Hyperbaric Pressure Treatement, anyone heard of this?

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crohnspatient13
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   Posted 7/29/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi another thing I wanted to know about is if anyone has heard of this method of treatment. It's farfetched and usually used to treat divers with the "bends" but a second opinion doc said i should give it a try because I need to exhaust my options. It's pretty much just a few hours everyday for 30 days straight being in this MRI looking glass case getting pressurized oxygen. Anyone have any ideas/thoughts/experiences with this?
18 year old female- diagnosed with severe crohn's in December of 2004, only one mild remission since being diagnosed
have been treated with prednisone, 6mp, and remicade. now trying humira


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 7/29/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
No experience, but yes, I've heard about it and last I knew there was some speculation whether it might be of benefit for Crohn's disease. I don't know how far they went w/that theory, whether clinical trials were conducted or not.
 
Try a PubMed (MedLine) search on "hyperbaric pressure" and Crohn's"


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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 7/29/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah, i heard about this a few months ago. i heard that there was a very small study going on some where in the east coast of the US. i'd love to try it, but it is expensive and there arent a lot of facilities around.
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crohnspatient13
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   Posted 7/30/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah well i actually went today to get evaluated and if insurance will cover it (rare) then it will be all systems go for the next 40 days monday through friday for two hours a day. it's not conventional but i sure hope i could see some results. and if insurance doesnt cover it then the hospital who administers it said they would speak with their ethics committee about getting a low adjusted rate so we could afford it. they seemed amazing and really nice i hope everything works out because im running out of options. the only thing that is bad about it is that its a little over an hour from my house and i have to go every morning at 8 am for 40 days, and with gas so high that's gonna be expensive!
18 year old female- diagnosed with severe crohn's in December of 2004, only one mild remission since being diagnosed
have been treated with prednisone, 6mp, and remicade. now trying humira


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had this done for diving not for crohns. I wonder what exactly is the theory behind it. I can guess, but I would like to know what they say.
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crohnspatient13
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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
well there have been studies (few) but some studies done for patients with perianal disease and where my crohn's is concentrated in the last 6 inches of my colon (the sigmoid) and affects my rectum with sores and fissures/fistulas they are hoping that it will heal from the outside and up. they use this for divers like you said to help with the bends (D) but also for lots of patients with open wounds that need help healing like amputees and burn patients, and they are hoping it will really clear up a lot of the problem areas on my bum and work it;s way up those 6 inches, it will really help with the inflammation too (well it's supposed to)... so here's to hoping! but that's the general idea that the doc told me today
18 year old female- diagnosed with severe crohn's in December of 2004, only one mild remission since being diagnosed
have been treated with prednisone, 6mp, and remicade. now trying humira


Osprey101
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   Posted 7/30/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I did a quick PubMED search like CrohnieToo suggested (just "hyperbaric" and "Crohn's"), and a number of studies came up. Two of the later ones noted that there was some positive effect, but I don't have the full article to check their references- presumably they were referencing older studies. They were mainly interested in using it for ulcerative colitis and other problems.

The most pertinent one was from 1996, in Brasil (Hyperbaric oxygen: a new alternative in the treatment of perianal Crohn's disease), with no abstract available.

crohnspatient13
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   Posted 7/30/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for that info i'll try and look into it more
18 year old female- diagnosed with severe crohn's in December of 2004, only one mild remission since being diagnosed
have been treated with prednisone, 6mp, and remicade. now trying humira


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 7/30/2008 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck and God bless!!! I hope it works and works quickly for you!
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crohnspatient13
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   Posted 7/30/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks i'll keep everyone updated if my insurance approves it or if the board of ethics at the hospital cuts us a sweet deal
18 year old female- diagnosed with severe crohn's in December of 2004, only one mild remission since being diagnosed
have been treated with prednisone, 6mp, and remicade. now trying humira


broomhilda
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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Well at least it sounds like you have stumbled across a doctor who thinks outside the box. This can be a good thing as long as it's not to radical. I would assume since the cells and injured tissue around a wound site would not have good circulation that proper oxygen would not be getting through the wound so it could heal. Maybe this is the theory behind the chamber? At any rate....sounds a whole lot better than the eating worm therapy! Good Luck!
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