another treatment next week. There was definitely a sensation of something going on, and today my shoulder is more sore than normal. Range of motion and strength in my shoulder are relatively good today.
The entire concept of accupuncture still seems weird, but if it works, great.