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Fatigue, Vertigo, and Insomnia

My name is Carol M. I am a 50 year old grandmother and special education teacher.  I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff at Abundance Acupuncture for giving me my life back.  Last winter, my daughter successfully fought breast cancer, I went through menopause, and the more negative aspects of my job achieved critical mass.  This Trifecta of stress compounded symptoms that had been building up for years, leaving me depleted with constant fatigue, dizzy from water built up in my inner ear, and unable to stand for more than 10 minutes without getting a burning pain down the side of my right thigh. Insomnia, a host of digestive disturbances and chronic water retention also plagued me.

The usual remedies of self treatment with herbs, meditation, nutrition, trigger point self massage and yoga offered little or no relief.  Ditto for over-the-counter and prescription meds recommended by my primary care physician and the ER doctor who treated me when the school nurse and my daughter, who is also a nurse, bullied me into going in because my vertigo and high blood pressure, along with tingling extremities made it look like I was having a stroke. Turned out to be hyperventilation and water in the middle ear.

Now, I hate spending money on myself. (My husband and I brag about having bought my wedding band second hand for $50 at a gun show.) So you know I was desperate when I made 2 appointments with Jodi Sager, a massage therapist here in Beaver Dam. Her Jin Shin Do and hot stone massage did me a world of good, reducing the pain in my leg for 2 days after each treatment, but the symptoms quickly returned.   Jodi said I had so many issues going on, that she thought I would be a good candidate for acupuncture.  Her referral to Abundance Acupuncture netted me a free initial assessment.

That referral turned out to be such a lucky turning point for me! I had my first acupuncture treatment on August 11, 2008 and am writing this testimonial 4 weeks later, unable to believe that it is 5:30 in the morning and I have awakened refreshed, ready to face the day with energy to burn.  Starting with the first treatment, my fatigue has gradually lessened, until I now feel 10 years younger. The vertigo disappeared after only 3 treatments and the pain in my thigh after 8. (It also helps that I self massage a trigger point that made its presence known when I sat in a kiddy quad chair at my grandson‘s request.) At times, water retention still makes me feel like a wood tick ready to pop, but that usually happens only if I miss a few doses of the Six Gentlemen herbals that David recommended, or if I eat salty restaurant food.

Relatives, friends, and coworkers are probably sick of hearing about how effective acupuncture is when they ask me how things are going. Thanks to David Milbradt, his staff, and Jodi for her referral, a simple response of, “just fine” doesn’t cut it anymore.

PS--Since writing this a few days ago, I fell of the menopause wagon.   Shari Friedrichs warned me this could happen once my body got back in balance.  Anyone who thinks the effects of acupuncture are "all in your head" needs to explain to me how likely it is for the ovaries of a 50 year-old crone to start popping off eggs again after an 18 month break.

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