Finally, headache relief!
Acupuncture really works for sinus sufferer
Over the past 5 years, Diana Troeller's horrible sinus headaches had gotten so bad that she was going through a bottle of aspirin every week without experiencing significant pain relief.
"I literally lived on Excedrin and antibiotics," says the 44-year-old woman who started getting frequent headaches from sinus congestion and inflammation (sinusitis) at the age of 28. "It runs in my family," she explains. "When I get one – and they come with any change in weather having to do with temperature, wind or humidity – I don't get a runny nose with the congestion. It all just builds inside until my head feels like it's going to explode. My teeth hurt. My cheeks swell. My right eye hurts..."
Diana and her physicians tried a lot of things to resolve the headaches including sinus surgery, medications, ice packs and heat packs. She's had X-rays, CT scans, allergy testing and other diagnostic techniques to get to the root of the problem but nothing ever seemed to really make a difference... until last fall.
"Our health insurance plan added acupuncture as a benefit and my husband kept encouraging me to give it a try," she recalls. "I resisted the idea until one day I was in so much pain and my husband felt so bad for me. I asked him to go to the computer and try to find an acupuncturist in our area. That's how I came upon Bo Kui Feng, LAc at the Aurora Health Center in Waukesha. It changed my life."
A licensed acupuncturist who brings years of experience to his specialty from China, Bo Kui Feng initially put Diana on a weekly treatment regime involving the insertion of very fine needles at specific points of the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that the human body has more than 360 acupuncture points, he explains. These points connect with pathways called meridians. The meridians conduct energy called "Qi" (pronounced "chee") from the surface of the body to the organs, glands and tissues. It is believed that when Qi is blocked or out of balance, the flow of blood is slow, says Bo Kui Feng. This can result in pain or illness – in Diana's case, a sinus infection and/or headache. When acupuncture needles are inserted, Qi is allowed to move freely throughout the body to restore a balanced flow of energy and return to wellness.
"Bo Kui Feng would use the acupuncture needles on my face, hands, feet and legs," says Diana. "It was all actually very relaxing. By the end of each session, I would have a calm sensation that things were flowing more smoothly. If I had a headache when I went into his office, I could feel it breaking up on my way out."
After 4 sessions with Bo Kui Feng, Diana says she began to feel real hope for the first time in years. It's now been 14 months since she first started acupuncture, and Diana can't even remember the last time she bought a bottle of aspirin.
"When I went through all of last summer and didn't get 1 headache from the humidity, I just couldn't believe it," she says.
As a preschool teacher who's in charge of 8 one-year-olds, life without headaches is a whole lot nicer these days.
"I love my job," says Diana, "but the headaches were so draining. They wore me down more than the kids. With the success of my treatment, I now have so much more energy and look forward to every day. It's wonderful."
Diana continues to see Bo Kui Feng around once a month for headache prevention and considers the visits essential to her health and well being.
"I don't know what I would do without him," says Diana. "He has been a miracle for me."