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Re: chronic pain, insomnia - advice?

Posted by Elizabeth on May 5, 1999, at 22:53:01

In reply to Re: chronic pain, insomnia - advice?, posted by Victoria on May 2, 1999, at 20:03:29

> Have you ever tried acupuncture? I've been doing it, just to see if it would do anything for the fibromyalgia symptoms. It seems to be effective for the aches and pains I get, although the effect only lasts a day or so.

Yeah, I did this; about 20 treatments, from a fellow who came highly recommended by a couple people I know (and consider fairly reliable, even!). It sort of maybe seemed to help for a short time afterwards (not a couple days), but it never had any benefit that was more distinctive or lasting than that.

Massage therapy worked somewhat better, but it didn't last either. (I'm informed that "massage therapist," not "masseuse," is the p.c. term.)

An update: I've been taking Relafen (yeah, another NSAID) twice a day religiously for the past week or so. It doesn't seem to be doing much. My psychiatrist thought a sleep study might be a good idea, but I remain unconvinced that those are good for much except for research purposes and the diagnosis of a couple of specific sleep disorders (e.g., sleep apnea syndrome).




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