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Condition
Submitted By
Anxiety
Anon
Anxiety
Maria Wilson
Anxiety
Monica Calvert
Arthritis
Anon
Arthritis
Anon
Arthritis
SB
Cardiac Arrhythmia
DT
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
MMB
Cosmetic Acupuncture
Anon
Dental
Mark Driffill
Depression
Anon
Depression
MG
Depression
Renee Abbott
Depression
TD
Depression
Monica Calvert
Eczema
Alfie Borrill
Eczema
Renee Abbott
Eczema
Jude Evans
Fertility
Anon
Fertility
Anon
Fertility
Anon
Fertility
Anon
Fertility
Anon
Hay Fever
Monica Calvert
High Cholesterol
Margaret Jackson
Hyperthyroidism
Maria Wilson
Insomnia
Maria Wilson
Insomnia
Elena Munns
Insomnia
Anon
Insomnia
Diane Duell
Insomnia
Mark Driffill
Insomnia
ZS
Insomnia
Monica Calvert
Menopause
Elena Munns
Menopause
MG
Migraine
Michael Lawrence
Migraine
Melanie Jackson
Molluscum Contagiosum
Alfie Borrill
Morning Sickness
Jude Evans
Pain
Kathleen “Biddy” Minnitt
Pain
Jean Douglass
Pain
Janet Watson
Pain
Margaret Jackson
Pain
Pat Mabbott
Pain
Mark Driffill
Pain
DH
Pain
John Powell
Pain
Anon
Pain
Sandra Bird
Pain
Paul Cartledge
Pain
Shirley White
Pain
Graham Cooper
Pain
Margaret Jackson
Pain
Diane Duell
Pregnancy
Jude Evans
Pregnancy
TD
Psoriasis
Patricia and Peter Carlsson
Sinusitis
Vanessa Simpson
Skin Disease
Alfie Borrill (c/o Alice Borrill)
Sports Injuries
Dean Houlton
Tinnitus
Monica Calvert
Tonsillitis
Jude Evans
Unspecified
AH

Anxiety

Anon

The first time I met Vimala I told him the only thing I looked forward to was sleep. Sadly, at 46 years old, this was quite true. I have suffered from anxiety all my life (have a constant dull headache) and as I got older had symptoms of depression as well. Once I hit my forties I started experiencing feelings of extreme panic (dry mouth, racing heart, pounding head, tremors, feelings of dread, weepiness, and insomnia). Sometimes, my heart would feel like it was thundering so loudly I was convinced the people in close proximity could hear it. My appetite was non-existent therefore I was underweight and my symptoms certainly dictated my life. I was forever avoiding the situations that I was able to, particularly social, and lived in dread of those I had to face (such as work). As I work for the NHS and have a certain knowledge of medicine I managed for as long as able without prescribed medication for fear of replacing one problem with another i.e. side effects of the type of drug I knew I was likely to be prescribed if I presented with the symptoms I have described. However, in my early forties I felt if I didn’t do something I would get to the stage where I was unable to get out of bed and face the day and realised that would most certainly lead to a downward spiral of time off work and probably exacerbate the problem. I was duly prescribed antidepressants and sleeping pills, plus pain relief tablets for the constant headache. I stopped the antidepressants after about six months as they didn’t seem to help as much as I had hoped and I couldn’t cope with the side effects (flushing, night sweats and a rather numb or spaced feeling) but habitually took the pain relief and the sleeping tablets. I looked forward to sleep because it was the only relief from my symptoms.


Three months later, and after a course of ten acupuncture sessions (I now have an acupuncture session every 3-4 weeks) I am a somewhat different (certainly calmer) person. My energy levels have risen considerably and continue to do so, my body feels very much lighter (although I have actually put on weight as my appetite is improved), my head and mind are clearer and my attitude is more positive and optimistic. I haven’t had a panic attack since my third or fourth session of acupuncture and rarely take pain relief tablets. My next challenge is to stop the sleeping tablets. I still have my old friend the headache, but it is ever decreasing in intensity and constancy. While I would not claim to be completely symptom free (I still suffer some occasional anxiety but nothing like the sheer panic and dread I used to experience), I would claim to be able to cope with it and understand it better and be able to alleviate it more successfully than I have ever been able to before.


I embraced acupuncture as I really wanted it to work and it has, and I’ve also made other lifestyle changes (diet, exercise and try to explore what makes me the way I am) to ensure I was working with it and giving it my optimum. I wish I had done it years ago. I enjoy the sessions immensely – I would rather have acupuncture than a massage.


When I first told Vimala all I looked forward to was sleep, he said ‘we’ll see if we can do something about that’ – and he has.