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Thursday, June 05, 2008 minimous, Community Member, asks

Q: How well does acupuncture work for migraine prevention?

I have not seen any threads on the use of acupuncture for prevention. I have had acupuncture during a migraine attack and I've had success usually a couple of hours after the needles. I'm tired of all the complications and side effects of all the drugs I've tried. A combination of imitrex and fioricet are usually very effective for me, but I suffer from rebound headaches if I use them more than 2 days a week. I end up doing that fairly often because the pain gets to be unbearable and then it can take several days to finally "get over" a migraine.

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mamatw3gs, Community Member
6/17/08 9:58am

I have been having acupuncture 1 - 2X per month since October.  The frequency and severity has seemed to decrease for me, as well.  Twice I've had treatments during attacks, and both times got relief.  The problem is, it does get pricey, and I have to drive 1-1/2 hours to my therapist.  For those who feel this type of treatment is too "out there," let me say that a treatment relaxes me similarly to the way I feel after a massage...And, the theory of getting things flowing freely makes it seem to make sense in treating migraines.  Hope this helps!

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lizagamma, Community Member
6/ 5/08 9:47pm

I had acupuncture for about 7 months. I got relief on more than one occasion when I was in the midst of an attack.  The frequency and severity of my attacks were lessened.  I had to stop because I could no longer afford the treatments.

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James Buell, Community Member
4/10/10 2:34am

Why can't we make the acupuncture visit just like a family doctor visit w/o going through the pains of paying out of our pocket ?  The short answer is: the health care insurance should cover these treatments just as it does for physician's visits.

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By minimous, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/12/12, First Published: 06/05/08