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7 Acupuncture Side Effects That Are Normal

By Sara Calabro

The most common side effects of acupuncture are things everyone wants: better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, better digestion and less stress. One or several of these side effects occur routinely for many, many acupuncture goers.

Following the publication of an article on the most common side effects of acupuncture, AcuTake received multiple inquires from readers about certain unpleasant side effects of acupuncture and whether they too were common.

And indeed, there are other, less pleasant side effects of acupuncture. These additional side effects are much rarer than the most common side effects of acupuncture, but they can and do occasionally happen.

None are life-threatening and all typically are fleeting. Still, they are good to be aware of so that if you do experience them, you know they’re normal and nothing to be too concerned about.

Infrequent But Possible Side Effects of Acupuncture

In my experience, the following seven side effects can occur after acupuncture. Acupuncturist readers are encouraged to chime in, in the comment section below, about other possible side effects of acupuncture.

Worse symptoms

While most people notice a marked improvement in their symptoms following acupuncture, some feel worse before they start feeling better. In natural medicine circles this is sometimes referred to as a healing crisis. The idea is that as your body starts undergoing the changes involved in moving toward health, things get stirred up. This can cause not only an exacerbation of current symptoms but also the recurrence of previous ailments that had been dormant.

Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities. With that can come an onslaught of bodily awareness. This usually is a positive experience but it also can mean heightened sensitivity or intolerance for things that previously felt normal. An example of this is someone who unconsciously adapts to stress by tightening and hunching up his shoulders. After an acupuncture treatment, once this person’s bodily felt sense has been woken up, his mild upper back and neck tension might start screaming.

The good news about this side effect is that it’s a sign that things are moving. In the case of acupuncture, this means that the primary objective is being met. That is, you are starting to transition on multiple levels from stuck to unstuck.

Fatigue

People can feel wiped out after acupuncture. A more common result is increased energy but sometimes the “acu land” effect hangs on a little longer. This is your body telling you that it’s depleted. Feeling fatigued after acupuncture is not cause for concern but it is a warning sign that you need to rest.

If you have this experience, take it easy for the remainder of the day. Take a bath that night. Go to bed early. Come morning, the combination of acupuncture and rest will leave you feeling born again.

Soreness

Body parts where acupuncture needles get inserted can feel sore after needles are removed. I’ve found that this most commonly occurs with points in the hands and feet, especially Large Intestine 4, an acupuncture point located between the thumb and index finger. You also may experience muscle soreness away from the needling site if a trigger or ashi point was released during your treatment.

Soreness from acupuncture typically dissipates within 24 hours. However, big trigger point releases can cause residual soreness that lasts a few days. Most acupuncturists will warn you about this before you leave your appointment.

Bruising

Although less common than soreness, bruising can occur at the needling site. Sometimes bruising is the result of a hematoma, a localized collection of blood that gets initiated when the needle punctures the skin. Bruises, unfortunately, usually last longer than soreness from an acupuncture needle. Still, they generally are not anything to worry about beyond the aesthetic inconvenience.

It is unknown why some people bruise from acupuncture. I have a few patients who, no matter what I try in terms of needle brand, size or technique, they bruise every time. (Again, I often see it happen at Large Intestine 4.) Others—the majority—never experience bruising anywhere.

Muscle twitching

Every time I get acupuncture, no matter where the needles are placed, my right quadricep muscle twitches like crazy. Don’t ask me why. People may experience involuntary muscle twitching during or after acupuncture. I’ve seen this occur in muscles that receive acupuncture needles and, as in my case, on seemingly random parts of the body that are far away from any needles.

Muscle twitching is different from full-on muscle spasm. If during or after an acupuncture treatment you feel that one of your muscles is acutely spasming, especially if it’s a muscle that was just needled, tell your acupuncturist. He or she might be able to release it before you go on your merry way.

Lightheadedness

This is pretty rare but is can happen—and on very rare occasions, post-acupuncture lightheadedness can result in fainting. Getting up quickly from the acupuncture table can cause lightheadedness, as can coming for acupuncture on an empty stomach. Remember that eating is one of the key things to remember before an acupuncture appointment.

When your acupuncture session is over, take your time getting up and move gently as you gather your things to leave. If you find yourself feeling lightheaded after the treatment, sit in your acupuncturist’s waiting room for a few minutes and take some deep breaths. Acupuncture can be a physically and emotionally intense experience, and sometimes our bodies are not fully recovered at exactly the moment our hour is up. It is okay if you need a little extra time.

Emotional release

Sometimes people cry in acupuncture. Not because they’re in pain but because their emotions, which often get stifled while powering through life, become free flowing. The emotional release that can happen in acupuncture usually is a positive experience, but it can be surprising, especially for people who tend to be more emotionally stoical.

Feeling extra sensitive or tear prone in an acupuncture session, or in the days that follow, is completely normal. It’s also a sign that the acupuncture is working. Even if you’re seeking acupuncture for a physical ailment, increased emotional expression is an indication that healing is happening. From an acupuncture perspective, physical and emotional health are interconnected, so emotional shifts suggest forthcoming physical changes as well.

While these side effects are rarely cause for concern, you know your body best. If any of the above side effects feel like they’re too severe or lasting too long—or if you notice any additional negative reactions to an acupuncture treatment—you should contact your acupuncturist.

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Trish
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Just had my first big acupuncture treatment (beyond a token needle here or there once before) and I started weeping uncontrollably on the table. Completely freaked out my therapist. At home now and still feeling emotionally overwhelmed and really fragile for no freaking reason! I just went in for a massage for crying out loud! DID. NOT. SIGN. UP. FOR. THIS. Let this be a cautionary tale not to push patients into acupuncture.

Nick
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Hey Trish, I think many others can completely relate to your experience, myself included. People seem to have this preconceived notion that is the treatment is “natural” than it is “harmless” which is false. There are so many reasons why someone could have a bad reaction; too much stimulation, too many needles at one, needles being left in for too long, too strong of a treatment, a practitioner that has no clue to what they are doing etc. Acupuncture is a very powerful treatment and it can be used to help many ailments but if it is not done correctly it can cause a lot of issues. I stopped my treatments after the fourth session. No way I am risking getting worse. I hope you feel better, was this your first treatment? May I ask why you were going in the first place?

Trish
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I went in for an acupressure massage, and he asked how I was doing so I mentioned my tenacious migraines, so he wanted try some acupuncture. I had probably a dozen or so needles all over my body. He aslo went off on a weight loss lecture which while well intended (I hope?!) really rounded out the less than relaxing and healing massage experience I’d gone in for! I’ve had some acupuncture done before and never had this kind of reaction.

Nick

Well it could be a dozen reasons, often you can feel worse before you feel better. Wait and see how you feel over the next few days, don’t do it again until you feel better! If you get the same symptoms again and no relief at all I would stop and listen to your body. You could be very sensitive as well. Do you feel any relief from yesterday?

trish

Nope, migraine came back with a vengeance about 30 minutes after I left. The weeping continued for another hour after I got home. Super weird and unproductive.

davey

Hey, Trish, I realize I’m leaving this comment a long time after yours, and you probably won’t see it, but I just wanted you to know I had a very similar experience with my first acupuncture session. Or rather, like you, I had had a single prior experience that involved just like, a couple needles, and I had no reaction to it whatsoever, positive or negative. The second time I had acupuncture done–also for migraines, it’s worth noting–I had exactly this reaction. Just, total emotional breakdown in the doctor’s office, hysterical sobbing, couldn’t drive, just had to sit in the waiting room for like half an hour. It was incredibly embarrassing and unsettling, but here’s the thing–I kept going back for treatment because it had SO obviously done something. You know? I wasn’t sad, but for whatever reason my body just *needed* to cry (and like you the migraines got worse before they got better. The article above does mention that that’s a possibility. But the important part is that they did get better). And honestly, your response to this suggests to me that maybe you do need some kind of emotional opening up, if you’re so afraid of crying. Maybe that’s what your body was trying to tell you.

I agree that people probably shouldn’t be pushed into acupuncture, but having had the same experience I totally disagree about it being unproductive. Some kind of release happened. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was bad.

Mary
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Hi Sara,

I went in for right hand stiffness and pain and ended up getting massage, cupping, and acupuncture treatment on my back for the first time. I have 2 questions for you:

1. I experienced twitching in my legs during the treatment and still occasionally experience the twitching. How long should I wait before going in again and telling them about the twitching?

2. The left side of my back was just fine during acupuncture; however the right lower side was extremely sensitive and the therapist had to take the needles out of that area immediately. Do you have a possible explanations for this sensitivity just on my right side? It still feels a bit sensitive even now.

Thanks!

Ellie
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Hello. I went to the chiropractor today who also practices acupuncture. In discussing my complains (today was my report of findings and first adjustment) he convinced me to give acupuncture in conjunction with e stim a try. I am terrified of needles, but told him if he thought it would help my pain I’d be willing to give it a try. I am suffering from whiplash after a car accident. After the treatment and now (about 2 hours after) the areas where the needles were inserted are burning and painful. Is this normal?

JLong
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I had 3 bulging discs in my neck & my Dr wanted me to try this. It didn’t end well. After he put the needles in he left the room. It started to hurt so bad that I got my husband to go get him to come take them out. He said it was normal for some discomfort. This was unbearable! I ended up in the hospital for a severe muscle spasm.

Ion Doaga
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Thanks for explaining that sometimes feeling worse may mean that healing process started and the body reacts in different location of the body, which were sleeping for some time, causing pain.

Det2
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Hi, I’m scheduled to have acupuncture this coming Saturday. I just want a confirmation that its really ok? – I had craniotomy last July 30- brain surgery/ clipping due to anuerysm I was told by my acupuncturist that’s its ok…

Sara
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Hi. It’s impossible for me to answer that without knowing the entire scope of your situation. It sounds like you have an acupuncturist’s opinion. I recommend also clearing it with the doctors who performed your surgery.

Best wishes,
Sara

Laila
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Hi. I experienced a strange sensation of the room shaking back and forth during acupuncture and I’m wondering if this is normal. I had some pains in my left angle coming from the needle in my calf and the room felt like it was shaking left to right. I began to feel a little unsettled and opened my eyes to see if i was just imaging it but sure enough the ceiling and fan were moving back and forth. this lasted for about 10 mins. would you say this is a normal experience and should i be worried?

Sara
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Hi Laila,

I wouldn’t describe your experience as typical but nor would I say it’s cause for immediate concern. I have seen acupuncture cause a variety of different reactions in people. Experiences like yours are rare but they can happen. Did you tell your acupuncturist about it? And does this happen every time you get treated or was it an isolated incident? In either case, I’d suggest discussing the experience with your acupuncturist. Together you can continue to monitor your reactions to future treatments. Sometimes certain acupuncture points can cause atypical reactions in certain people. Your acupuncturist may have ideas about how your treatment plan can be altered so that you have a more comfortable experience.

Best of luck,
Sara

Ariane
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This happened to me as well! Almost the exact same way. It was my first session ever and so I am curious to see if it will happen again.

Tamara
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In response to Laila, March 3rd, 2013;

I have attended 3 acupuncture sessions now for various reasons, but mainly depression / mental clarity. After the 2nd & 3rd session I began to notice a real sense of relaxation during my session. I also noticed this strange sensation of almost an ‘out of body’ experience & felt as if the room was rocking back & forth also – or as if I was on a rug that was swinging back & forth quite erratically. All the while, this was in no way a discomfort, yet an extremely ‘light weight’ feeling. It was pleasant. :)

Lonnie Hicks
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In the past, I have seen several different acupuncturist and none helped more than 30 minutes. I have several disabilities, the main one it Trigeminal Neuropathy and another is my knees where I have no left knee cap and my right knee has been replaced. I have had a double bypass and a stent. The other acupuncturist asked a few questions, then started putting in the needles. I am seeing a new acupuncturist that in our first session, she actually went over my whole body, finding what she said were blockages of my chi. This took at least 45 minutes and then she started the session. Afterwards and after each session I have had negative side effects. They were hunger, tiredness, increased pain, muscle twitches, pain from areas that had not been painful. I also have had better bowel movements.

With my Trigeminal neuropathy I live daily with a pain of 7 on a scale of 10 after pain medication. Having this pain get worse is not a good thing and I have had to stop everything and go to bed several times. I am glad though that I saw this article because I was thinking maybe the new pain might become permanent and I could not live with that. I will continue my session and I look forward to my pain levels to decrease soon.

Tia
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I experienced an immediate feeling of emotional release, once the needles were inserted for the first time and the therapist left me to relax I started to cry, sobbing and thinking of my sister who had recently passed away other feelings of loss and sadness. I felt so much better, I went home and had the best sleep that I can remember in years and felt happier and less apt to get upset with the “little things” that used to make me angry. I surprised myself! That was after one session. I am definitely a believer and hope subsequent treatments continue to help me.

Heidi Plant
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I had accupuncture recently after having acupuncture for a couple of years and i started to feel very unsteady and light headed. I was sitting upright which is normal as i have needles in my neck and shoulder blands for severe muscular neck/shjoulder pain. But this time my therapist put twice as many needles. Within 10 minutes i started to get very light headed, hot and the pain from 1 of the needles was very acute. Then within seconds my sight become so blurred i had to alert my therapist as i was seconds away from full black out as the vision had gone. Is this something that is normal? and is this a side affect that can happen?

Thanks

al luminum
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hey i had acupuncture done on my shoulder to loosen up the muscles and i felt very nauseous and sweaty during the treatment, i had not eaten that day so it could be that but just wondering if that was anything to worry about

Lynette
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I had acupuncture yesterday on my lower back I first had a massage then he suggested acupuncture as he thought my problem was my sciatic nerve so I thought ok. Handled it all well felt good afterwards then woke up this morning with my back hurting again. I did some housework then had a shower as I was dressing & putting on my socks I felt a sharp pain possibly where a needle had been it shot right up my back & the feeling is like the needle is still in there. Is this common for afterwards.

Sara
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Hi Lynette,

I’d suggest contacting the acupuncturist you saw. Having some pain or soreness following an acupuncture treatment is normal, especially around the area where you were treated, but it’s normally a “good hurt” feeling. Kind of like when you have sore muscles after exercising a lot. Sometimes it also might feel like a bruise. But shooting sharp pain is not good or typical.

Please get in touch with your acupuncturist and tell him/her about the pain you’re experiencing.

Wishing you well,
Sara

m ia
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My wife and I had acupuncture for the first time today. It was in our ears. During the treatment my wife felt relaxed and then very lightheaded. She got pale and we sat for awhile and had something to eat.All day she hasnt felt right and we had to go home from the festival. She now feels nauseous and strange what could it be?

Alice
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Hi,

I recently had a session for acupuncture for my anxiety (diagnosed anxiety) and I felt better for the first three days after my session. Now however, I’m feeling alot worse than I did before my session and I’m due another session tomorrow, I’m having them weekly. Do you think it’s a good idea to continue or to seek other help? I don’t know if it’s specifically down to the acupuncture or not, although it feels related in some way. I’m hoping that I’ll get past this.

Shawb
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I had acupuncture yesterday around midday. I went home and rested and felt relaxed and well. Last night I did not go to sleep, I felt agitated and could not rest. Today I could hardly go, but had to go out and take care of some things.. I am at home now its been a little more than 24 hours since the treatment and I can not relax, and feel agitated. I fell awful and do not know what else to do.

crystal
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I just had my first session and had needles inserted for neck pain. The needles insertwd in my upper neck at the base of my skull hurt a bit. I had to ask him to take them out as my heart start pounding really fast and felt dizzy. Now im out and my neck hurts still a bit and i feel a bit dizzy and tied. Is this normal??

Sara
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Hi Crystal,

It’s hard for me to know whether the symptoms you’re experiencing are expected, since I don’t know the details of your treatment (or condition). You know your body—if you feel off in a way that feels unnatural to you, I’d suggest contacting the acupuncturist who treated you and asking what he/she recommends.

Wishing you well,
Sara

crystal
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I dont understand what mean by condition. I had tight muscles in my next and it was causeing tension headaches. So i had acupuncture done and now its feeling tender in the neck where the needles were is that normal

Sara
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Crystal, I can’t tell you that without seeing you. By “condition” I just meant the symptoms for which you were treated (“neck pain” from an acupuncture perspective can be caused by a variety of underlying imbalances). Do some people have tenderness in the areas where needles get placed? Yes. Should you be experiencing that? I don’t know. I recommend contacting your acupuncturist, who will know the acupuncture diagnosis for which you were treated and whether what you’re experiencing is cause for concern.

Sara

Kim
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Hi, I had acupuncture at lunch time today as I have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for the last 5 months.. All went well and felt really good, all the pain in my shoulder blades and chest disappeared, then at 6.00pm I had this feeling come over me of a very intense hot burning feeling in my chest and stomach then felt dizzy, this lasted about 10 mins, and now have had a funny discomfort feeling in my chest since… Can this reaction happen and is it common???

Cathy
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I had acupuncture yesterday for the first time, suffering from severe joint pain, tears of tendons throughout Degenerative disk throughout spine ect… from serving in Army 20 years. I felt immediately relaxed and went to bed as soon as I got home for 4 Hrs. By the am I was in so much pain, worse than before and nausea still continuing now. In short I feel terrible. How long do these symptoms typically last?

Sara
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Hi Cathy,

Reactions to acupuncture are widely variable from person to person. If you feel as though your increased pain and nausea are related to the acupuncture treatment you received, I encourage you to contact your acupuncturist. He/she will know best if and how specific elements of your treatment are contributing to your reaction.

All the best,
Sara

Heather
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Hi,
I’ve had 3 sessions of acupuncture for anxiety and immunity issues. After the first session I felt energized. After the second I felt light headed and so tired, I did rest and drank lots of water. After my most recent session, my acid reflux came back with a vengeance, and my neck and shoulders ached. One day after and I just feel wiped. Thanks for your articles, I have a better understanding of what is going on. I will be talking to my acupuncturist, this journey has made me so aware of my body !

davd
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hallo dear I have 5 session of acupucnture
I feel worest symptoms. insomnia , nuasea some times vomit , muscle weakness , tired , absent I am not focus , lightheaded , deziness special my stomach area still I feel pain and tightness. and num
every time I go back my chinese doctor he asking to me more money almost I buy. 1180£pound
so can you givin to me advice plze
thanx

davd
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and how long recovery body it self.
healing process

Mara
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Hi,
i’ve now had two session of acupuncture with my physiotherapist (right shoulder and neck areas), and I have experienced, in both session, excruciating pain to the point of tears, during the manipulation of the needles. Is this normal?
I have experienced severe pain before (hence the treatment) and always been able to control myself through breeding, but this was off the charts.
Please enlighten me :)

davd
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this is worest experience i have had

davd
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specialy my abdominal area

davd
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my last session was. June this year still I feel pain and restless I never ever advice any one to go acupucnture

davd
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any one can give me advice plze

Nick
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Hello Sara,
I received my fourth session just a few days ago. I have seen no improvement what so ever just a complete worsening of symptoms. I suspect I may have had too many treatments in a short period of time( I am very sensitive and brought this to my practitioners attention). In a period of eight days I had three treatments to treat digestion problems, insomnia, pms, and anxiety. In regards to my digestion if I follow a specific and strict eating plan, I can at least keep my symptoms under control however since having these treatments my body has not been able to digest anything right and I am very bloated. I also got my period a week early after my first treatment and despite finishing it over a week ago still feel as though I have it(bloating water retention etc). I called my doctor and told her my body was not responding at all and I could not bear the effects any longer. I have a few questions; How do you differentiate between a Healing Crisis or the fact that the Acupuncture is worsening one’s symptoms? And if in fact Acupuncture is not working for someone how long does it take to return back to the patient’s previous state before under going these treatments? It may be worth mentioning that in between my third and fourth treatment I waited 5 days and the side effects were still there.

Thanks you

Mary
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Hi Sara,
I went in for right hand stiffness and pain and ended up getting massage, cupping, and acupuncture treatment on my back for the first time. I have 2 questions for you:
1. I experienced twitching in my legs during the treatment and still occasionally experience the twitching. How long should I wait before going in again and telling them about the twitching?

2. The left side of my back was just fine during acupuncture; however the right lower side was extremely sensitive and the therapist had to take the needles out of that area immediately. Do you have a possible explanations for this sensitivity just on my right side? It still feels a bit sensitive even now.
Thanks!

Anne
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I went to an acupuncturist after contracting campylbacter jejune, a very serious bacterial infection of the intestines. I was sicker than I’ve ever been. The western docs put me on antibiotics, and the acupuncture helped me with the after affects of this trauma. I’m much calmer, healthier, and combined with Chinese herbs, my internal organs are feeling back to normal. I think acupuncture is amazing. And my skin even looks better. I’m a believer.

Matt
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I had 1st treatment done on a Wednesday and by Sunday I had a panic attack! Everyday after treatment has been a hyper awareness of body and mind. I feel spacy and super sensitive. How long will this last? Funny thing is my nerve pain has gone down about 50% so I guess that’s a good thing… Any help will be appreciated.

-Matt

Louise
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Hi,

I had acupuncture for balancing the body about a month ago.

Now, when I was on my period the other day I got stomach cramps as well as a weird crampy sensation in my left leg where some of the needles were. I am not happy about this because for the past 6 months I have been “period pain” free.

Further, I was standing out in the cold weather for about 10mins without a coat and have now developed a pain in my left wrist (again, where the needles were).

What is going on??

Priscilla
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Thank you for this explanation of rare side effects. I’ve had acupuncture many times before – always with excellent results and healing, but this time the needles hurt going in & coming out. I have bruising & soreness at the needles sites. I also feel as if I am getting worse. This is my second treatment and I was planning to call it quits, but decided to see the doctor for a third visit before I completely walk away. Her English is shaky, but we manage to communicate.

James
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I’ve had acupuncture on a number of occasions and have never had any problems, however on Monday afternoon I had acupuncture on my lower back for the first time due to persistent lower back and abdominal pain that I’ve been suffering from for about 8 weeks and on Monday evening my lower back pain was a lot worse and my stomach pain also. I was warned by the therapist that this can occur but usually passes after 24 hours……Well it is now Friday evening and I am still in agony. The pain is tight, sore, tender and muscular. It also seems to have spread a tad and is effecting the entire lower back and more of the stomach. Is this normal? I am starting to worry myself and wish I’d never had it performed!

Tony
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Just had my first acupuncture session for trigger thumb, although I was stuck other places. I have this serious relaxed feeling right now, like I sat in a hot tub. for 30 minutes. Trigger thumb is still stuck, but I will go for a few more sessions.

Natasha
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Bad first experience. I had some leg numbness (no pain), but only during running. Was told it was a nerve compression issue and went in to see a chiropractor (that I trust) and she recommended “dry needling”. I had never had acupuncture before and I was nervous, but excited. The next morning, I had lower back and hip pain. Two days later, I could not stand up straight and could barely walk more than 10 ft. Excruciating pain from my lower back and all the way down one of my legs, even while sitting or laying down. It’s been 6 days and the pain is significantly better, but it’s still there. I cannot walk very far, much less run.

Is this a freak thing?

Unless there’s a huge payoff in the end, I am REALLY regretting having this done. Wish I would have found an alternative to dealing with the nerve compression (via PT or something).

nicki
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I have been going to acupuncture for 5 sessions primarily for my lower back. The day after the last session I vomited and had a fever and migraine symptoms. Two days after I felt nausea and dizziness. Could this be related to the acupuncture starting to move things along or a result of an incompetent acupuncturist or not related at all? Thx.

Tammy
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Accupuncture has worked well for me for things like back pain and plantar fasciitis. However I have also found that it can stir things up to a point where it causes me extreme stress and is counterproductive. The thing that is most concerning to me is that a lot of therapists deny that it can have these kind of side effects. I was having some treatments for insomnia and low energy. The first 2 treatments caused the insomnia to worsen but seemed to have a positive impact on energy. I would describe the 3rd treatment as traumatic. It produced extreme insomnia, and I was irritable and emotional. I had this horrible feeling in my chest it felt as though I had been thrust into some sort of bad frequency that I couldn’t turn off. Now that I am reading that accupunture can produce many unpleasant side effects, I am outraged that the risks were not disclosed prior to my treatment. Not only so that I wouldn’t be alarmed but also so that I could make informed decisions as to the timing of treatments. The therapist simply said that my reaction was not typical. These side effects are going away but they have caused so much stress they seem to have undone some of the benefits of prior sessions.

Emily
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Hi,

I had accupunture today in my knee. My accupuncturist said my knee was a little swollen before she started with the needles. All fine during the needles, very calm, heaviness to foot though. Have ben home for 11 hours and my husband said my leg looks swollen as does my knee… is this right? My calf is also tight.
I am also finishing my course of Erythromycin antibiotics.

Please advise.

Emily.

James t
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I have had chronic lower back pain for the last 10 years. I had back surgery around 4 years ago. To make a long story short, I have been living with pain this entire time. Surgery did not help. I had a bad pain week and hurt my back again by lifting some heavy asphalt bags. That was yesterday. Yesterday afternoon I went in for my first ever acupuncture and cupping treatment. The acupuncture was fine, very little pain, the cupping on the other hand was very painful. He did the wet cupping, where he jabs a bunch of needled across 3 seperate areas of my back, the puts the cups on to remove the bad blood. He did that 3 times. When I left I felt like my back pain had decreased, but that only lasted a couple of hours. Since then I have been experiencing worse and worse muscle spasms. I couldn’t go to work today due to the severe pain and now I’m up at 2:30 am, having just experienced the worst muscle spasms and pain of my life. I almost called an ambulance the pain is so severe. I can barely walk and I am still contemplating on going to the hospital. I was not in this much pain after back surgery. Is this normal? I know he said it could get worse beford if gets better, but I am miserable. If you have severe lower back pain, be careful. I’m not sure if if was the cupping or the acupuncture, but my back and stomach have been spasming do bad , I thought maybe my appendix was going to burst.

Sara
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Hi James,

It’s impossible for me to know what’s going on without seeing you, but if you’re truly experiencing the worst pain of your life, I would recommend going to the emergency room. There could be something more serious than a muscle spasm going on—possibly related to your cupping treatment, possibly not. Either way, better to be safe. Wishing you all the best.

Sara

Wally
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I have had two sessions on my lower back for a pinched nerve the sessions were very relaxing, and no pain or burning from the needles. My problem now is my hands wont stop shaking, and I did not have this before. Is this a side effect from the acupuncture? And has any one else experienced this?

Terry
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I had acupuncture on my shoulder for the first time last night and today my shoulder feels sore. I also feel tired today even though I thought I had a good sleep. Is this normal. During the acupuncture one needle near my armpit was aching and that same aching is happening today. Is that normal ?
Thanks

Elizabeth
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I had my first acupuncture today it got rid of the headache I was getting. But I had two or three minutes of heart palpitations while the needles were in. I will look into this further before I try anymore treatments.

Liv kudas
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Hey,my names liv I’m 15 and I’ve done this for a while. I have a lot of issues with my body from my neck, legs, hips almost everything. I did acupuncture and it helps but I’ve noticed that when I go a few months without it all the pains come back. And being young still I shouldn’t have all these issues but they are from over developed muscles from training in sports at a younger age.

emily
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I went to TCM for fibromyalgia and got acupressure massage and acupuncture.
The “acupressure” massage was for them to find the trigger points and it was EXCRUTIATING. Then they put the needles in. I fet lightheaded afterwards and restless and couldn’t sleepy and in a lot pain but to me it feels the pain is from the massage not the needles. Anyways I called the acupuncturiste and he said “pain is good it means it’s working”. It’s been 2 days an I still hurt. I told him I am too sensitive and will not be able to continue the treatment.
My important question: how long do side effects of acupressure massage and acupuncture last?
I’ve been staying home resting.

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