A fellow MSer on Twitter posted a tweet to say she going for oxygen therapy, this piqued my interest so I enquired. She pointed me to the MS Society HBO page. This gives an overview of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and the ailments it can have a positive influence over. It has long been apparent to me that oxygenating the MS brain can reduce the number and severity of symptoms.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)
I have long been aware of the need to keep the brain oxygenated, crazy considering I smoke.
Sildenafil improves Blood Flow
I had begun investigating this when I came across the Mouse Model of MS where mice were shown to respond to sildenafil (viagra) after being exposed to the mouse equivalent of Multiple Sclerosos. I figured I could be the mouse (guinea pig) and try this for myself. My GP was willing to prescribe sildenafil for erectile dysfunction which I have. I explained my theory and intended experiment. She suddenly became very hard of hearing as she could not, professionally, condone my action. However she did quietly request I told her of the outcome of my experiment.
Angioplasty to Widen the Blood Vessels
On a similar theme, my mother, who also has MS, maintains a diet low in animal fats as she believes these animal fats are clogging her arteries restricting the flow of blood to the brain. She was all in favour of me undergoing surgery to widen my arteries as she had read this would help. The surgey known as Angioplasty seemed a little to radical for my liking when I felt I could achieve the same result with sildenafil.
Diet to allow Self-Healing
Since that time I have discovered The Wahls Protocol which among many other health benefits, claims to clear arteries and improve blood flow naturally. This is the option I am currently pursuing with, I have to say, great results so far.
A good friend of mine, with PPMS, was recently given an oxygen mask to try and alleviate sleep apnoea. This is a condition I share with him. The oxygen mask did help alleviate his sleep apnoea. However he also reported a sudden improvement with his other MS symptoms.
Oxygenating the MS Brain
Clearly, there are a number of ways of oxygenating the brain. And I am convinced these are all possible ways of improving an MSers life. On its own it is unlikely to make a significant difference. But, as part of your overall MS management it may be an important factor.
I would not suggest that taking Viagra or visiting your local hyperbaric unit is going to solve all your MS problems. As part of your disease control management, it can play a useful part.
The more I learn about multiple sclerosis, the more I realise what a complicated organism the human body is. Fuelling an energy hungry body is absolutely vital. Fuelling your body well is the part of your multiple sclerosis management strategies that can have the greatest benefit.