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ITP and Cupping

  • ytsejam02
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  • 44 y/o male, married father of 3 girls. Diagnosed 4/24/17 with a count of 22. Currently taking 50mg Promacta. I primarily follow a Paleo diet. I'm an active Crossfit member and biker.
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9 months 5 days ago #73365 by ytsejam02
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Hi All,
It's been a while since I posted on here, but eventually experienced something I thought I'd see if anyone had any input on.
I recently injured the back of my shoulder.  I'm attempting to resolve the issue using physical therapy.  At the moment, they think it's tendonitis (don't have any imaging yet).  Anyway, one of the things they did was to perform cupping on me, and of course I mentioned I have ITP, so odds are that's going to leave some colorful circles. I've been lucky enough to not run into too many issues with bruising/bleeding with my ITP (been on Promacta 6+ years).
My question is, has anyone here done cupping?  I'm assuming I'll just have some more bruising than normal, but is there any other reason(s) I should be concerned?  
Thanks for any input! :-)
Jay

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9 months 4 days ago #73366 by MelA
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Jay I have no idea if you should have reasons to be concerned - what was your last count?
I have used acupuncture in the past and loved it & never checked my count before going in, haven't been for a while though - she did use cupping a couple times too but to be honest I can't recall how long the "reddish circles" lasted.   Why not try acupuncture, it is not a quick process, must give it time - the acupuncturist will go over your shoulder history with you and go from there, might be just the needles and no cupping or could be both.   I was very fortunate to find a fantastic acupuncturist who was also an RN - if she didn't think acupuncture would help shed say so.

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  • ytsejam02
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  • 44 y/o male, married father of 3 girls. Diagnosed 4/24/17 with a count of 22. Currently taking 50mg Promacta. I primarily follow a Paleo diet. I'm an active Crossfit member and biker.
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9 months 4 days ago #73367 by ytsejam02
Replied by ytsejam02 on topic ITP and Cupping
I don't get counts too often at this point, but I believe it was about 120 4 months ago.
I used acupuncture about 10 years ago (before I had ITP) for sinus issues, I enjoyed it. Seemed to help.  The therapy place I go to doesn't do acupuncture, and I certainly could go find a place to add acupuncture.  
They are going to do something called "dry needling," which is similar to acupuncture, only the needed goes deeper, and there's no taking into account meridians and all the other things acupuncture takes into account.  To my understanding the goal of dry needling is to cause intramuscular stimulation.  
My next session is Friday.  The cupping marks are fading veeerrry slowly!  It doesn't bother me, it is what it is.  They don't hurt or anything.
I'm just kind of starting the process to heal my shoulder, since resting only seemed to do so much.  I'm open to pretty much anything, just primarily trying to heal and avoid surgery.

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