One of the many debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia is extremely low energy. It’s hard to function and get anything done – and there’s not a pill you can pop to give you that energy back. To compound the problem, the body can’t heal itself it if doesn’t have adequate energy, and the spiral that occurs leads to all kinds of joint pain and a constant feeling of being “too cold.”
The low energy, unyielding pain and “coldness” all negatively impact lifestyle. You want to be active. You want to dress normally (instead of wearing tons of layers). You want peace of mind and a sound body. And these are all totally understandable, reasonable “wants” for a human being to have.
Our goal at Eastern Medical Center is to try to fulfill those “wants” to the fullest possible extent using acupuncture and Chinese herbs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the symptoms I’ve described are typically a result of a “yang deficiency.” That can be addressed through acupuncture to restore the proper balance and radically increase the body’s energy flow.
One of my acupuncture patients spent $50,000 on Western specialists and fibromyalgia clinics simply trying to “feel better” and find relief from constant pain. She lost her job and her house because she couldn’t move, couldn’t go outside and couldn’t drive at night because the intensity of oncoming car headlights would create piercing head and eye pain. Saddest of all, she began to adapt to this abnormal lifestyle and expect life to look that way.
After $50,000 and no relief, she turned to Eastern Medicine. After one treatment here, she noticed a change. And after every treatment, she felt a little better, with a little less pain. Then, she had a little more energy. Then, she felt a little warmer. Treatment after treatment, all these “little” amounts began to total a “lot” of change. After four treatments she could go outside at night. Recently, she told me she was able to have friends and family over whom she hadn’t seen in some time — and they all commented about how beautiful she looked. She has more energy she can give to herself and her loved ones. That $50,000 didn’t do anything, but acupuncture changed everything.
Maybe more than anything, fibromyalgia sufferers need hope. I hope this story provides an idea of what a brighter future can look like, and I’m here eager to help new patients find more energy and heal.