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Mon, Mar 11 5:02pm · Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Yes, there is a treatment that is known to heal diabetic foot ulcers reliably. It's called Hydrobaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Basically you go every day for 1.5 hours treatment inside a chamber that operates at 2x atmospheric pressure. It makes your ears pop, but is safe. Cost in Canada is around $150/session. The HBOT therapist will tell you haw many sessions will be necessary and what other treatments you will need. During the treatment you will be breathing pure oxygen. Oxygen has really good healing properties and your wound will heal faster than without HBOT. You may be advised to go for "Debridement" first, which is a doctor or surgeon cutting away any dead tissue. I hope this helps you.

Tue, Feb 26 10:48am · Stem Cell Therapy for Neuropathy in Neuropathy

The pressure was less than two atmospheres, so, not too hard on the ears when pressuring up.
In reply to @ericvnelson. If you were in the chamber for 1-2 hours/day that may not have been enough. I went for 80 hours (out of a recommended 98) before I took a break for a vacation. The hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) had a beneficial effect for me but my neuropathy does not sound as severe as yours. Mine started in my feet and was up to my waist when I started HBOT. At the end of the 80 hours (every day from Dec 13 to Jan 25 with some 5 hour sessions) my legs were stronger and the pain was restricted to my lower legs. After my vacation, it has come back and is back up to my waist, so I may go back and take some more sessions. It may not be a cure, but it does seem to help.

Mon, Feb 25 1:59pm · Stem Cell Therapy for Neuropathy in Neuropathy

Agreed, but to be fair "navid80" had spelled it out (Hydrobaric Oxygen Therapy) and John and I were commenting/replying to his/her post.

Mon, Feb 25 1:22pm · Stem Cell Therapy for Neuropathy in Neuropathy

I have tried 80 hours of HBOT recently and found that it did help my neuropathy. Here is Canada, the HBOT cost was reasonable ($100CDN/hr); although I hear that it can be much more expensive in other places. When I started the HBOT my neuropathy pain was up to my waist (pin, needles, tingling, dull pain that is there 24/7 plus numbness and freezing/burning in my feet depending on whether I was standing or laying down). After the 80 hours, the neuropathy was below my knees and my legs were considerably stronger. If anyone if in Alberta, I can give you the contact name and phone number. Also: for SOME conditions, HBOT can be covered by our health care or a private plan; however, in my case it was NOt covered. I understand that open ulcers on the feet (caused by neuropathy) are covered by Alberta Health Care.

Tue, Jan 8 10:28am · Lyme disease and neuropathy in Neuropathy

My understanding of Lyme disease is that most standard blood tests for it are only 25% reliable., so it's quite possible that you got an "all clewar" from a blood test.
I have heard that IGen-X is very good, but that the authority is a lab in Germany that is the best in the world: http://www.arminlabs.com/…/tick-borne-diseases/lyme-borreliosis.
My HBOT therapy (which is the only reliable way that I know of to get rid of chronic Lyme disease is about half way through now and my PN symptoms have lessened dramatically (in my case, I am trying to rule out Diabetic PN because it came on so suddenly after being diagnosed Type-II diabetic, and progressed from my feet to my waist in less than a year. The HBOT therapy has driven down to my calves, so far.
I think the intense antibiotics are only effective if you catch the Lyme disease early on (within about 48 hours of the bite).. Hope this helps.

Wed, Jan 2 12:05pm · Lyme disease and neuropathy in Neuropathy

I started HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) for suspected Lyme disease on Dec 12th and it is helping reduce the pins/needles and paid that I have in both feet and legs. It's the only treatment that I have been able to find that can eliminate the spirochaetes (B. burgdorferi anaerobic bacteria). Take a look on http://www.oxygenunderpressure.com for reports about using HBOT for Lyme treatment, and also notice how similar the symptoms are to peripheral neuropathy.
The recommended hours for complete elimination of the bacteria is 98 hours, in 1.5 hour sessions each day. The cost here in Canada is $150 per session (so, just over $10,000 CDN in total), but I hear that it can be a lot more expensive in the U.S. and is not covered by the health care plans.

Dec 19, 2018 · Hyperbaric treatment for diabetic neuropathy and ulcers on feet in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Hi @squaredancer thanks for your valuable comments.
I am in Canada and here the doctors don't prescribe HBOT for Lyme disease. There are only about 13 conditions that are prescribable for HBOT and therefore covered by our health care or private insurers (for instance, treatment of diabetic ulcers); however, the good news is that the private company who provides the therapy only charges $100/hour. Each therapy session lasts 1.5 hours, and the total cost is $9800: that's actually only 68 sessions.
The write-ups that I have studied say that the risk is very low because the pressure is only 45 psi (3 atmospheres), and is therefore much less than most scuba divers experience during a dive.
So far, the pins and needles pain that was up to my navel, has receded and is now concentrated in my calf muscles and feet, so I think the treatment is working. Will keep you informed.
Blessings to you too.

Dec 14, 2018 · Hyperbaric treatment for diabetic neuropathy and ulcers on feet in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Hi @squaredancer and @ethanmcconkey, Thanks for your posts. I have a kind of unique situation where I am trying to rule out another disease that can cause very similar nerve damage as diabetic neuropathy: Lyme disease. I believe that I got a tick bite in 2015, and though the doctors prescribed two course of anti-biotics, it has come back in the form of pin/needles/numbness and pain starting in the feet and working upwards through the legs/groin and higher. It has got so bad that I have difficulty walking. So, I have signed up for a 98 day Hyperbaric treatment which, if it is Lyme disease, will cure it, and if it is diabetic neuropath, it will help a bit, maybe slow it down, but will not cure it.
I have started the treatments two days ago, and will let you know how it goes.