Wednesday, July 30, 2008
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY - PUTTING CRPS INTO REMISSION?
Well, it is still too early to tell what the end result will be but it sure has gotten a foot in the door.
As I mentioned with quite some excitement yesterday the burning in my hands went down to about a one last night. By the morning it went up a little to about a 1.5 or a 2. Still amazing. I am anticipating it will continue to fall. The left foot continues to be about an 8, the right foot has dropped to about a 5, the eyes are still very strong and my ears as well. But, considering I started out with burning almost everywhere, THAT AIN'T VERY MUCH :)
I have noticed that my allodynia hasn't gone down very much yet. Some of the past patients have mentioned they saw a big difference around the 30 to 35 treatment mark.
So before I get to your questions, here is mine for you.
For those of you who were helped by HBOT, did you have your allodynia decrease as well, and if so, when did that occur?
Also, I have only heard from four of you who had the varied depth treatment. Are there any others who had their HBO therapy changed after the 25 or so treatment? In other words, where they altered the depth, maybe day to day, going from shallow one day to deep the next? If so, what were the results?
Ok, now here are your questions.
Someone had written to me asking if it were possible for someone with a spinal column stimulator to have HBOT?
The answer is yes. As a matter of fact I have a link for an HBOT study that was done on patients who had SCS units.
Someone else asked, "Why does HBOT work?"
On the Hi-Tech Hyperbaric Medical Center website, it states;
"Nature has dictated that healing cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the body’s tissues. In many cases, such as those involving circulatory problems, Strokes, anoxic brain injury, and near drowning just to name a few, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and therefore the body’s natural healing process fails to function properly.Oxygen given with increased pressure can correct many serious health problems. To provide this increased pressure one must be within a pressurized room, a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber. Oxygen, given at normal atmospheric pressure is insufficient to raise tissue oxygen levels. The answer is to deliver oxygen with a slight increase in pressure with a chamber to raise the oxygen tension above the normal red blood cell saturation.
Also, it was asked whether you could continue your HBOT if you develop a col or the flu. This is best addressed by your HBO Doctor but the main problem here would be the inability to clear your ears. If you can't clear your ears you won't be able to descend.
Another question was "How do I know that my HBO Technician is properly trained?"
And someone asked for more testimonials besides the ones on Dr Spiegel's site and the Rapid Recovery Hyperbaric site. Here is yet one more site with more testimonials of various diseases treated with HBOT.
Lastly, if anyone is reading this who lives in the Tampa Bay/Palm Harbor area, or happens to be visiting the area, our local CRPS support group will be holding a pool party this Saturday, August 2nd, in Tampa Bay. It should be fun and we will be having a cook-out as well. C'mon over! I promise to try very hard to stay awake for the whole afternoon!
Take care guys, and remember, hug your caregiver tonight!