I left work early this day because I had the most insane migraine. It was right after I started my period and had a migraine/headache all weekend. It sucked! I haven't had a period migraine in almost two years. I tried to go to work and deal with it (it was only a headache when I woke up) but as the day did it's thing, I felt like I was going to pass out from pain. I took some of my prescription migraine meds that make me feel all floaty so I figured I'd head home instead of falling asleep at my desk. I was able to schedule my acu appointment so I could stop there on the way home.
Maybe I just had too high of expectations but I really though acu would help the migraine. It did the complete opposite. I don't rememeber much of the appointment but I know I told her that I had the most massive headache and I left work early because of it. She said that it might have been the herbs for that week because they were to tonify my blood. At the end of the appointment she put little stickers in my left ear. I think she called them 'sids' or something. They were tiny marbles under sticky tape that I was supposed to push when I had a headache, or something like that.
So the entire ride home, I was massaging, pushing and holding those stinkin' things. I thought it was magic. It felt better!!! Until...I stopped. I pushed those things so much my ear swelled up and turned red. It felt like my entire ear was bruised BUT while I had my fingers on those little buttons, I had relief.
I heavily medicated for the entire night which left me feeling like my head was full of cotton balls. No fun! That was the end of the headaches though.
This was my first appointment during injections. I started injections that Sunday and had my appointment that Monday. Although she specializes in infertility, I don't feel like she understood the treatments. She must have asked me over a dozen times (during the course of my five visits) if I'm sure I've never had a positive pregnancy test. Really?!? No, I'm lying.
Anyway, I told her that I was hesitant about doing the potion part of the treatment while I was undergoing fert treatments (considering last week she thought they could've been the cause of my migraine.) I just didn't want to risk feeling icky because of the herbal potion AND the shots. She sort of ignored my concerns and told me it would be fine. I went with it.
This was the first appointment that she put needles into my stomach. They were a tiny bit more sensitive than some other spots but not nearly as much as I thought they'd be. I survived.
Before this appointment, I wondered how I would ever be able to stop going. Not because I loved it that much but because I always schedule my next appointment at the end of the current appointment. I wasn't sure how I'd be able to say, "um, let me just call you later to schedule the appointment" without looking suspicious. Well, at the end of this appointment she told me to call after my check up with the RE the following day and make a pre-IUI appointment. So...I just never called back.
Do I recommend it???
I do! I went there with the intention of feeling better overall. I felt relaxed during my appointments and I felt like the potions were helping.
My concern was the price. When I scheduled my first appointment, it was $45 a session. I can totally do that. When I had the appointment, she asked if I was willing to take herbs. I said yes, knowing that it would cost extra. That appointment turned out to be $85!!! Each appointment after that was $80. For some reason, when I did the math, I thought each month I was paying $240 for acu. That wasn't too bad and I could manage...until I realized that $80 x 4(weeks per month) = $320!!! Nope, no thanks. I just can't do it. I can be saving that $320 to get ready for IVF or IUI #5 baby!
So that was my experience with acu.