Thursday, January 6, 2011

Acupuncture anyone?

Last night I went to a support group meeting where there was a presenter on acupuncture. I have never been a fan of acupuncture. Its not that I doubt its efficacy. Its just the needles. I can't look at needles while being inserted or while they are in someone's skin. (They turn my stomach.) I hate it during flu season where they always show people on TV getting shots. I have to close my eyes. I am a wimp. That's it.

But at last night's meeting I learned a lot about acupuncture and spent time looking at the walls while people had needles in them. I found that my health insurance will cover it. The acupuncture practice is conveniently located. Perhaps it might help my tennis elbow, and possibly my back pain and some other issues.

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years so it definitely works. It is only that here in the West we are a little slow about accepting it. I have nothing against it and enjoyed learning more about it.

My next step is to call my insurance company and clarify a few things. First of all the acupuncturist who was there said I would have to pay him and then get reimbursement from my insurance company. But online my insurance company says it must be billed by a registered acupuncturist - does this mean he must bill them or I can request a refund (and how do I request the refund).

I will also talk to my physical therapist this morning and get his opinion. He hasn't been too thrilled about the way my elbow is healing (or not healing - which doesn't surprise me because nothing ever seems to heal up and go away for me).

Then I will see about setting up an appointment either with the guy from last night or with a woman affiliated with the non profit I work for. She might be a little more convenient and I wouldn't mind giving her the business as she is an independent who is supporting herself.

Finally I will come up with a blindfold to wear at the sessions so I don't have to look at the needles at all. Maybe I can over come a personal fear to help my health.

1 comment:

wgasawoman said...

I finally resorted to acupuncture for treating a lot of breast tissue damage from radiation. As a needle phobic it was hard but I am getting used to it and it is helping. You mentioned tennis elbow and this made me curious since I now have one but do not play tennis. Do you think this is a side effect from the femara or tamoxifen?
Sharon