I'm currently going through a flare up, & I'm thinking that instead of getting on the solumedrol (steroids) -- I'm going to try oxygen therapy. I got tested, & my veins are restricted, & I'm not getting the oxygen I need.
Since CCSVI opens the restricted veins, & hence drastically helps lots of people -- I'm wondering if CPaps will also help us until we can get the liberation surgery:
Here's some info on CPaps & Oxygen therapy:
"Respiratory Care Help
Sleep Therapy (CPAP)
Aerosol Therapy (Nebulizer)
Respiratory Care is the health care discipline that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. Respiratory Therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Knowledge of the scientific principles underlying cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology, as well as biomedical engineering and technology, enable respiratory therapists to effectively offer preventative care to, as well as assess, educate, and treat patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies.
As a health care profession, Respiratory Care is practiced under medical direction across the health care continuum. Critical thinking, patient/environment assessment skills, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines enable respiratory therapists to develop and implement effective care plans, patient-driven protocols, disease-based clinical pathways, and disease management programs. A variety of venues serve as the practice site for this health care profession including, but not limited to: acute care hospitals, sleep disorder centers and diagnostic laboratories, rehabilitation, research and skilled nursing facilities, patients’ homes, patient transport systems, physician offices, convalescent and retirement centers, educational institutions, field representatives and wellness centers.
Sleep Therapy (CPAP)
CPAP: Is continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
At first, CPAP patients should be monitored in a sleep lab to determine the appropriate amount of air pressure for them. The first few nights on CPAP tend to be difficult, with patients experiencing less sleep. Many patients at first find the mask uncomfortable, claustrophobic or embarrassing. CPAP is not a cure and must be used every night for life. Non-compliant patients experience a full return of obstructive sleep apnea and related symptoms.
CPAP patients during sleep wear a face mask connected to a pump that forces air into the nasal passages at pressures high enough to overcome obstructions in the airway and stimulate normal breathing. The airway pressure delivered into the upper airway is continuous during both inspiration and expiration.
Nasal CPAP is currently the best treatment for severe obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP is safe and effective, even in children. Tissues are prevented from collapsing during sleep, and apnea is effectively prevented without surgical intervention. Daytime sleepiness improves or resolves. Heart function and hypertension also improve. And, importantly, the quality of life improves.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) provides one constant air pressure all through the night
Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) therapy automatically varies the pressure all through the night and from night to night. It actively responds to the continuous changes in the upper airway of your patient.
Bilevel Therapy (VPAP, BiPap) provides a higher pressure when the patient inhales, and a lower pressure when they exhale.
If you need Oxygen Therapy at home, it is important to learn how to use it and take care of your equipment. This information will help you get the most from your Oxygen Therapy.
Breathing extra Oxygen can help you feel better and lead a more active life.
You can travel even though you use Oxygen, but you will need to plan ahead.
Oxygen is a fire hazard. It is important to follow safety measures to keep you and your family safe.
Oxygen Therapy is a way to increase the amount of Oxygen in the lungs and the bloodstream. It is sometimes used for people with diseases that make it hard to breathe, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, or heart failure. Oxygen Therapy can make it easier to breathe and reduce the heart’s workload.
Some people need extra Oxygen all the time. Others need it from time to time throughout the day or overnight. A doctor will prescribe how much Oxygen you need, based on blood tests. He or she will tell you how much Oxygen to use per minute (flow rate) and how often to use it.
To breathe the Oxygen, most people use a nasal cannula (say "KAN-yuh-luh"), a thin tube with two prongs that fit inside your nostrils. Children and people who need high levels of Oxygen may need to use a mask that fits over the nose and mouth.
Oxygen can be delivered to your home in tanks, or cylinders, or it can be produced in your home by a machine called an Oxygen Concentrator. Your doctor will help you choose the source that fits your needs. A combination of methods may be the best choice. Some people use an Oxygen Concentrator at home, keep a large Oxygen tank on hand as a backup, and have small tanks for use outside the home.
Oxygen in tanks comes in two forms:
Compressed Oxygen gas. Tanks of Oxygen gas come in several sizes. Small tanks can be carried when you leave home. Large tanks are heavy and are usually not moved after they are placed in the home.
Liquid Oxygen. Oxygen takes up less space in liquid form than as a gas. Compared to tanks of Oxygen gas, tanks of liquid Oxygen weigh less and hold more Oxygen, so they may be a good choice for people who are active."