Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is a recognized treatment for deep-sea divers experiencing decompression sickness (The Bends); for carbon monoxide poisoning; and for some soft-tissue wounds. The technique involves breathing oxygen via a mask in a pressurised single- or multi-person hyperbaric chamber. In the UK today, many MS national therapy centres have hyperbaric chambers because of the anecdotal evidence that HBO can help the symptoms of MS. These centres often welcome patients with other diseases too, and many people with ME have taken up this opportunity to try HBO at very reasonable cost.
Women who suffer from fibromyalgia benefit from a treatment regimen in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, according to researchers at Rice University and institutes in Israel.
A clinical trial involving women diagnosed with fibromyalgia showed the painful condition improved in every one of the 48 who completed two months of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Brain scans of the women before and after treatment gave credence to the theory that abnormal conditions in pain-related areas of the brain may be responsible for the syndrome.Eshel Ben-Jacob
Results of the study appear in the open-access journal PLOS One.
If you or someone you know struggles with Fibromyalgia, then you know that it feels like you are opening a whole can of worms into the unknown when you are first diagnosed.
First of all, Fibromyalgia is extremely hard to diagnose. Once you are diagnosed with this chronic pain syndrome, it can be difficult to figure out what caused it and how to treat it.
1 in 70 people (mostly women) in the U.S. have fibromyalgia. Researchers have seen trends in the disorder that lead them to believe that neurological infection, severe emotional stress, or a head trauma may be what originally triggered the issue.
Fibromyalgia often presents itself as musculoskeletal pain, memory loss, mood swings and fatigue. Because it is often misdiagnosed, people with fibromyalgia will sometimes suffer for months or even years before knowing what is going on.
Traditional medicine has found very little in the way of effective long-term treatments and that is why it is very exciting to announce that hyperbaric oxygen treatment has made a major breakthrough.
A recent article written by Tel Aviv University researchers and published in PLOS ONE may have just found the answer we have been looking for when it comes to treating chronic pain. They found that women that tried the hyperbaric oxygen treatment were able to drastically reduce or completely eliminate their use of pain medication.
If you or someone you know suffers from fibromyalgia, this news is almost too good to be true. Imagine a life without pain meds, without the constant struggle, side-effects and frustration that comes from needing these pills just to function.
Researchers from many different universities teamed up for this monumental study. They believe that they have found the primary factor that causes fibromyalgia, which is a disruption of the brain mechanism that processes pain.
“As a physician, the most important finding for me is that 70 percent of the patients could recover from their fibromyalgia symptoms,” said Dr. Efrati. “The most exciting finding for the world of research, however, is that we were able to map the malfunctioning brain regions responsible for the syndrome.”