You asked WBF, but I'm the one with the family who has done both hard and soft chamber HBOT (I am rather unique because there are four of us in my family who have done HBOT, and I haven't met anybody else who has so many in the family who has done as much HBOT as we have). So, I can share our experience.
openly admit that I am not an expert - just very experienced in my family with this!!
I've seen varying accounts of HBOT responses. For my Kid#1, he had some increased irritability after a couple of weeks of hard chamber HBOT. However, not much else until about
a month after HBOT. Then, we noticed a huge improvement in his symptoms!
Kid#2 would be worse initially with home soft chamber HBOT. He had a much more difficult time handling it apparently.
Kid#3 doesn't seem to react much either way to hard or soft chambers (other than feeling better).
I, on the other hand, did several hard HBOT, and it triggered some serious heart issues. Therefore, I completely stopped (hard) HBOT. I do not react negatively to soft chamber HBOT and will continue using that in the future (I prefer soft chamber for me now).
I know somebody with neuro symptoms (dementia) who showed progress/benefit from his 40 rounds. I don't know how he is doing today though. I know somebody else who had severe neuro issues but didn't respond to HBOT like they had hoped (last I had heard).
I have also read that herxing is common around the 10 sessions mark, and that seems very close to where you are at! I know that you said that you thought that was strange, but from what I've read (albeit very little information out there), this is common! My HBOT technician said it greatly varies in his experience!
For hard chamber, some people do once per day (5x/week). Others have done it 2x per day for 5 days (10x/week). Honestly, we've done it both ways (prefer to do it 2x/day but our schedule wouldn't always allow that - eg kids in school, etc).
FWIW - we only did 1 hour at pressure (which is about
1 1/2 hours in the chamber when including compression/decompression times).
My initial thought it that the ATA and duration can vary for people. If you feel it's too much for you, you can take a break, reduce the ATA, and/or reduce the duration. If doing it 2x/day is too much, definitely go back to 1x/day. We have NOT done a strict schedule, as we did have to space it out if kids got a cold (too hard/uncomfortable to compress/decompress with a cold), our schedule, and various other reasons.
Definitely see what your HBOT technician thinks from his/her experience.
Keep us posted. And please let me know if you have more questions about
Thinking of you Hoagie!
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, but doing great now!
Kid#2: Still sick now despite being treated for years but doing better (not well yet).
Kid#3: Generally good but relapsing off/on.
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids)-not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue and yeast issues (heart/kidney issues resolved)
Treating with herbals now.
Post Edited (1000Daisies) : 4/25/2018 8:54:07 AM (GMT-6)