Fibromyalgia is a painful and devastating disease. It causes damage to the lives of the person suffering with the disease as well as suffering for their families. The pain, weakness, fatigue, sleep problems and brain impairments are crippling. Many fibromyalgia patients have lesions in their brains that show up on brain scans. In December 2018, a study of fibromyalgia patients showed that hyperbaric oxygen therapy heals these lesions, leading patient brain function to improve dramatically.
Patients’ brain scans were taken prior to hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT), then again after 60 hyperbaric oxygen treatments, using two types of brain imaging. The study showed there was often a reduction in, and in some cases the complete resolution of, the lesions found in patients with fibromyalgia. The researchers found that 70% of the patients in the study also showed dramatic improvement in their symptoms. In fact, many of the patients no longer met the medical criteria of fibromyalgia. In addition, these patients’ brain functions improved dramatically, and their brain imaging showed significant improvement. This study gives hope to those of us who have, or who know someone who has, fibromyalgia!
We wish we could treat everyone who had fibromyalgia with HBOT. Call us if you have questions or want to know more about HBOT. We have been proudly healing lives at Bay Area Hyperbarics for over 20 years by treating patients in our community with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Did a physician refer you? If so, they can download and fax us back a patient referral form. If not, our medical staff will discuss whether hyperbarics is right for you.
Our medical staff contacts Medicare or private insurance to receive authorization and create a plan with you.
We do a medical intake, explain everything you need to know, and you get started on your hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions
As a provider, your office fills out and faxes back the Patient Referral Form. Have questions? Call us!
We make sure the patient understands treatment and then follow the prescribed protocol to get the patient on the road to recovery!
Our medical staff meets with the patient to ensure that HBOT is appropriatre, and contacts Medicare or private insurance to receive authorization.
Hyperbaric medicine, also called hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT, is a medical treatment where a patient sits or lies in pressurized chamber and breathes 100% oxygen. In HBOT, oxygen dissolves into the blood, thus raising the oxygen concentration to very high levels.This increased oxygen is a primary building block for tissues, muscle, and bone repair. Among other benefits, it kicks off cell reproduction, heals injuries and infection more rapidly, and decreases inflammation.
Hyperbaric treatments help heal neuropathy by regrowing small blood vessels and nerves that have died from disease, injuries from radiation and aging. Patients often experience numbness and or pain when they start treatment. Hyperbaric treatments most often bring back sensation and make, for example, walking easier and more enjoyable.
Current research indicates that hyperbaric oxygen does not kill cancer cells. However, there has been a small amount of research indicating that hyperbaric oxygen might reduce the size of certain tumors. Also, there has been a study on mice using hyperbaric oxygen, along with a ketogenic diet, to reduce tumors. Hyperbaric oxygen causes many different healing modalities to kick into gear. Could its effect on strengthening the immune system inhibit the growth of cancer cells? Nobody knows. There are numerous studies conclusively showing that hyperbaric oxygen does not encourage cancer cells or tumors to grow. Some patients claim the hyperbaric oxygen makes them feel a lot more comfortable and functional after chemotherapy and also during healing. Note that some chemotherapy drugs are not to be used with hyperbaric oxygen, as the chemotherapy drugs can be enhanced and thus become toxic. A good hyperbaric oxygen facility (such as Bay Area Hyperbarics) will always call the chemotherapy manufacturer to ensure that hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be helpful and not damaging to the patient.
A physician would consider using hyperbaric chamber therapy under a variety of situations. Physicians most typically refer patients to hyperbarics when the patient is not healing with traditional medical interventions and hyperbaric chamber therapy is approved by Medicare for this condition.
Some patients experience significant unresolved pain and unremitting disease states that the mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber are known to affect, such as the down regulation of inflamatory genes. For an example, some patients have experienced severe, unremitting hives with itching, which did not improve with any specialists interventions.
Some physicians will consider hyperbaric chamber therapy if the patient has no other good avenues for improving their failing health, and they know the hyperbaric chamber therapy is safe and will not harm the patient.
The CPT code for HBOT is G0277.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HB0T) is a medical treatment where you inhale 100% oxygen in a chamber with increased atmospheric pressure. HBOT injects 400x the oxygen into your tissues and bones and mobilizes stem cells. It regrows healthy tissues in the brain, blood vessels, skin and bones. It also reduces pain and swelling, and speeds recovery.
It is simple, effective and painless.
Medicare covers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for approved conditions, and many insurance companies also cover approved conditions. If your condition is not approved by your insurance, we can discuss our special rates. Give us a call at (408) 356–7438. We are happy to discuss your options with you.