In my chat with Macy-Pan last sunday I said I was trying to decide between the Zoy-tech one and their 702.I too paid more than what the Chateau crew paid, 7,130!
I've had my 10th session today and it seems that the doctor at the clinic will allow me to get some more .
I've felt really tired throughout the week but started to feel with a bit more energy yesterday and today (after sessions 9th and 10th). I also suspect that the body is working hard to regenerate so that's why most people feel tired for a while with this therapy.
I had been with blocked sinuses and allergy symptoms before I started the therapy and that also cleared right away. And I don't have pain in the body at the moment.
There was a day when I had a bit of pain in one ear but that resolved quickly and I don't feel any discomfort when inside the chamber. I do have to constantly pop my ears when it is being pressurized, but if you manage to do that, all is fine .
I want to report about what I hear from the other patients who have been going in with me:
There's a elderly lady who has diabetes and is going because of diabetic foot. Apart from her wound improvement, she mentioned that her back is better and, impressively, her sight. She said that before she started she could only see our silhouettes and now, after only 10 sessions, she can see our faces!
There's another young woman that is going because she had a partial paralysis of the face and she mentioned improvement with that, but also, her varicose veins on the legs are getting better, she said. She mentioned that she even got surgery because of this issue and that she's impressed with how much it got better with only 10 sessions. She wants to get more sessions too, so I guess I'll hear more from her too.
All in all, it seems to work very well even with only 10 sessions, but it would be even better to do more.
Perhaps I am going to comment on something obvious, however I will say it just in case.A note for those who are not able to do HBOT due to persistent inner ear problems (pain while the HBOT pressure is going up, despite precautions taken).
The outlet of the inner ear to the throat is called Eustachian tube, and it is a very thin outlet:
If you have problems equalizing the pressure of the inner ear while doing HBOT, you can try autoinsufflation (exhaling through your nose while the nose is pinched). If the problem persists, then you have to find out why.
There are two main causes for Eustachian tube dysfunction:
1) "Obstructive dysfunction," when the valve fails to open.
2) Valve incompetency leading to a persistent opened state, which is termed "patulous dysfunction."
Eustachian tube dysfunction is a clinical diagnosis, mainly based on history and physical examination. Distinguishing the cause of the dysfunction is important because treatment is completely different depending on the cause. Obstructive dysfunction is characterized by hearing loss and tympanic membrane retraction or middle ear effusion. Patulous dysfunction is characterized by autophony (hearing one's own voice and breathing sounds), yet there is no complaint of hearing loss and the tympanic membrane appears normal.
There are many causes of obstructive dysfunction (including rhinosinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and tumors) that will respond to specific treatment. In the absence of an underlying mechanical cause of obstructive dysfunction, systemic decongestants such as pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine may be helpful for congestive symptoms (eg, ear fullness or pressure). Careful with nasal decongestants because it creates dependency and in the long run, it can make the problem worse.
If you have allergies, try anti-histaminics before going into the chamber, such as desloratadine, loratadine, cetirizine, ebastine or benadryl.
Treatment of patulous dysfunction includes hydration and medications to thicken either the mucus or the mucosa. Decongestants should be avoided because they are not effective and may worsen the problem.
In short, autoinsufflation should work after some training and trying. If not, a decongestant could be tried and an allergy pill. If the problem persists, more detective work should be done.
So we finalized the setup and we were ready to do a first test. First, Gaby took my vitals: blood pressure and O2 saturation, everything was allright so she gave me the green light:
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The A/C unit is in fact an air dehumidifier, so it is pretty warm in there, I should not have worn the green top. As you can see in the following picture (taken from one of the 3 windows) I'm pretty sweaty:
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The good news is you can use a Kindle within the chamber, so the first session went pretty smoothly. After 1 hour I opened the pressure release valve and then unzipped the chamber and it was done! Overall I feel slightly more energetic, more relaxed. I also feel my brain is working a bit better (to be confirmed in the following session).
Now it is Laura's turn, she's in the chamber right now reading her Kindle (the reflection you are seeing in the right lens is the backlight emitted by the Kindle). She's perfectly fine. No claustrophobia. Although she didn't manage to fully balance the air pressure within the ears, she felt no pain:
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No one should try a valsalva maneuver, holding your nose and blowing, while ascending in a chamber or relieving the pressure.
Yes, it’s common sense if you just think about pressure and the volume of air.Well, at the clinic where I go they teach us to do the valsalva maneuver while going 'down', that means, at the beginning, when the chamber is being pressurized. At the end of the session, when it is being depressurized, they tell us it isn't necessary to do anything because the ears pop automatically, and I've found that to be the case. I've also read that they teach patients in other clinics the same.
It was a huge work! If you'll need do it again search how to download subtitles from YouTube videos. It should save a lot of time.Finally typed up notes from this interview. Its an hour long so if you prefer a quicker read through I've make reasonably comprehensive notes. Word doc File attached.
There is a journal Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine where they explain:I was a diver in the Navy and we had to learn about oxygen toxicity. Essentially if you’re working hard oxygen becomes potentially toxic to the body at about 1.6 ATA at 100% O2.
If one goes to this page, there are articles available for viewing and published between 1971 and early 2021.Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine is published quarterly jointly by the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) and the European Underwater and Baromedical Society (EUBS).
SPUMS is incorporated in Victoria, Australia, A0020660B and DHM is registered with the National Library of Australia, E-ISSN 2209-1491, ABN 29 299 823 713. EUBS is a United Kingdom Registered Charity No. 264970.