• 8 months ago

    Dry needling for fibromyalgia

    I am wondering if anybody with fibromyalgia has experience with the dry needling treatment. My doctor uses acupuncture needles, and inserts them into trigger points, then moves the needle around. It is painful momentarily, but I seem to have had quite a bit of success after 3 treatments. I have concurrently been going to physical therapy to treat general neck pain, and shoulder/scapula pain (both sides) along with a rotator cuff injury. We don't know how much of my issue is due to neck arthritis (just had fusion surgery about six months ago) and the rotator cuff tear. However the neck/trapezoid pain has been around many years and I've always related it to the fibro. As with all of us, it is tricky figuring out the source of our pain - fibro or other problem.


  • 7 months ago

    RE: Dry needling for fibromyalgia

    I have had 3 dry needling treatments myself and some improvement myself. I had extreme pain the 1st time and third time but next day was fine and within days less pain.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Dry needling for fibromyalgia

    I'd like to encourage you see an acupuncturist for needling of acupuncture/trigger points. Acupuncturists are trained for over 4 years specifically in needling, and have the largest understanding of how this process works. If you'd like to learn more about this, visit www.lindsaywaxleracupuncture.com
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Dry needling for fibromyalgia

    I've also had dry needling over the top half of my back with some success. For me, dry needling seems to work best in conjunction with massage therapy and chiropractic. My chiropractor is also licensed to practice dry needling, so he's well aware of the usual locations of my worst trigger points. It took 2 or 3 months plus an extended trip out of town for me to realize how much dry needling was helping. The 10-hour car ride usually leaves me hurting, but I didn't feel too bad that time. Then there were severe storms in the area for several days, which would usually cause me bodily pain and migraines. Others with arthritis were really hurting, but I didn't feel too bad. This occurred during a very stressful time, aside from there being a death in the family. Unfortunately, I've had to discontinue all therapies due to my husband being unemployed for several months. I would definitely encourage those who have myofascial trigger points ("knots" in the muscles) to try dry needling.