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My allergies can go suck it!

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What I think I look like versus what I actually look like

Hands up if you suffer from hay-fever/allergies? *puts both hands up, plus a foot* They suck! Over the years my allergies have got progressively worse and worse. When I was about 19 I got the first symptoms, you know a runny nose and a sneeze here and there every spring. Now it doesn’t matter what time of year it is I’ll sneeze like a bitch and have the worst sinus pain/headaches if there’s an over abundance of dust or pollen in the air. Thank god for nasal sprays.

I thought this was bad enough but a couple of years ago I was flying to Sydney for work and upon descent it felt like I was having a stroke. My face felt like it was being split in two, with a searing white hot pain. I didn’t know what was happening and I panicked. The pain behind my sinus’ was so intense I couldn’t breathe properly and I started to cry as I held my face from falling apart. Once we landed the intense pain magically disappeared and I was left with a slight lingering headache. I couldn’t figure out what had caused the episode on the plane, until I was flying home the next day, but this time around I’d remembered to use my nasal spray in the morning. No pain at all this time. What the? On and off this would happen each time I flew, every time the plane went into descent my sinus’ would flair up and cause me grief unless my allergies were doing OK or I’d used a nasal spray that day.

I forgot about all this until my recent trip to Port Douglas where once again my sinus’ flared up and I was clutching my face for dear life. WHY, GOD, WHY?! Chatting to my naturopath upon my return she was super interested to know more about my sinus trouble and we’ve since delved quite deeply into the issue. I won’t bore you with the details, but she seems to think all my gut problems are linked to my sinus troubles, yay me! I told her my main concern was my upcoming trip to the US where I’ll be flying a lot (six internal flights in fact) and I didn’t want to have to deal with all that pain. She totally agreed and mentioned that I should see my acupuncturist about it before I head off. Now why hadn’t I thought of that?

I’ve been seeing an acupuncturist for years for so many different issues; back and neck pain, headaches, my tummy problems and stress but I’ve never thought to see him about my allergies. At first I was a little scared to have the needles inserted directly into my face. Even though I’ve had them inserted all over my body it was still a little daunting having them in my face. I’m not sure how I’d deal with botox! I was worried I’d end up looking like ol’ Pinhead up the top, but it was only 3 or 4 needles that were placed in my face, and then a scattering in different points on my hands, feet and legs.

My favourite part about having acupuncture done is once the needles are inserted they then get spun around until a slight (or sometimes a HUGE) tingle takes place in the meridian. I’ve actually yelped out in surprise sometimes as an electrical pulse has run down my leg. It’s the oddest sensation, yet very calming once it’s happened. Then you’re left for 20-30 minutes for the needles to do their magic. Now I’m not sure if it’s this quiet, almost meditative time that actually makes me calm or the needles themselves, but after a session I’m left feeling a little buzz, like I’ve had a glass of wine.

I know a lot of people think of acupuncture as a pseudo-science and a bunch of bullshit, but I think if it works for you, whether it’s a placebo or not, then go for it. If the Chinese have been using it for thousands of years to restore their Qi then it’s good enough for me! Fingers crossed the two sessions I’ve had do the trick and I don’t have any major pain on my flights, but just to be sure I’m bringing some nasal spray on-board and if that fails a quick glass or three of champers will be needed, for medicinal purposes, obvs!

Have you ever had acupuncture done? Did it work for you? What do you think about alternative therapies in general? Remind me to tell you the story about the time I had pranic healing done, that was weird!

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  1. I’m really interested in accupuncture but never tried it myself. I have crohn’s and it too seems to have made my allergies worse this summer which is interesting. Mine is mainly skin rashes so not sure if it is insect bites or pollen!

    • Oh it may definitely work for you. I have IBS and now it’s thought to be leaky gut syndrome, so I combine all my alternative therapies and they all seem to work in harmony 🙂 It’s worth a try!

  2. Yikes girl I have allergies not as bad as you but I would so not want to be human pin cushion!! I hope it helps you though because you need to have a great time here in the States!! (which im sure you will!) But just maybe it will be so bad and then you wont want to go back home and you can stay here and be my neighbor!! YAY!! =) HAHAHAHAHA

    • Hahahaha it really isn’t as bad as it looks! The needs are the width of human hair so they don’t hurt going in at all. 🙂
      Well if Def Leppard let me onto the tour bus I will definitely stay around LOL! 😛

  3. I’ve wanted to try acupuncture to relieve/cure my hay-fever, because it seems that my hayfever gets worse and worse every passing year. If it’s worked for you, I think I might need to finally take the plunge

    • Oh I hear you! I’ll try anything to get rid of these allergies! I’m happy to report back that I flew over the weekend and my sinus’ seemed to hold up just fine.
      Good luck and let me know how you go 🙂 x

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