Chronic Asthma

It got so bad I ended up in the hospital…

Symptoms–recurring colds and sinus infections, anxiety, insomnia.

I was 42 years old when I had my first acupuncture treatment.  I have had chronic asthma my whole life.  I have always been congested and prone to colds and sinus infections.  I had pnuemonia 11 times when I was a child and I have taken more antibiotics and steroids than I care to remember.  This year the stress at my job just seemed to push me over the edge.

I was feeling tired all the time.  I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep.  My back started bothering me on a regular basis and my skin rashes were ever-present.  Finally I just had a break-down and ended up in the hospital with severe asthma.  After being pumped full of prednisone and antibiotics they let me out of the hospital.  I didn’t really feel much better but at least I could breath and besides I had to go back to work.  That’s when I decided to try acupuncture.

I met Jessica through my kids and started talking to her.  We scheduled an appointment.  I was pretty open to the whole thing really.  I have spent so much of my life struggling with these things that I really wanted to see if this could help.  I saw Jessica every week in the beginning.  I actually started to feel better almost right away.  I started to get my energy back and I felt relaxed and less stressed during the treatments.  This feeling would stay with me for several days.  My rashes started to clear up and I began to sleep better.  After a month or so I began to work out again and although I still got tired easily I didn’t feel demoralized by it.  The acupuncture treatments were clearly helping my physical symptoms as well as my emotional state.  My husband remarked on how much less depressed I seemed.

After several months of regular treatment my asthma began to improve and I was ultimately using my inhaler much less frequenty.  Along the way Jessica guided me to make changes in my lifestlye that would support the work.  For the first time I actually felt motivated to do these things because I could feel that it made a difference.  I still see Jessica about once a month to help with the ups and downs of regular life and to keep the infections and colds away.  I still can’t believe how much getting acupuncture treatments with Jessica has changed my life.

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