Friday, 24 September 2010

Why take the risk?

There has been so much heated debate about the whole issue of CCSVI, and many people, including eminent and well respected physicians, neurologists and patients, advocate waiting  until the whole thing is either proven to be another blind alley or the process becomes well developed and routine.

So why did I go now?

To those outside, it may seem like I made a sudden decision, but this is the culmination of much thought, since I got my official diagnosis in 2006. I have always been very sensitive to heat, particularly the sun on my head. Going out in the sun without a hat is very bad news.

Before my operation, when suffering a bad bout of trigeminal neuralgia sitting upright gave me some relief, relative to lying down. Hyperbaric oxygen does give me temporary improvement - at least 2 bar absolute, and the greater the pressure, the longer the relief.

So long before the advent of CCSVI theory, I felt there was something amiss with with the circulation in my brain.

I also did a lot of reading about MS, from its early days of identification, through to the present day.

Jean-Martin Charcot, professor of Neurology at the University of Paris, was the first to complete a detailed study of multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. In 1868, Charcot analyzed some unusual symptoms in a young female patient—tremor, slurred speech, and abnormal eye movements—comparing them to other patients with similar symptoms. He documented his observations and wrote a clinical-pathological definition of MS that is still accurate today.

Throughout his life, Charcot believed that MS had something to do with the venous circulation of the brain.

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