Elliot was active in sports in high school. During football practice, he had a concussion that turned out to be his second. This one was caused when he collided with another players’ head and helmet.
Elliot didn’t recover from this concussion as he had with the first one. After two months, he stopped going to school. Maintaining a regular schedule just became too difficult given his inability to concentrate and his memory loss. Even reading became too difficult because he had blurry vision.
Elliot came to Bay Area Hyperbarics five months after his concussion with these concerns, but also depression, intermittent fatigue, sleep disturbances, and headaches. His parents tried several different therapies, diet changes, supplements and migraine medications. He was supervised by a psychiatrist and on prescription anti-anxiety meds, plus meds for depression. He was also receiving acupuncture.
It took two months of hyperbaric therapy to heal his brain well enough that he could return to school. Honestly, he seemed like a different person when he left our clinic. He was smiling and walked with a healthy gait. However, he did not return to play football, based on a recommendation from his neurologist.
Jeremy is a high functioning big-data-management engineer in Silicon Valley. He loved surfing, mountain biking, and taking his dog with him.
Jeremy had a history of head injuries from sports, including years of soccer headers, football injuries and mountain biking accidents. Jeremy had come in to Bay Area Hyperbarics during high school when he found he had difficulty keeping up in his AP math classes. He was thinking of dropping out of AP math, but his mother brought him in to us to see if HBOT could help. And, it did! HBOT helped him enough that he stayed in AP math and graduated with honors.
After graduating high school, Jeremy went on to a prestigious university to become an engineer and linguist.
Eleven years after we first saw him, Jeremy brought himself into our clinic for a second time. He was having problems keeping up with the high demands of his job. He said he had to maintain concentration on many variables at the same time while solving complex problems. He feared he was having some days where he just could not perform up to his expectations. He said he needed more focus, better memory and more energy as he also had bouts of fatigue. He was treated using the Haddany study protocol (see the study cited above). Jeremy came back to visit us after finishing his HBOT treatments. He told us he was extremely pleased with his ability to perform now with greater ease, much more quickly, and he finds that answers come to him quicker. He says his energy has improved, not only at work, but also with his mountain biking.
Marian had taught acupuncture for 12 years to students in a prestigious acupuncture school. She loved teaching and was devoted to her students.
One day, a reckless driver rammed Marian’s car so fast it resulted in multiple injuries, including a head injury. She recovered from her other injuries but her head “just wasn’t right.” She came to Bay Area Hyperbarics after 6 months of biofeedback, acupuncture and other therapies. She was depressed and was thinking of early retirement because she said she couldn’t teach students with her sluggish brain. She complained about piles of paper stacked around her house that she couldn’t sort through.
She was also plagued with intense emotional swings. She was so anxious that she would sit in our waiting room and cry while trying to “pull myself together to drive home.” She had become anxious of driving. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy repaired her brain and resolved her emotional volatility, anxiety, depression, and sluggish brain. She said she could think normally again. She returned to full time work teaching her students again.