Acupuncture relief and hope renewed

Hi everyone. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

So homeopathy wasn’t effective enough for me so we decided to go for acupuncture. Once again, we did some research and decided on the practitioners with the best reviews on endometriosis and are registered with the British Acupuncture Council-the UK’s main regulatory body for the practice of Acupuncture. We soon realised though, that experience is always the best teacher. I had decided on a female practitioner initially because l thought l would be more comfortable. During my initial consultation, she went through my medical history and the treatment which was painless, lasted for 50 mins. However, she couldn’t allay my fears as l proceeded to ask her questions about the treatment. She couldn’t say if acupuncture could unblock my fallopian tube or reduce the size of the cyst even though her website clearly mentioned all these. Disappointed, l gave up after the 2nd visit and started researching again.

A friend referred me to another practitioner in Central London( she had difficulty getting pregnant too but even though l told her my underlying cause, she wouldn’t say what her own problem was). His website had great reviews too and he was even mentioned in a local paper as being one of the best in London! He didn’t come cheap but we figured we had nothing to lose and everything to gain . He was more candid with information saying it had worked for some women he had treated and they were able to conceive( there were pregnant women in the waiting room who were still coming for treatment) but it would take time to work especially as the disease was so severe in my case. So l decided to stick it out for a while even though the prices were steep. I saw him twice a month and was given some tablets to use. He also used electroacupuncture-where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles- and this was painless as well. In those months, my period became more regular, the pain ( both period and cyst )dramatically decreased and the painkillers became a weekly thing. However, l simply couldn’t continue as it was too expensive but the good news was it worked! Finally, l’ve found a treatment that worked for me; my hope has been renewed.

After visiting a fertility show, we decided to try a Zita West affiliated acupuncturist after meeting the lady herself. She also gave us some useful tips about diets and fertility tests. The nearest one was about 10 miles away and it wasn’t always convenient as we had to drive there after work and her clinic wasn’t open during the weekends so that stopped after a few visits too. Unperturbed, we persisted in our search for an acupuncturist that was in close in location, open during the weekends, great reviews and affordable. Eventually, we found him in Harley Street of all places and l’ve been undergoing treatment since July after my unsuccessful IVF( another story for another day). Since September till now, my pain on a scale of 1-10 has reduced from a 9 to 2!! l only use painkillers now for the first 2 days of my period. I have no cyst pain after my period and there’s no more spotting or bleeding. The horrible pain that radiates from my lower back, thigh, leg and foot is gone! Sometimes l have to pinch myself to see if l’m dreaming. After living with chronic pain for so long, l still find myself dreading my period and the pain that would follow and marvelling at how normal it is when it comes. I still get the odd twinge now and then from my left side where the cyst is and I still find it difficult to sleep on that side but all in all, l’m so grateful to God for this treatment.

It took me almost 8 years to get to this point because of lack of awareness and support. To all the endo sufferers reading this, don’t suffer in silence. Do your research and seek help. Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to Acupuncture relief and hope renewed

  1. Caligal says:

    Acupuncture saved my life. Before starting acupuncture, I was confined to my bed for 5 days every month during my period. I could not sit, stand, or walk (except bending over to walk to the bathroom to ease myself). The pain was unbearable. I was determined to do anything humanly possible to find relief for my pain. I spent hours doing online research and reading books by experts on endometriosis. I changed my diet and tried acupuncture- the best decision I ever made. My pain level on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being worse) decreased from 10 to a 1( when I am not on my period) to 2/3 ( when I am on my period). My advice to other endo sufferers (or those suffering from other types of ailments) is: do your research. Spend the time to read up on what others have to say about your condition, speak to specialist trained in women’s health or whatever field of medicine that treats your disease. If it means seeking the advice of more than 1 or 2 specialist(s), do so. Do not be passive when it comes to your health. You are your best advocate.

    • I feel like l’m reading my own story. Acupuncture for me has been a life saver. Great to know it has worked wonders for you too.
      I would like you to share your story sis , if you don’t mind. It would go a long way in reviving hope and faith for every African endo sister going through chronic pain and infertility issues. You can send it to my email –
      Stay blessed.

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