I’m currently undergoing acupuncture treatment. It is working for me. My physiotherapist said that it usually takes 4 sessions before you will feel/see results and to know if it will work for you. He said it works for some and not others. A 10% improvement is enough to continue with treatment.
Right now, I get about a day of relief of the sharp stabby headache pains. It will take my pain from a 10 to a 6 and I’ll get relief for the rest of the day. It’s slowly getting better too.
I usually get 12 needles… he has not put any at the base of my skull yet, he said he can if it’s needed or if the existing 12 needles stop being effective he will add these other ones.
It’s not for everyone, especially if you hate needles. It doesn’t hurt much, just when the needles are being put in, and it’s like a split second of pain. Other than the initial pain, you don’t feel anything… you just sit doing nothing until they come to take the needles out. You can move a bit if you need to move but it’s best if you sit still. (I experimented a bit with movement to see if it made the effectiveness better or worse, for me moving around a bit shortens the relief period)
If you are thinking of getting acupuncture make sure the person administering the treatment have done their research on Chiari and acupuncture… also make sure they explain to you the treatment and it’s benefits if it works for you.