I recently suffered from a particularly nasty bladder infection, and having been so busy recently I've not really had the time to recover fully. I decided to book myself in for some acupuncture, so today I'm talking about how that helped my bladder problems.
Well, this blog seems to have caused a lot of feedback from our website and I have had numerous emails from ladies suffering the same fate as me!
My bladder infection was, I think, a follow on to my fatigue so I have had to work really hard to get myself back into balance.
As women in the menopause we are all guilty of trying to do too much and pleasing everyone, and thus we often forget about ourselves and our needs and this can then result in us getting more and/or worse menopause symptoms. So, I did say in the ‘catch up with you blog post’ that I was going to do a month’s detox and take care of myself better. Did I manage it?
Yes and no! I did my month of really healthy eating and no alcohol and I definitely feel better for it now, but life has a big habit of overtaking us and my work and family life have been even busier than usual so my rest and relaxation has been sporadic to say the least – hence, I think, my bladder problem taking so long to get better. So I decided that I needed a bit of help.
I have been seeing her for a number of years and have found that acupuncture works very well for me. The wonderful thing about complementary therapies is that the practitioner gives you time to talk about all your problems and how you feel as well as your actual symptoms.
Did it help?
I had a lovely 1 hour session, my kidneys and bladder got a bit of TLC and my nervous system got calmed down. And I was told to follow my own advice as in realising that it is important to learn to slow down and not run round like a headless chicken all the time. (I know how very difficult this one is but sometimes we have to be told by someone else!)
I am now sleeping better and feel a lot calmer. My bladder, which was still a bit weak – I was running to the loo more than usual – is just about back to normal: hooray!
However, I am going to have a treatment plan from Alex so will be having more sessions for a few weeks. I will let you know how I get on.
You won’t get the menopause the minute you turn 50! The average starting age is actually between 45 and 55 and it can often depend on a number of factors including hereditary, weight and health, however every single woman will have an individual menopause.