Your BP measurements should provide stimulating reading over the next 4 weeks. I read that your wife is not exhibiting any obvious MS symptoms at present, so we will be looking for other improvements or indeed any adverse effects.
What to expect from Inclined Bed Therapy
First two weeks seem a little strange, you may get a few aches and pains, possibly slight stiffening in the neck as your spine receives gentle traction from the inclined posture.
Within two weeks you should begin to see some evidence of improvements including improved circulation. People seldom complain about improvements, hence the need to take photographs of varicose veins or skin conditions like psoriasis prior to tilting the bed, so that we can compare later photographs of same area of skin. Even if you have a normal 35 or 110 camera, the images can be transferred to a disk from your film at any photographic print producers these days. Once on a disk the pictures are easy to upload to a site or image store like http://photobucket.com/
and link them back to the forum. If you need help to do this shout, or send them by email to me and I will link them.
Ideal format for your online diary.
Diary Title: My Inclined Bed Therapy Diary or Journal
Begin a new thread stating your current conditions, how you feel during the night, first thing in the morning, aches pains itching, how long you have had ms, medication you are on and / or have tried in the past, Results experienced previously.
Following IBT start date, include / add anything you notice about the inclined sleeping posture that is different to sleeping flat for you and possibly your partners input may help also as anyone sharing the incline will inevitably experience changes too. Include anything negative or positive to give a fair appraisal. And if you are able to share photographs as a bench mark at the start of your diary this will add considerable validity to later posts.
Begin by giving a weekly report for the first 4 weeks, and then a report monthly will suffice. After 2-3 months if possible include link to next lot of photographs. Include comments from yourself and family and friends when they notice changes. Repeat the same photographs of the same veins amd skin area after a further 2 months. Simple, but will undoubtedly record all changes during this important experiment.
There will be quite a few people reading these posts that are not able or willing to give this therapy a try, but who could provide valuable control evidence by creating an online diary also, including the same input as people using IBT. Again photographs before during and after would contribute enormous validity to this study / experiment. Again include how long you have had ms, other conditions and / or varicos veins, medication and what you have tried in the past together with any results.
Anyone who is already trying Inclined Bed Therapy please keep an online diary and share your own experiences using this as it will encourage others to try it and move us further towards our goals and get more people testing IBT. High numbers of people reporting changes again adds validity to our study and helps to let other people with ms know what to expect from Inclined Bed Therapy.
DIM wrote:Andrew we are going to try your theory, wife has MS and I recently found that have blood pressure, as you say it helps on both situations so we'll see!