Janice Morrison - Oxygen treatment for Opsoclonus Myoclonus

I am a lady over 50 married with grown up children. I suffer from Opsoclonus Myoclonus , a rare neurological condition. This condition hospitalised me for 8 months, in which time I was in an awake coma, unable to open my eyes. When discharged, after some months Trafford Carers advised me to consider the Oxygen treatment at the Therapy Centre, which I did with some trepidation. My doctor had to be consulted and she had no objections.

The management at the centre suggested several visits close together to start with and then to top up every so often as an individual needs. I followed this routine and immediately beneficial effects were experienced. My bladder control improved from me waking six or seven times in the night to now getting up once a night.

Because of the Oxygen I feel more relaxed, stronger and more energetic. My general condition has also improved, the shaking that was so severe has reduced dramatically. My balance has improved but I still need a walking stick. However before Oxygen treatment I had to use a wheelchair for any distance.

These improvements were outweighed by the social interaction and support of other centre users who I socialise with over a cup of tea. Usually someone there is experiencing a similar situation to me and can offer advice. I have also participated in other activities in the centre including Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. My husband operates the chambers as a volunteer. I attend the centre twice a week.

Janice Morrison

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