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Stari
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   Posted 5/24/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
The doctor I see for fibro wants me to walk on a treadmill for 20 minutes a day breathing oxygen from an oxygen tank.  Has anyone tried this or heard of this as a treatment for fibro?
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/25/2009 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Stari,
I had not heard of the oxygen treatment but it sounds intriguing. Oxygen is one of the keys to our pain process. I did some online research and found some references to this treatment coupled with exercise as well as delivered in a hyperbaric chamber while resting. If the treatment the doctor recommends is relatively inexpensive I would give it a try. The results will only be temporary because your body will metabolize the oxygen and return to it's former state as you use up the oxygen. It also does not address the problems we have finishing the Kreb's Cycle in the production of energy and the lack of Malic Acid in our mitochondria.

If the treatment can be self administered at home this might help you with pain & fatigue. If this will be something that you must do daily in his office, similar to chiropractic "adjustments" it could get costly. I would discuss this further with your doctor and ask his rationale for the treatments. This is a palliative treatment which will treat the symptoms of fibro without fixing the underlying cause. Even so, if it grants you relief and you can afford it, I'd say, "Go for it!"
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Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 5/25/2009 8:48:51 AM (GMT-6)


Marlee2
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   Posted 5/25/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, if walking around with a little tank of oxygen on would help the pain and fatigue I would do it. I'd wear scubba gear if it would help. tongue
 
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CyndiO
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   Posted 5/25/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   

I did 15 treatments in a hyperbaric chamber back in January of this year. It seemed to help for a while. The first thing that I noticed was that I was sleeping better and had some pain relief. I am not sure if I am still doing better or not. It is one of those things that once you have a "new normal" you aren't sure if you are better than you were or if you have just gotten used to it. I know that probably doesn't make sense. I guess what I am trying to say is, if I could go back briefly to how I felt before the treatments and compare it to now, I could give a better answer. My doctor did say that one of her other patients that she sent for hyperbaric treatments had no pain afterwards except for some minor arthritis pain. I was not that lucky. And I don't know the other person's circumstances. I currently work full time and am on my feet a lot. I guess I used this long winded answer just to say that if it is financially doable for you- why not? It may give you some relief. My relief may have been short lived but it was worth it.

Best of luck to you,

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Stari
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   Posted 5/25/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the replies. Tomorrow I am going to check to see if the insurance will pay for it.. if it doesn't I won't do it.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/27/2009 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I wanna see Marlee in scuba gear! turn
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"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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