Acupuncture Saved Me From Physical and Mental Pain
A Patient's Perspective - My story by
I've had IC for approaching two and a half years but was
diagnosed with IC approx one year ago.
To start with I saw the local GP and had antibiotic treatments
for recurring cystitis and then kidney scans and x-rays
to check for other possible causes; these came back clear.
After approx 18 months I saw urologist who diagnosed IC
after a cystocopy. The urologist suggested several alternate
treatments - we started out with an exclusion diet which
helped and then after several months, acupuncture.
I've now been having acupuncture for approx 6 months (since
December 2005). I started having sessions once a week but
now I go approx once every three weeks.
Acupuncture started to reduce my IC symptoms right from
the start. Within a few sessions I found that pain on passing
water was gone; also the sense of feeling like you need
to go again within minutes of passing water stopped. The
latter returns on occasions but the very next acupuncture
session always stops it. I've gone from a typical frequency
of once an hour, to once every two hours as standard or
three hours on the best days. Also, before I started acupuncture
treatment I had to get up once or twice every night with
IC - now I sleep through 8 hrs pretty much every night.
I've been able to start eating and drinking things I had
excluded, for example most drinks triggered an IC flare
up but I'm now able to drink a glass of red wine or a bottle
of a certain brands of lager with no problems.
I'd really recommend acupuncture to other people with IC
because as well as the IC-related benefits there are others
too; the sessions are relaxing and I always feel re-energised
the next day and it helped my digestive system and my immune
For further information please
contact Toni Tucker:
01628 525 299/ mobile 07958 730 157.