We haven't contacted the company yet to find out the specifics because my
daughter needs to talk to her prof to find out if she can take time away from her
research job. It is going to be quite a time commitment. Her doctor told her it will take
anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks, 5 or 6 times a week for 1.5 hours each session at a cost
of $75 a session. Insurance usually doesn't cover it.
The name of the company is http://h3oxygentherapy.com/ They have six locations in
Washington state and one in Denver and Phoenix. We would have to travel to Seattle
and because the traffic is so congested, we would probably have to allow 2 hours one way.
Looking at the website, we are considering renting a chamber to use at home if she
starts it and it looks like it may be helping, rather than travel to Seattle every day. The
company rents and sells hyperbaric chambers. I have no idea what that cost would be.
Conquer UC - I don't know what they meant when they said "the risk of bias across
studies was high". I quoted that from the results section of the pubmed paper. When I
get a chance I would like to read the whole thing and find out if it is explained.
London Lurker - that article you posted is interesting. I'm not sure what qualifies
as a "severe attack of ulcerative colitis". Not sure that that describes my daughter's
Gary- yes, this is the first gi doctor she has gone to who tried to find alternatives to the
drugs. I remember her first appt with him, he said he could easily prescribe any of the
drugs used to treat ibd, but none of the them work very well. That was so refreshing
to hear a doctor admit that. He has suggested a number of things for her to try:
diet changes, probiotics, fermented foods, medical marijuana, etc., in addition to some
of the drugs.
If nothing else, we hope this will heal her fissures that she's suffered with for a year and
a half becuase HBOT is used for wound healing. I did also find this interesting discussion on
a different forum http://www.crohnsforum.com/showthread.php?t=17605
I will keep you posted on the results.