Just an update to the question I asked last week about cryotherapy.
I talked to a women that has a pretty bad case of fibro that lives close to me. She told me that going to cryotherapy has improved her symptoms by about 50% and she has been able to get off all of her medications. So I read as much as I could about it and decided to take the plunge. Saturday was my first treatment. It would take to long to write exactly what it is but it's like taking a three minute cold sauna. When I got out of the… read more
It's not the kind of cold that you feel when you go outside it the winter. It's a whole different sensation. So hard to explain how it feels. Very weird sensation and a little uncomfortable at the end but the three minutes goes by really fast. And right when it's over, I felt a little tingling and warmed right up. Because fibro prople are usually heat and cold intolerant , which I am one of them, I thought it would be bad but it wasn't.
Another therapy to add to my bucket list
@A MyFibroTeam Member, The cost I'm sure will differ depending upon where you live. My first session was $25 and after that you can buy a package to keep the cost down. When it was time to pay I handed the guy my health savings card and the charge went through! I was really happy about that. My insurance is UMR but I don't know if every insurance will pay for it.
To answer your other questions, you stand in a chamber for three minutes with your head completely exposed and your hands and feet covered with heavy socks and gloves. They use liquid nitrogen. Looks like a cloud. It's cold, but not like you would think. To be honest , the last 15 seconds was a little tough but the owner was right there talking to me the whole time. After the three minutes, they open the door and your body warns up in less then a minute. Your whole body and mind feels euphoric. Hard to explain.
As far as pain goes and feeling it during the therapy, the treatment doesn't hurt but you start to feel uncomfortable in the last several seconds. Nothing that I couldn't handle. And the good feelings I had was immediate after I exited the chamber and got dressed.
Like I said before, this is my experience and I just wanted to share.
I guess this therapy is used to help heal professional and collage athletes heal faster from injuries. There were a couple UofU football players there when I went this morning and they seem to love it.
Again, not recommending it. Just sharing.
Hope I answered all your questions.
Yes I think it works. When I was at my worst I got several hours of relief.
But now I have been doing so well I haven’t needed to go in the last few months.
Yes I am @A MyFibroTeam Member. But remember, everyone is different and I only have fibro. No other medical conditions.
This is what it's like for me. I go and stand in a chamber with my head sticking out and resting my hands on a ledge so they are also sticking out of the chamber. They turn it on and release liquid nitrogen in a mist. You feel the cold right away. The owner TJ stands there and talks to you for the three minutes you are in the chamber. He likes me to tell him my stories from the ER so the time goes by really fast! Lol! At the very end, I feel a bit uncomfortable and he always says, "15 more seconds". Then it's over. The chamber is opened and you step out. I warm back up in about 30 seconds. By the time I get dressed, I feel a sense of euphoria and all my senses are alive. I have a lot of energy and my pain is very minimal. I sort of feel like Wonder Woman for a while. It's so hard to explain. For me, this feeling lasts for about four to five hours and then my pain starts to return but nothing more then my normal.
I talked to my GP after one treatment to ask her if it was safe and to get her opinion about it. She has several patients that use it for some specific injuries and inflammation and the feedback to her has been positive. Then last week I met with my pain management doc and explained what I had been doing and he was very happy to hear it. He too has had some good feedback from some of his chronic pain patients. He has also had patients that have had no results with cryo. Bottom line, he is a huge advocate about using ice and stretching for different forms of pain so he told me to keep at it as long as I feel I am benefiting.
There was a woman I met at cryotherapy that has fibro. She goes three times a week and is now off all of her medication. She drives over an hour and she said it really works well for her. So I tried an experiment and weened myself off of all my medication except that I take one percocet 5/325 every other day. And sometimes I don't take one at all.
Maybe some of this is psychological but for me, it is improving my quality of life for the time being.
I hope this answers any questions you had. If there are anymore, let me know.