Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease is a tick-borne illness that affects thousands of people in the U.S. While it is not fatal, Lyme Disease causes symptoms such as fever, headaches, joint pain, muscle soreness and fatigue. If left undiagnosed and untreated, chronic Lyme Disease can cause more serious health issues such as dysfunction of the immune and nervous systems, cognitive disorders (confusion and memory loss), cardiac problems and inflammation of the brain or spinal cord.
The first sign is often a painless bull's-eye rash near or where the tick bite occurred. Early accurate detection and treatment are key to help decrease the likelihood that more serious symptoms will occur.
Recent Study Shows HBOT to be an Effective Lyme Disease Treatment:
The usual first course of action after detection of Lyme disease is a course of antibiotics. And the medical community has also studied treatment through hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). During HBOT sessions, the body is flooded with oxygen at higher than normal pressure. This flood of oxygen helps promote healing, restore many functions within the body and provides a boost to the immune system. Dr. William Fife and Dr. Donald Freeman of Texas A&M University conducted a study in which HBOT was administered to 40 Lyme disease patients. Some patients continued their antibiotic treatments; others received HBOT as the only treatment. Patients experienced improvements in their overall health and most were able to eliminate medications altogether.
It is important to note that all patients who received HBOT experienced the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, which also often appears with aggressive antibiotic therapy. This reaction is a passing but sudden high fever that results as the bacteria that cause Lyme disease die. But after the reaction has passed, patients who receive HBOT experience pain relief, a boost in energy level, improved cognitive functioning and normalized functioning of the glands and organs.To help you discover what Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can do for you, for a limited time, Dr. Spiegel will provide a free assessment to determine if you would benefit from this treatment. To schedule a hyperbaric oxygen therapy consultation to discuss how this treatment can help you, give our office a call.
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