Tuesday, July 21, 2009

While I was in Florida last month, in a quest to control some back pain I was having, I went to an acupuncturist for the first time. I figured that while I was at it, I may as well use it as a opportunity to go off the medication I was taking for the prevention of migraines that was a)very expensive, b)causing me memory loss, and c)causing my hair to fall out (!!!). It's sad to say that "c" bothered me more than both "a" and "b" put together. Vain, I know. I thought that I could use the benefits of acupuncture to taper off this medicine and hopefully not get the dreaded auras and floaters that can become a daily occurrence without it.

For the most part, I think it helped, though by the time I got back to Dublin I was over a week without the acupuncture and got a migraine 4 days in a row. If you know what this is like, you feel sorry for me. If you don't, well, you should. So I looked on the Acupuncture Foundation's website and found someone close to me. I made the appointment for last Friday.

Holy moly was she great! I liked the acupuncturist I saw in Florida, but in all honesty, this new acupuncturist here in Dublin blew her out of the water. First, she spent well over an hour asking me about my history and symptoms. Then she gave me the needle treatment (which didn't hurt a bit), and then when it was done she put these little seed things on my ears to press on to keep headaches at bay. And not only that, but when I mentioned that I was out of work, she knocked a few euro off her rates. And guess what? I haven't had a migraine since. I'm going back tomorrow for maintenance, and I am so thankful that I found someone this good.

So if any of my Dublin readers are considering acupuncture, I recommend Stephanie at Fairview Acupuncture.


  1. Totally with you on this one. My dream doctor has a Western MD degree and years and years of training in various non-Western medicines. I had one of those in Maine, but no more. Ruth goes to this place and says they're great, I think I may have to check them out too:
    A chiropractor cured a 3 or 4-year bout of tension headaches for me once! That was amazing and instant.

  2. I have a friend who may be your dream doctor. But she practices in Seattle :(

    I also went to a chiropractor in Florida, and I'd like to see one here, too. But at the moment I can't even really afford the acupuncture...

  3. Hi, I just found your blog by searching for expat blogs. Love reading about your daily life.


  4. Thank you very much! That's kind of you to say. I appreciate the comment.