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Doctors offer hyperbaric therapy to ease pain
Thursday 30 May 2013
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)-- More doctors are now offering hyperbaric therapy in their offices.
Jewell Shuey is getting ready to get into this portable Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber to which she initially had doubts.
"It looked like something from outer space," said Shuey.
Jewell has fibromyalgia, a syndrome with widespread pain that affects muscle and soft tissue.
"It's extreme. Every second of the day. Most of the time when I'm asked what my pain level is, I would say 10 and a half," said Shuey.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is one step to managing Jewell's fibromyalgia here at Advance Biomedical Treatment Center in Bloomfield.
"When you give oxygen at a higher pressure, healing speeds up," said Dr. Eileen Comia, Advance Biomedical Treatment Center. "Because fibromyalgia is actually due to lack of oxygen in the tissue, when your muscles hurt, it's actually hurting for more oxygen. It gets into the tissue and the pain is relieved."
Dr. Eileen Comia is an internist who practices integrative medicine.
"Fibromyalgia is really due to the accumulation of toxins in our body," said Comia.
That's why she also recommends detoxification, prescribing b-12 injections, taking anti-oxidants and change of diet to patients like Jewell.
"I don't think she'll be completely out of pain but I certainly can help her so she is not dependent on narcotics, which she is at this point," said Comia.
Improving quality of life. Meanwhile, time in the chamber has eased the pain.
"It almost feels like a cocoon. Most of the time I go to sleep, said Shuey. "The pain is so much lower because I'm totally relaxed.
Jewell has already started to wean off some of her medications. The cost is $75 a visit for the hyperbaric therapy. It's not covered by insurance.
For more information on hyperbaric therapy, go to http://advbiomedtx.com/.
The above, with comments, originally appeared here.
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