Chronic venous insufficiency and Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous CCSVI, Insufficiency are not unrelated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_ve ... ufficiency
The results from this Poll should provide everyone with an understanding of the relationship with circulation to multiple sclerosis, so please, everyone vote, it is completely anonymous to do so.
Professor Zamboni is working to find a mechanism for altering the cerebrovascular swelling he has identified in 100% of people with MS and 0% in people who do not have ms. His paper shows this clearly on x-ray plates provided. Zamboni et al attribute this swelling close to the spinal cord and nervous system to causing reflux in the venous return and this is looking like a reasonable link to his observations. Refulx or back pressure and back flow is now thought to be the cause of the plaques in multiple sclerosis. I suspect that some similar circulatory problem is responsible for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or als.
So it must follow that if swollen / varicose veins that are clearly visible in the photographs provided can be reversed using Inclined Bed Therapy, then the swollen veins close to the spinal cord must also be stimulated. I have written to Professor Zamboni about the connection with the venous return pressure changes using IBT asking for an opportunity to explain the connection but as yet have not received a reply.
The thing about IBT and observed pressure changes in varicose veins and the reduction of oedema is that there is no way that the venous return can be segmented. Put bluntly, if the veins in the legs are shrinking then so must the cerebrovacular anomaly discovered in people with multiple sclerosis!
Varicose (swollen) Veins and Oedema Cure?
A Simple Study is showing promise for people who have varicose veins and oedema (fluid retention) or edema as known in the US.
The method used is simply to raise the head end of the bed higher than the foot end of the bed so that gravity alters the pressure inside the veins by dragging dense solutes suspended in our blood through the vessels.
Yet surgery frequently fails to provide long-term benefits resulting in more surgery. Closing veins by injecting foam or whatever is a little like wrapping tape around a burst water pipe. Much the same as a support / compression stocking is. That pressure will find a way to escape no matter how much sticky tape we put on it! Currently advice from the medical profession is raising the feet and legs, (although this logic is at long last slowly changing to IBT)
IBT on the other hand addresses the causes of the bulging veins rather than trying to provide a temporary solution and in doing so removes the cause of the veins and oedema.
The study is located on the Naked Scientists Forum and will require you to become a member of this fascinating courteous corner of the Internet, which I am certain you will find most interesting.
My logic here is, If I help you to deal with your multiple sclerosis symptoms. Will you help me by providing before and after photographs of varicose veins and keep a diary / journal during this dual purpose study? How does this sound?
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum ... c=9843.100
Andrew K Fletcher
Adapt Your Own Bed
To sleep using The Inclined Bed Therapy method, a bed is raised placing the head end on two 15cm or six inch blocks. Hooking the casters or legs over the blocks helps to stabilise the bed. If your bed is the type that joins in the centre you will need to support the join with two 3inch or 7.5 cm blocks. The casters at the foot end of the bed should be removed to give the correct slope and added stability. Check the height by measuring from the floor to the top of the mattress. If your bed is longer than a standard bed then you must adjust the height of the blocks accordingly. I have used free wooden off cuts from a timber yard or building site.
Using strong Plastic Tubing from a builders merchants cut to the correct lengths provides a secure method of elevating the bed. The castors and legs of your bed can slot inside the tubes and look much neater than blocks.
A wooden wedge placed under the mattress, or even folded blankets will do the job, but be sure to recheck the angle as the blankets often compress and more should be added to make up the difference. Blocks should not be used to raise bunk beds, as they become unstable. Be patient and expect a little discomfort while gravity adjusts your body to the new posture. You may feel some discomfort in the spine and neck, this appears to be a threshold which has to be passed and is probably due to us developing a more upright posture. If you would like to help me in my ongoing research, or would simply like to monitor your own progress, please keep a journal to record and report any changes in your health, and symptoms.
Please be careful getting into and out of your inclined bed. It is a little strange at first and may take 4 weeks or longer to begin to feel improvements.
15cm (6ins) block------------------------- 7.5cm (3ins) block----------------- Castors off bottom
1. Please make sure that your feet and toes do not make contact with a footboard or any solid object at the bottom of the bed. Constant pressure on the feet while sleeping will affect circulation and could cause a pressure sore on the feet so please be careful.
2. Sleeping O' Natural will prevent clothing riding up and causing you discomfort.
3. Wrapping the mattres with a blanket or preferably a quilt or duvet under the botom sheet will prevent slipping.
4. A memory foam mattress or memory foam topper will greatly assit sleeping on an incline. But try it first and make sure you intend to stick with IBT before spending any money.
Please consult your doctor about IBT If you are at all concerned about trying this therapy. Please feel free to discontinue at any time. We cannot and do not accept responsibility for any loss either by damage to property or injury, which you may feel is due to sleeping with your bed raised. The responsibility for which rests entirely with you.
We are not, nor may we be, held responsible for the way that you chose to elevate your bed whatever methods you chose, you and only you are entirely responsible.
The drawings are shown as a guideline only. Your type of bed may not be able to withstand being on an angle and could collapse.
Sitting posture adapted by any methods is entirely your own responsibility. Altering your posture while in a wheelchair could cause you problems. A safety belt or harness should be worn to prevent you from falling out.
We cannot and do not accept responsibility for any loss either by damage to property or injury, which you may feel, is due to altering your sitting posture.
Andrew K Fletcher 1998