Dr. Scott Sherr - Hyperbaric Oxygen Benefits For Health, Healing & Longevity
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What to Expect From Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Because my condition was so poor, the hyperbaric oxygen physician at the Cleveland Clinic recommended that I do one two-hour long treatment every weekday for six weeks.
When I arrived at each appointment, I had to change out of my regular clothes and put on a hospital gown. You cannot have makeup, deodorant, hair products, nail polish, or jewelry on inside of the chamber. You also cannot have a cellphone or any other kind of electronic device on you.
The chambers are intimidating, I was terrified the first time I had to go in. They are see-through tubes with a hospital bed that slides out from the opening.
While inside, I was in a reclined position with little room to move. The bed inside the chamber is no larger than a twin-size mattress. Once you are inside, the sound of the chamber door closing is intense, like a large steel safe door locking behind you. You cannot get up to go to the bathroom, which was scary for me and caused anxiety. I took anti-anxiety medication before each visit because of this.
The only pillow I was allowed was made out of a hard, folded-up hospital blanket, and there isn’t much room to move. There was a television outside of the chamber and a speaker inside so I could hear.
Each two hours felt like a lifetime. In the first few weeks, the only side effect I experienced was exhaustion. Stepping out of the chamber, I felt like my body was made of bricks. My eyesight eventually became worse too, which is also a side effect of HBOT. My eyesight has since returned to normal, though.
At the beginning of my third week of treatments, I started to feel better. My energy returned, I wasn’t going to the bathroom nearly as much, and the bleeding had subsided. By the time my last treatment came, I felt like a new person.
Along with HBOT, I took a high-dose antibiotic for my pouchitis, and began a course of Canasa (mesalamine) and hydrocortisone. I changed my diet according to what Shen recommended and I found a personal trainer to help me to stay in shape.
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helped Me Recover
When I went to see Shen in March 2019 for my follow-up scope to check on the progress of my diagnosis, I was nervous. I knew that I felt so much better, but were my insides going to reflect those feelings?
They did. My doctor was amazed by the improvement. My results were so good that he told me I didn’t need to come back for a pouchoscopy for another two years. I thanked him for prescribing the HBOT. I knew that without the therapy, my body would not have healed as quickly as it did.
Even though the treatments were rough, I’m happy that HBOT was a part of my journey.
Now, when I hear of another person who’s having trouble with their J-pouch or experiencing pouchitis, I recommend talking with their doctor about receiving HBOT.
If you have UC, hyperbaric oxygen is worth asking your doctor about, even if it’s just to learn. Never be afraid to ask questions or explore options that might seem foreign to you — they might improve your well-being or even put you in remission.
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