Andover Fibromyalgia & ME Community Group


EI was just wondering if anybody has had acupuncture on the NHS recently

I had a course of treatment last year 4 sessions weekly and I was left about 20 minutes in a darkish quiet room. I had the treatments on my lower back and although I can't say that it stopped the pain but it somehow made me really relaxed and calm and most weeks I fell asleep. So I felt it was a positive experience overal.

So when the pain team said to give it a another try I agreed. After a. 9 month wait I started the weekly treatments 3 weeks ago and I go for my last one on Thursday . It is the same team who did it last time so I was sort of looking forward to it.

This time however it has been a very different experience. Each week, the nurses have been late leaving their earlier clinic at another hospital, so although I have the first afternoon appointment I have been seen late each time and last time I was seen some 50 minutes late.

Don't get me wrong, I do feel for the nurses if the powers that be , insist on arranging appointments without giving them time to drive to the next hospital. I also don't mind too much as my mum takes me and it's nice to have a chat.

My problem is that, take last week I got up from my chair in the waiting room to go for my treatment at 2.50 pm , I had acupuncture on my lower back, was left for 10 mins! Had the needles out got dressed and by the time I got back to my mum the same clock clicked onto 3 pm. For what I had last year to this time is so different I feel the whole treatment has been so rushed it was pointless. Except I did let them treat my right arm ( elbow the worse bit) for 2 sessions ( yes the 10 mins covered both points!) and since then my elbow is worse and is more painful than it has ever been. So my questions / points are

1) is it now the norm for acupuncture treatments to last less than about 7/8 minutes, and do the shorten time effect the outcome of the rushed treatment, or is it better to leave the needles in for the 20 minutes I had first time around.


2) can acupuncture make a joint worse? As my elbow is really bad and as I am right handed I am finding it impossible to do everyday tasks. And if it can cause damage does the damage last and what can I do about it

Just so you know I have fibromalgia and take MST , Pregabalin, and oramoph

I must admit my pain levels are really high at the moment and I don't really know what to do. I haven't got a pain team appointment till mid July and my pain is just not controlled at all. I have also just finished a year of CBT, which I now understand more about pain than I ever wanted too, but it hasn't taken the pain away!

If anyone has any ideas on what I should do next I would be really grateful



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I had acupuncture and the pain from the needles was really bad specially the ones near my shoulders, it was like being tortured the pain got worse for a few days after as well. when ever I have had treatment or been examined or even seeing my Doctor or specialist they always seem to be rushing you, they are always running late and have far to many patients for each of them to see and that is why there are so many mistakes made in the NHS they can not cope.


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