Thursday, June 17, 2010
I have wanted to try acupuncture since the moment I came to Korea. Since 8th grade I have suffered from horrible migraines and the past few years I have had a really hard time with my sinuses/allergies. I read acupuncture was great for these things. The best part is that my health insurance in Korea covers acupuncture. I had been putting it off until I got my insurance and could get someone to go with me the first time to translate.
One morning, I woke up with a little back pain. I went on with my day with no problem until it was time to go to bed. I couldn't even lay down in bed without crying...it hurt so bad! So after 2 hours of sleep, I went into work and one of my teachers looked up where I could go. Originally I wanted to see a chiropractor because it felt as if I had knocked a rib out of place and it was pressing against my lungs; therefore, making it hard to breathe. Chiropractors aren't very common in Korea...for these issues, Koreans go to a traditional hospital...or as my teachers call it, Chinese medicine.
They took some x-rays because they thought it may be a broken rib. When that wasn't the case, they thought it may be a slipped disk, but they needed an MRI for that. So I opted to try acupuncture and return to the hospital if the pain didn't go away. They put a few needles in my back and hooked it up to electricity. It felt nice once the electricity started...it sort of warmed/relaxed my body. Once it was done I was given A LOT of natural medicines and a pad on my back.