I heard about the Health Evolution clinic with the hyperbaric chambers and immediately gave them a call. I organised to have a chamber the following Saturday. Hayley’s story of breast cancer survival is amazing and I felt that I’d like to do some bc prevention now that I am healthy.
For most of us who’ve been through a lot of chemo, there are quite a few aches and pains which we’ve learned to live with. I pretty much forget about them but when I wrote a list before going in the chamber, it went like this:
- Headaches and migraines
- Bone stiffness and pain
- A kind of arthritis in my fingers
- A sore back
- Nerve damage in my hands and feet
- Pain around my shoulder and I’m unable to straighten my right arm
- Mild asthma and eczema
- Sore knees and a stiff sore left hip
- Tightness in my tummy from where muscle was taken in the breast reconstruction
- And of late a cold and a blocked feeling in my ears
All these things have become my new normal.
Before going in the chamber
Hayley talked me through things and I lay down on a PEMF mat. These too are very good for healing
Hayley went through a checklist with me and because I had a cold, she put me in the chamber to go on reduced pressure. I lay down with my journal, a DVD player and my drink bottle. I was a bit cold and there was a blanket and lots of cushions. There was a walkie talkie so I could communicate with Hayley at all times.
I felt a tiny bit strange going into the enclosed space but once inside, it felt like a small tent and I like tents. I also had a cannula for increased oxygen through my nose. This made me feel a bit hospital like and I just tried to distract myself with the DVD. As the air pressure increased in the chamber, I felt a bit of pressure build up in my ears. I just swallowed and had some water.
The DVD was a great focus and before I knew it, 90 minutes had passed and I hadn’t quite watched the end of the movie…
During the session, I felt sensations in my feet and lower back. Also in my stomach.
I realised that afterwards, my fingers felt different. I could bend them easier and there was less kind of arthritic pain or nerve damage pain from the chemo.
I also noticed that my back wasn’t sore. I had actually booked a massage for later in the day as my back was quite sore. To be honest, I didn’t feel I needed the massage.
I decided to book another session a few days later.
The same process and this time, I had the HBOT on full pressure. Again, I could feel sensations in my stomach, feet, hands and back.
After the second session
Afterwards, I felt that:
- My fingers have lost almost all their pain and stiffness
- My back felt really flexible. After my first lot of chemo, my back had really seized up and was quite inflexible. After the HBOT, I noticed it was easier to do yoga and my back had relaxed to how it was before I had chemo in 2007. Perhaps not quite as good but almost completely there
- Nerve damage on the soles of my feet had improved around 60-70%, It is usually excruciating for me to have a pedicure for example but my feet felt that they were going back to normal
- When doing yoga the next day I noticed that the site on my tummy where I had surgery – was 75% less tight and was actually quite flexible
I am hooked on these chambers and would love to see how else my body can improve. I would really recommend these for anyone going through cancer treatment, with chronic fatigue, arthritis etc. NB please also talk to you medical specialist before doing the chambers.
Body healing happens in a sequence which is unknown to us -it just takes time and being realistic about the number of sessions required eg 20 sessions for complex and chronic conditions.
I think I’ll aim to have one a month and just see how everything goes.
Thanks for everything Todd and Hayley.