Re: ferred to an acupunturist/deep tissue to break adhesions?

From: Michele (
Fri Sep 10 20:57:41 1999

Anne, This person is supposed to be very good. I really appreciate the honesty of your post. My GP said that the relief would be temporary, but I thought it would be worth a try. I thought it was interesting that the conventional med, was open to other alternatives. My jaw was on the floor. I, ultimately am in control, and I don't think that if this is too painful, that these people want to "hurt" me. Thanks so much for responding. This is new and an unexplored avenue for me, which I have not tried yet.

Maybe they will simply loosen up a little. Some of the adhesions are "wispy" and others sadly are not. Michele

At Fri, 10 Sep 1999, Anne Hayashi wrote: >
>At Fri, 10 Sep 1999, Michele wrote:
>>Can anyone tell me if they've had experience with good or not good pain
>>management via acupunture.
>>I have return adhesions on the left pelvic sidewall connected to the
>>bowel and omental adhesions.
>>The idea behind deep tissue massage is not only to losen but to BREAK?!,
>>the adhesions. There is no anethetic. I'm trying to keep an open mind,
>>but that sounds really painful. Heck, I'm in pain when no one touches
>>my stomach. But, did it ever give temporary relief for any of you.
> I had acupuncture about 6 years ago after a previous
>laparoscopy. I too, have adhesions tethering the colon
>to the left pelvic sidewall and omentum. It did work for
>me to a degree that I could get off pain meds , however it was
>acupuncture with electrical stimulation. It sounds
>painful, but it is not. I think you will be surprised by the fact that
>it isn't and is actually quite soothing.(These needles are so thin, you
>hardly feel them then the pulsation really helps because heavily adhered
>tissue does not really have a good blood supply, and it feels really
>good to get some blood into that area.
>Pain signals seem to get blocked temporarily.
>I am not sure the reason.
>Actually, the tens units worn by many adhesion patients are an offshoot
>of acupuncture. Unfortunately, I have not had good luck this time after
>surgery. I am not sure whether it is the severity of the adhesions, or
>the fact that I have not located a good acupuncturist.
>You will probably know whether it is working or not right
>away. You will get a little relief after the first time.
>This will last for a short time. Then do it again.
>There will be longer and longer timespans between treatments. Did it
>rid me of all the adhesions. The
>answer is "No", but it did allow me to live with them
>more comfortably, and it may have broken down some.
>That was my experience. I wish I could find the same
>acupuncturist. I would try it in a heartbeat.
>Anne Hayashi

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