Hi Fellow CLL-ers,
I've been waiting to write this until enough time had gone by to provide a sufficient test. Now it has, and I can.
Acupuncture had reduced my fatigue levels dramatically. I feel almost back to normal.
I have posted here before about fatigue and its effects on my life. At that time I felt my energy level was something like 40 percent of normal, though I was (and am) at W&W. Then I started acupuncture. I have a terrific, well-trained practitioner in a clinic that gets five-star ratings on all the web-based consumer sites.
The effects didn't spring into being overnight, although I felt noticeably better after maybe three weeks. I was going twice weekly-- thank goodness my Medicare supplementary policy pays for it.
Over time the fatigue decreased. Then some more. Then some more. I also take a Chinese herbal formula that has furthered the energy boost. (Don't tell my hematologist! I'm sure he wouldn't approve.) Now I can say I am at a full 75-80 percent of normal. I'll be flying to visit my brother and sister-in-law at Christmas. The thought of the ordeal that air travel has become doesn't upset me. I'm making plans to visit friends in Norway this summer. A few months ago, the very idea would have exhausted me.
Mind you, I also do water aerobics twice a week, walk my dog every day, and stay away from foods that are inflammatory (in my case it's dairy, gluten and sugar). I take supplements as recommended by my doctor, including green tea and tumeric. I've been sober for more than four years (hooray!), so I don't drink alcohol. I'm sure all those things help as well, but I had been doing them all when I was still exhausted.
Acupuncture is widely accepted as a treatment for pain, though not yet for fatigue. If you're tired all the time, as I was, I hope you can find a great acupuncture practitioner and try it for yourself. Who knows? Might be a Christmas (or Hanukkah??) miracle!
Happy holidays, everyone.