Today I started a new treatment called IV Laser Therapy. It was developed in Germany and has been used in Europe for a long time. The clinic here has been using it for about a year now and has seen good progress with it, especially with autoimmune problems. As the blood circulates through the vein, it passes through the laser. What does the laser do exactly and how does it work? Well, I'm not totally sure. All I know is that it is giving pain relief to people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other painful diseases. It is also giving them their energy back. Once I understand more how this works, I will let you know!
Here is the machine.
They start a normal IV, then put the catheter in and hook it up to the machine. There are red, blue, and green lasers. Each laser is used for 10 minutes, so the treatment is 30 minutes total. Today it took longer to get the IV started than it did to do the actual treatment. As usual my veins were hard to find.
This is the blue one. The circle that is on my arm is where the catheter in the vein stops. That laser is shining up through the vein and skin.
The red one.
The red and green were so bright that they covered my arm up with a blanket! It was crazy how bright they were when you looked at them.
The doctor recommends that I do this twice a week for five weeks, and then we will re-evaluate. During the treatment I didn't feel anything. I could feel the end of the catheter poking my vein since it was so long, so that was a little painful, but other than that it was fine! I don't really feel any different now either, but it could take several treatments to see a difference.
It's a very interesting treatment! I'm excited to see what happens with it.