nicko wrote:I'm at 6" I wonder if 7" would help anymore. I had some minor improvements within the first few months of IBT. I'm 5 months in now. But all those improvements have disappeared over the last couple months. I was dreaming again, but I've lost that now. I wasn't having night sweats but they've returned with a vengeance. I've been under alot of stress so it could be a relapse I suppose but it would be a minor one.
This is exactly why we need to compile everyones reports together so that people with ms can follow progress including any relapses atmospheric patterns and determine whether raising the bed higher or lower is suitable for each person. Without this data it will be another 17 years before IBT becomes mainstream.
Although it is not ideal to collect data that is not under the scruitiny of a hospital or university it is the best I can do with zero funds.
I would say yes, raising your bed another inch might prove to be more effective but would check the humidity factor locally and in your home. High humidity also comprimises circulation. Alun, from Naked Scientists forum on the Varicose Veins thread was first to raise a question about his veins being more swollen in high humidity.
Thes connections standing alone can be ignored but compiled together become a valuable source of data.
The other day at University of Hertfordshire, I was giving a talk about Operation OASIS, another project when one of the small group laughed and said anecdotal evidence combined does not make empirical evidence.
It may not be enough to publish a paper but when the anecdotal evidence is compiled not once but 3 times and each time the results are the same for people with ms and people with varicose veins and people with oedema it raises the question why are scientists, doctors, academics and government conveniently using this ignorant approach to stifle such a simple, benign and FREE therapy? Especially when it is based on sound and clearly repeatable evidence, albeit outside the control of the sickness industry.