I was wondering if anyone here has attempted any alternative therapies such as accupuncture or water therapy (to name a couple) to help manage their symptoms?
I have a girlfriend who swears by accupuncture. I used to be leary of it but she has gotten such outstanding results and it has helped her with her pain management (another issue, not chiari)
I know that with chronic pain and other symptoms, a lot of people do seek out alternative treatments because pain meds don't always cut it.
I got the idea of a rice bag from other members on this site and that has helped me tremendously. Also, when I'm having a lousy day, sometimes just "allowing" myself to rest, being kind to myself, takes some of the stress off. A dark room, good relaxation music, and comfortable pillows help too. My husband teases me because I tend to steal pillows..
I have been contemplating a consult with the accupuncturist my friend uses, and also seeking out water therapy to help me build up my strength. Having been SO sedentary for so many months now, even walking is tiring. I'm very deconditioned.
I am 9 weeks post op today. The NS said I could do cardio exercise as tolerated but not to attempt weights for another month, and also that he doesn't expect me to get my energy back until 4-5 months post op.
Wondering what alternative therapies others have tried?