I've just returned from my first ever acupuncture session and, as befits the (diligent) blogger that I've become, feel compelled to not only record the experience but also give due warning to my readers that this may result in a couple days or so of non-blogging on my part.
In brief: For the past month or so, I've been suffering from an ailment known as "frozen shoulder". During this time, I've been regularly going for physiotherapy sessions and, at these tri-weekly sessions, undergoing conventional Western medical treatments involving such as Ultrasound and other modes of electro- along with cold therapy. However, recently, my recovery has appeared to plateau; causing my physiotherapist -- as befits the East-West-influenced Malaysian that she is -- to suggest that I give acupuncture a go.
After a few days of mulling over this suggestion, I decided to take the plunge today. Or, rather, I decided to allow my physiotherapist to plunge a couple of needles into me!
Shortly before she did so, this trusted physiotherapist told me that I wouldn't feel much pain when the needles go in. As my exclamations of "owww!" plus "bullshit!!" in the wake of the needles being stuck into me were to amply prove, however, this did not turn out to be the case!
To be fair, the sharp pain that was initially felt as a result of the actual piercing soon subsided. However, what proved to be a rather strange -- as well as somewhat painful -- experience is that one proceeds to feel pain -- or, at least, soreness and aches -- in other parts of the body beyond the actual puncture point.
More specifically, in my case, although the two needles stuck into me were stuck into my back, my right shoulder's front area soon started manifesting a dull sensation and -- equally weirdly and even worse -- so too did the right side of my neck all the way up to my ear! Indeed, by the time I left the clinic, not only did I feel like an invisible individual was tugging at -- and wringing!! -- my ear but the right side of my jaw and my right cheek had started to ache as well!!!
One hour on, my right ear -- particularly the earlobe -- is feeling rather numb and my shoulder still aches. I've been assured though that all this falls within the perimeters of "normality" in terms of patient reactions (even while most people don't have such, um, extreme reactions). Also, that this is the pain before the recovery and period which will see me feeling better. But since that looked forward to period may not kick in until tomorrow (i.e., some 24 hours after the treatment)... :S