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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Chronic Fatigue

Multiple symptoms of a seemingly unrelated nature are often misdiagnosed as neurotic but can be caused by immune system dysfunction, which in turn can be caused or aggravated by increase in body contents of Candida albicans and other yeast and fungus organisms. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces levels of yeast and fungus in the body, thereby reducing stress on the immune system, can often bring lasting improvement to patients who have been unresponsive to other types of treatments. This type of illness is increasingly prevalent and usually goes unrecognized by mainstream Medicine.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) was first described in the 1930s and due to its definition by exclusion, its pathogenesis has been difficult to delineate. During the last few decades an increasing number of studies have started to unravel the pathogenesis of CFS. Currently the etiology is not known and no definite pathological abnormalities have been identified, therefore CFS is still called a syndrome and not a disease or group of diseases.

The immune system, wound healing, and vascular tone are all affected by oxygen supply. Oxygen alone has little direct antimicrobial effect, even for most anaerobes like Mycoplasma infections. It is, however, a crucial factor in immune function. Neutrophils require molecular oxygen as a substrate for microbial killing. The oxidative burst seen in neutrophils after phagocytosis of bacteria involves a 10 to I5-fold increase in oxygen consumption. Here oxygen serves as a substrate in the formation of free radicals, which directly or indirectly initiate phagocytic killing. This endogenous antimicrobial system virtually ceases functioning under conditions of hypoxia. In short, increasing the oxygen level in tissue using hyperbaric oxygen therapy can allow restoration of white blood cell function and thus the return of adequate antimicrobial action.

Patient Medical makes no claims as to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy efficacy for any indication, other than the thirteen indications approved by the FDA. Information within this site is provided for informational and educational purposes only. This information is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your personal physician or any other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Migraine/Cluster Headaches

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an extremely useful modality in the abortive management of migraine headaches. Research at the University of Pittsburgh published in the journal Headache found that 90% of migraine patients experienced almost complete relief of pain when treated acutely with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Cluster headaches are rare, extremely painful, and debilitating headaches that occur in groups or clusters. These headaches affect one side of the head (unilateral) and may involve tearing of the eyes and a stuffy nose. Unlike migraines, more men experience this type of headache than women. They can affect people of any age, but are most common between adolescence and middle age. No discernable pattern can be found among families in the development of cluster headaches. While no specific cause has been found for the disorder, it appears to be related to a sudden release of histamine or serotonin by the body tissue. The onset is sudden and most commonly happens during the dreaming (REM) phase of sleep. The headaches may occur daily for months, alternating with periods without the headaches (episodic), or they can recur for a year or more without stopping (chronic). A person may experience alternating chronic and episodic phases. Some people who experience cluster headaches are heavy smokers. Alcohol, glare, stress, or certain foods may trigger an attack.

The goal of treatment is to relieve the symptoms. Smoking, alcohol use, specific foods, and other factors that seem to trigger cluster headaches should be avoided. A headache diary may be helpful in identifying triggers. When a headache occurs, record the date and time it starts. In addition, list all activities, substances used, and food/drink consumed within the previous 24 hours, as well as any other factors that seem significant.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy seems to be useful in the treatment of cluster headaches, particularly for frequent headaches that occur at night. Side effects of mild ear and sinus pressure have been reported. Results show that 83% of the episodic cluster headache patients and 25% of the chronic ones responded to either of the two treatments with at least 50% reduction in the severity and number of attacks or remission for shorter or longer periods of time.

Patient Medical makes no claims as to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy efficacy for any indication, other than the thirteen indications approved by the FDA. Information within this site is provided for informational and educational purposes only. This information is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your personal physician or any other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be a challenge, as anyone who has it knows. RA is a chronic, systemic autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints, where it causes inflammation (arthritis) and can lead to the destruction of some organs, such as the lungs and skin. When the immune system attacks the body like it does in RA, it leads to symptoms from joint pain and stiffness to fatigue. Over time, the joints can become permanently damaged and disfigured. Without proper treatment, this kind of damage can lead to disability. New, targeted therapies in RA provide hope for people with this condition.

International studies are finding that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is markedly superior to the routine treatment of RA. In 1995, the Proceedings of the Eleventh International Congress on Hyperbaric Medicine published the results of one particular study.

These results indicated the effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen on the disease.

  • Remission 23.4%
  • Obvious effect 51.4%
  • Improvement 16.2%
  • No effect 8.1%

The total summarized effective rate of Hyperbaric Oxygen in treating RA was 91.9 percent. The authors of the study concluded: "In the treatment we find that Hyperbaric Oxygen is markedly superior to the routine treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Its advantages are as follows:

  • The repercussion of the joint is fast, the effect of analgesia is good;
  • The curative and obcious rate is high.

It has become a standard of practice in many countries. Clinical practice has proved that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has good effects on repercussion, analgesia lowering blood sedimentation, stabilizing immunologic function and strengthening the body resistance to eliminate pathogenic factors, and is beneficial to the repair of the diseased joints.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has actually been found to inhibit the development of the disease process. HBOT can suppress inflammation due either to immune factors of infections. Moreover, daily Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy suppresses the inflammatory response even if given when the disease is fully developed; however, the treatment of RA with hyperbaric oxygen therapy is more effective in the early stages of the disease.

Patient Medical makes no claims as to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy efficacy for any indication, other than the thirteen indications approved by the FDA. Information within this site is provided for informational and educational purposes only. This information is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your personal physician or any other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

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Article Last Updated: 08/26/2015