Thursday, April 4, 2013

Another Round of Acupuncture, and Eating Update

Today was my second acupuncture appointment for my plantar fasciitis. I had my first appointment a week ago (detailed here) and my pain level went down quite a bit for several days. But then it came back over the last 2 or 3 days. I was a little sad, but I know this isn't something that is "cured" in one visit, so this morning I went back for another round.

This time was different. We started with a short talk about my symptoms and then rather than starting with the back of my legs and feet, he gave me a "holistic" treatment for overall wellness and to help with stress. I was lying on my back this time as he inserted a dozen or so needles into my arms, hands, legs, and feet. He dimmed the lights and went out for a good 20 minutes while I relaxed. The needles were almost painless this time. When he came back, he pulled them out and had me turn on my stomach for treatment on the backs of my legs and feet. Those hurt a little more, but nothing horrible... just a slight prick. I think he did the same areas as last time, all over the calves and sides of my feet. He went out again, came back in 10 minutes and twirled each needle until I felt a little jolt, and then left them for ten more minutes before taking them out. I asked him how deep the needles were in, since I couldn't see, and he said it varied from 1/8" in shallow places to an inch and a half deep in my calves! The jolts, he explained, were the energy channels for "chi".

*Edited to add: at some point in the treatment, he put two needles into each foot on the side of the heel and attached e-stim wires to them. I have had e-stim before, but just with sticky pads attached to my feet. He turned on the low voltage electrical current and ran it right through the needles into my feet. It did not hurt at all... just tingled. He let it run for about ten minutes before taking them out.

Next, he repeated the gua sha from last time, scraping my heels with a Chinese soup spoon. He was a *lot* more aggressive this time, pressing very deeply and I could feel the bumps and tight areas of tissue as he went over them. It was kind of sickening, the sensation it made in my feet, but only the right heel hurt in one tiny spot.

Finally, he hurried and did that technique he mentioned last time... the one that would have freaked me out if he'd given me time to think it over, but wisely, he just quickly got it done with just a few seconds' notice. It was amazing how calm he was and how quickly he tapped needles directly into the most tender point of my heels, right where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone and is sore and inflamed. It hurt, but it was so fast I didn't have time to object or think before the needles were right in. Then we waited a bit and he twirled each needle until I felt a (very jolting!) jolt... waited a minute, then repeated it. Then the needles were out and we were done.

I left feeling oddly SO relaxed I almost wanted to sleep. I felt like I was lying in the sun on the beach on vacation. And when I got home and walked around, my felt *almost* didn't hurt at all. In fact, all day my pain level on a scale of 0 to 10 has been maybe a 3, max. I am pleased and hope this improvement continues. I have another appointment next week.

On the eating front, yesterday was good:

7am: black decaf coffee
8am: Medifast cereal with almond milk
10am: Medifast meringue crunch bar
noon: Medifast shake
3pm: Medifast shake and 1 tablespoon of PB2
6pm: big salad of Romaine and spinach topped with sauteed chicken breast, green peppers, mushrooms, and onions cooked in olive oil
8:30pm: Medifast chocolate mint crunch bar

865 calories
98 g protein
86 g carbs
23 g fat (21%)

That is right where I am aiming. Usually my calories are closer to 1000-1100, but a low day here and there is fine, especially with that much protein. Feeling good and getting ready to pack for my mini vacation!


Debbie said...

I hope your foot gets better. I had this same problem a few months ago and I had to change shoes altogether. I started wearing orthaheal shoes and stretching my foot and rolling in on a ice bottle at night. It is gone now and I hope for good. Good luck with getting over it.

timothy said...

sounds like you got a really knowledgeable accupuncturist and i'm glad you're sticking to it!

Deniz said...

Glad to hear that things seem to be going well and that pain levels are lower than before. Hope the acupuncture continues to provide relief... and maybe even a 'cure'?

Anonymous said...

I'm so thrilled for you, Lyn -- the foot pain has been such an impediment for you for such a long time. This sounds extremely hopeful. And, you know, the foot pain is just one thing -- goodness knows what else the acupuncture will help with.

~ Arabella

Lori said...

I am so glad to read that you are getting some relief. Hopefully, this time the pain level will remain lower for longer.

Kaki said...

I've not tried acupuncture, so I appreciate you describing the experience so others will know what to expect. I had a HORRIBLE case of plantars fasciitis a few years ago, and nothing at all helped. I lived with it for about a year and it finally went away on its own. It was a painful year... I hope it brings you some relief!