A Canadian expat that has been living abroad in Asia since 2003, Carrie moved from China to Taiwan in 2006 to teach English as a Second Language. Today, she and her husband are co-owners of Reach To Teach Recruiting . Carrie also works as a freelance travel writer and photographer, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on Google+ or on Twitter @globetrotteri.

6 responses to “Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (My Story)”

  1. Milan

    Hi,
    You seem to be one hell of a fighter to fly across the ocean to treat for AS. And how have you been lately? Are you still treating with accupunture and TENS unit?

    Let me introduce myself. I have been diagonised as RA and AS back in 1997 and was treated with N-SAID and steoroids. That time I was advised for TCM by my fellow friends and this practice obviously new in my country (Nepal), I had a go as advised but didn’t went well. May be that could have been at the increasing moments of pain.
    Then, I tried ayurvedeic treatment, homeopathy, shammans; and worshiped deities as that could have or may obstructed the path of recovery. But it all went for nothing. The inflammation would derive pain and it would be no ordinary as you have experienced yourself.
    Now, tired of taking medicine and abusing body with its side effects, I have decided to give it a go for TCM and your article really inspired me. Like yours, my treatment is arranged and corroleted wtih panchakarma(part of yoga) along with ayurvedic herbal medicines, and the first three weeks were progressive and pain and inflammation were reduced to nearly one -third.
    But, as the physios were introduced, in fourth week, my pain and inflammation level rose (not back to square) but enough to restrict my mobility. Currently, I am in six week, after stopping physios throughout week five, my pain is as in week three.
    The therapist are urging me to start doing physios to manageble state but I am in dual mind as I will have to bear the pain and if not when and how will I get better as to have my mobility. I know, I won;t be as good as I used too, but moderate mobility for walking without cruches and support is all I expect.
    My TCM doctor has suggested as by yours saying it will take prolong treatment.and it has been five weeks already. I wonder how many more weeks may it take? As you have been advised for steroids, what are your drugs taking prescribtion? or have you dropped all of them after your TCM regime? Please, adivise me If you could.
    Thanking you
    Milan

  2. Lisa

    Carrie I had no idea you were dealing with an autoimmune disease! For the past year I’ve had misdiagnoses that led to what one doctor here believed was autoimmune and incurable. It’s been chronic pain and inflammation HELL. This “mystery illness” is the main reason I didn’t travel over my winter break (*heartbreaking*). I was actually going through a rough bout of it while I was in Taipei but I pushed through anyway. It wasn’t the greatest holiday. Anyway, it turns out my doctor had it all wrong and I’m dealing with something that’s definitely curable. However, since I went almost an entire year treating the wrong thing, it’s going to take time. I never thought I’d be dealing with a chronic pain condition at 28/29 years old. It’s horrible when you look healthy on the outside but are really suffering. (Also, I’ve been doing acupuncture weekly and it helps. LOVE that it’s so cheap here!!)

  3. Shantelle

    My husband was diagnosed with AS after 3years of pain. Chiropractic, massage, NSAIDs, acupuncture, exercise, and even narcotic pain killers gave him temporary relief. This week I learned about another therapy. Honey bee venom. Seems crazy but sting yourself with honey bees. Their venom has different properties than other bees. A friend of mine met an 80 year old man who was diagnosed with early onset RA and became wheelchair bound. Honey bees set him free and my friend knew him as an avid, active gardener and beekeeper who stung himself once a day. We have only just begun with my husband, but last night I had to almost carry him up our stairs and today his left SI joint was pain free after working through his morning stiffness. It is worth looking into. I wish you the best of luck!

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