- muscle and joint pain
- flu-like symptoms
- memory and concentration problems
- sleep disorders
- inflammation of the heart muscles, leading to chest pain
- inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, leading to headaches, neck stiffness and increased sensitivity to light.
Normal Lyme disease is straightforward and generally treated with a course of antibiotics. However, some Lyme disease patients go on to develop long-term symptoms similar to those of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue/ME, even after they finish treatment. This is known as post-infectious Lyme disease or chronic Lyme disease. And just like those other conditions, it’s a bit of a medical mystery.
Most medical experts believe that the lingering symptoms are the consequence of residual damage to tissues and the immune system during the period of infection. But nobody knows for sure. In fact, some health experts believe it’s the result of persistent re-infection by Borrelia burgdorferi. Because no clear consensus on the underlying cause of chronic Lyme disease exists, neither is there is consensus on the best treatment for it.
That said, a natural, non-invasive, pain-free remedy has emerged as a particularly effective solution for chronic Lyme disease sufferers, in some cases eliminating all symptoms entirely: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
Oxygen: the most overlooked prescription drug for Lyme disease
HBOT involves breathing 100% oxygen at up to 2 times the normal atmospheric pressure. This increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, saturating the body tissues with 10-15 times more oxygen than it gets through normal respiration. You might think that extra oxygen for helping improve health sounds fanciful and unlikely to succeed, but that comes from a titanic misconception of oxygen and its capabilities.
After all, oxygen is the human body’s most imperative power source. Without it, nothing in our body would work. Energy production, temperature control and our circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous and immune systems all rely on oxygen to function.
It’s a simple biological fact that HBOT improves and accelerates our body’s vital processes and, essentially, its capacity to heal. Numerous studies have demonstrated HBOT’s ability to increase energy, bolster immunity, reduce pain and inflammation, promote fast tissue repair and capillary growth, and improve blood flow. There’s also a small but growing body of scientific literature to support the use of HBOT as an invaluable alternative or complementary therapy for countless medical conditions.
So if chronic Lyme disease is caused by tissue or immunity damage, or by persistent re-infection, then HBOT’s tissue-healing, immunity-boosting capabilities are the reason for its success with Lyme disease.
Hyperbaric oxygen for Lyme disease — what evidence is there?
In 1998, the Texas A&M University reported that 84.8% of 91 chronic Lyme disease patients who received HBOT showed significant improvement of symptoms. Moreover, about 70% of those patients displayed lasting beneficial effects upon follow-up examination.
In 2011, the Chinese Medical Association studied the effects of HBOT on a chronic Lyme disease sufferer. The patient had been suffering from Lyme disease symptoms since 2003. Various antibiotics had eliminated some symptoms, but by 2011, the patient’s elbow and joint pain, numbness in his extremities, troubles sleeping, eye twitch and affected thinking ability remained.
Having exhausted all other remedies, the patient opted for HBOT. After 10 sessions, his problems thinking, concentrating and sleeping all disappeared. After 20 sessions, his eye twitch and numbness were gone. After 30 sessions, his elbow and joint pain was the final symptom to vanish.
HBOT comes highly recommended by the medical community as an alternative or supplemental treatment for chronic Lyme disease. Here at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre in Chelsea, London, HBOT is administered by co-founder and hyperbaric expert Robert Pender.
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For more information about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Lyme disease, contact us on 0203 823 1212 or email@example.com, or book a consultation at our Chelsea-based clinic with Robert Pender, our in-house, world-renowned hyperbaric expert. During your initial consultation, the number of hyperbaric sessions you require will be discussed, which will be planned around your specific needs.