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Has anyone tried this or know of it's use in helping scleroderma? My chiro has suggested it to me.

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Hello miocean~
I don't know much about this treatment other than it is being used more and more by doctors to increase the healing process. Here is a link from the ISN that discusses the chamber under CREST syndrome: CREST




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The only thing I know about them is that when I was going regularly to the Wound Care Center, they used them regularly. When I asked the doctors about it they said the same thing, that it promotes healing. Can't say if it helps with SD. Suppose it can't hurt, if you're covered for the procedure with your insurance and it won't cost you, what's the harm?

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I've recently done some research on this and haven't found any studies where it's been tested for scleroderma. There have been studies about its ability to heal wounds such as digital ulcers and other wounds that are persistent and hard to heal.

Here's a list that I got off of MedLinePlus of conditions for which this treatment is helpful.

* Gas gangrene
* Decompression sickness (for example, a diving injury)
* Air or gas embolism
* Carbon monoxide poisoning
* Wound healing (for example, a foot ulcer in someone with diabetes or very bad circulation)
* Necrotizing soft tissue infections
* Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
* Radiation injuries (for example, damage to skin, other soft tissue, or bones from radiation therapy for cancer)
* Skin grafts and flaps
* Burns

As with any treatment, there are dangerous side effects associated with HBOT. So please research it and discuss it thoroughly with your doctor before trying it.

Janey Willis

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(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi there:


What type of O2 chamber r u going into? Is it monitored by doctors?

I've tried it & I feel it helped me. The ulcers on my fingers healed up (5 fingers in total) & the thing I found more interesting was that my hands became more useable. I think it's worth a try anyway.

As we all know, each of us heal differently & respond differently to various treatments.

Give it a go & good luck. Let me know how it works for u.

John L

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I've had 19 treatments in a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber (HBO) for hemorrhagic Cystitis caused by cyclophosphamide toxicity at Duke. I'm supposed to have a total of 60 treatments.

In general HBO is used for wounds that are difficult to heal, the bends, carbon monoxide poisoning, radiation tissue damage, stroke victims and brain injuries.

They are using HBO on me as an adjuvant therapy to the two bladder cauterizations I've had to stop the bleeding and clotting. The doctors say it looks like a bomb went off in my bladder. I bled for 2 months and 2 weeks before my surgeries received 6 units of blood because the bleeding and clotting was so severe.

While in the chamber they "dive" you to 2.5 ATA's which is approximately 48 feet below sea level and then infuse the chamber with 100% oxygen. You remain in the chamber for 2 hours. The 100% oxygen is carried to your organs and tissues to promote quicker healing.

I've been told that it will not help scleroderma, except for scleroderma patients that have digital ulcers that won't heal.

Just as a side note, my hemorrhagic cystitis could have been prevented if a drug called Mesna had been give to me while I was receiving the cyclophosphamide. If any of you are receiving cyclophosphamide please ask your doctor if you are receiving Mesna too. Mesna binds to the cyclophosphamide and prevents bladder damage.

As far as I know, I'm the only scleroderma patient who received cyclophosphamide and then got hemorrhagic cystitis who is being treated by hyperbaric oxygen. I think Duke is going to write a paper about me. Woohoo, my 15 minutes of fame.

Stay warm!!


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