After the meltdown of finding out there was nothing wrong with my brain or trigeminal nerve, I decided to get to throwing everything at it to find out what sticks. One of those things I’m throwing at it is my old physio, who does laser and ultrasound therapy for injuries, as well as acupuncture and chiropractic work. He’s an all rounder, and he’s very effective.
When I first visited him, he unlocked my hips – unfortunately my muscles weren’t used to my hips being able to swing, and so I was walking into things and clipping the corners of desks and the like, but my hips were working like they were supposed to again! While treating me for an injury he would also do minor adjustments to my back, each of them having huge and lasting effects. When I’ve been to him during major fibromyalgia flare ups, a few adjustments have me feeling better. Not completely better, but just better enough that I can get through the day.
Today was my first acupuncture session. Now please keep in mind that I am viscerally terrified of needles. I tend to faint when I’m needled for any reason.
I lay on my back and waited as he tore open the package. He was very swift in placing the needles, almost no time between placing the guiding mount and pushing in the needle. He placed four on each side, one over the trigeminal nerve, one up the scalp, one behind the jaw, and one just in front of the ear. Tiny pinpricks of anxiety.
I’m not verbose enough to describe how I lay there and panicked as he placed them one by one, but suffice to say, I did. A number of times he asked me if I was okay. I had to explain that yes, I’m fine, I’m just panicking because there’s needles involved. Once they were in and I was accustomed to the sensation, I was able to sort myself out and relax.
Since the treatment I have been attempting to catalogue the difference in trigeminal pain. Until now it’s been less continuous. I’ve had more sharp stabbings rather than slow burning aches, although they’re still there. The sensation of having one particular tooth pulled without analgesia is still there and just as intense. It all feels just a bit different. I’m not sure if that different is better or worse than before, and to be honest unless I was experiencing them both at the same time I wouldn’t be able to tell you which was better or worse. It’s just different.
I’m also really drowsy, which is normal. I usually have a bit of a shit rest of the day, but the next day brings about improvements. I’m hoping that’s the case here! And even if not, I’m there again next week. I’ll just keep throwing shit at it to see what sticks!
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