For weeks, even months now I’ve had what I believed it to be a pinched nerve in my left shoulder, stretching all the way into my hand. It has been very uncomfortable in a mild sense and very painful on most days. There has been tingling and numbness, a burning, stabbing pain and the loss of all feeling in my fingertips. At first I thought I was having a stroke or heart attack, but massaging my tensed muscles around my shoulders and neck always seemed to bring a little relief and made things better. At least temporarily.
During my follow up visit with my specialist back in June, she prescribed a muscle relaxer for me. Hard to believe that I have been dealing with this for over two months now. Needless to say, besides getting drowsy, the muscle relaxer did not help in any way. Just yesterday I thought to myself that I wouldn’t be all that bad with the RA, wouldn’t it be for that one trouble spot in my left hand. I had noticed that my pinky and Ringfinger had more feelings in them but the other three still tingled and burned. I thought it might also had something to with my hiking accident many years ago when I dislocated my left elbow.
I started to stretch my arm twisting it back and forth from left to right and I could feel the stretch on the muscle, even the veins and arteries. For days I had noticed that if I hold the three tingling fingers in my other hand and supplied gentle pressure, the discomfort eased up and became more tolerable. I tried my copper Arthritis gloves but felt the burning increase and had to take them off.
I have never heard of acupressure before and don’t ask me where I know how to apply the exact technique shown in the above picture. But I did, twice last night. I felt a significant difference and even slept better. It is not gone a 100% but has gotten considerably more tolerant and I plan a couple more treatments for myself. Curious, I started my own research this morning and found the benefits of acupressure. Although there hasn’t been enough research or conclusive evidence of how and if it works, it is used to treat blocked energy. Improving the flow of energy, acupressure is said to help with a range of conditions including muscle pain. Why am I not surprised!!! No ordinary moments…ever.
According to the principles of TCM, invisible pathways of energy called meridians flow within the body and I have heard of those before. At least 14 meridians are thought to connect the organs with other parts of the body. Acupressure points lie along those meridians. If qi (Life force) is blocked at any point on a meridian, it is thought to cause health problems along that pathway. It is also used for stress management and a number of other conditions such as nausea, headache, chemo related issues and insomnia. Once again I believe that blocked energy has been at the root of my problem and once again western medicine and myself are becoming my own healers. Tonight with the full moon I hope to release the remaining pain and some other things as I howl into the lit up night sky once more.