Oxygen is transported dissolved in the blood and also in combination with haemoglobin in the red blood cells. Although haemoglobin carries most of the oxygen, it is only the dissolved oxygen that passes into the tissues. Breathing high levels of oxygen under barometric conditions dissolves more oxygen in the body’s fluids and it can reach areas where the circulation is diminished or blocked, and so improves recovery. Extra oxygen has additional benefits because it greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria. It also reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.
I caught Covid for the first time in August 2021. I never recovered and was then diagnosed with long Covid. There are over 200 symptoms associated with long Covid, and each person can suffer with a different combination. These are my specific symptoms –
Having exhausted everything the NHS had to offer, I chose to try hyperbaric oxygen therapy as I had heard good things from the long Covid community. I began my sessions in January 2023. The team at Suffolk Oxygen could not have been more welcoming and friendly. They answered all my questions, accompanied me for the first session in case of any issues, and have been tremendously supportive.
Oxygen therapy is not a magic wand, but it is an excellent tool to support recovery. I have completed 30 sessions and I’ve noticed a significant improvement in my self assessed scores. My movement is slightly better, my thinking is slightly clearer, and I feel generally brighter about the future. Having gone over a year with no improvements before trying it, I am delighted with the results and would recommend it as a treatment to support Long Covid recovery.