Musculoskeletal pain, mood swings, fatigue, memory loss are all symptoms of fibromyalgia. Many patients go months if not years without a diagnosis due to the vague symptoms. Head trauma, emotional stress, neurological infections can all trigger fibromyalgia and approximately 1/70 females in the US suffers from fibromyalgia.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have published in PLOS ONE which utilized hyperbaric oxygen treatments to treat fibromyalgia. This treatment reduced and in some cases eliminated the use of pain medications for patients with fibromyalgia. Dr. Efrati stated “As a physician, the most important finding for me is that 70% of the patients could recover from their fibromyalgia symptoms. The most exciting finding for the world of research, however, is that we were able to map the malfunctioning brain regions responsible for the syndrome.” Use of hyperbaric oxygen chambers address the cause of fibromyalgia, the brain pathology which causes the syndrome.