There is some very exciting news for patients with MS! Saskatchewan’s Premier, Brad Wall, announced yesterday, that Saskatchewan is willing to fund trials of what is being called the liberation treatment for MS. It is said that Saskatchewan may have the highest rates of MS patients in Canada.
The liberation treatment is a procedure that is being done in several countries throughout the world, but has not yet been available in Canada. Westmount Square Medical Imaging, in Montreal, has been offering screening for this procedure, however they have now announced on their website that they are no longer. They posted a message saying:
“Please note that we are no longer booking the Jugular Vein Doppler for Venous Insufficiency. We have been advised by the college des medecins to hold off on them until they officially rule on the practice of this exam. We regret the inconvenience this may cause however we have agreed to comply with this request and will not offer this service until further notice.”
For MS patients who fear that time may be running out, they have spent tens of thousands of dollars to travel to countries such as Poland and Hungary, just to name a couple, so that they can access this treatment. Like with any procedures, this one also comes with risks, however may people are feeling that the potential benefits from having this procedure done, far outweigh the potential risks which could be involved. MS patients who have had this procedure done, are reporting improvement.
Researchers believe there may be a link between “chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency” (CCSVI) and MS. It is my understanding, CCSVI is a condition where the blood flow within the cervical and thoracic veins is interrupted because of these veins being blocked. This interrupts proper blood flow to the heart, and causes a reflux, where the blood that is supposed to be flowing down to the heart, is going back up to the brain instead. Screening for CCSVI is done by a Doppler ultrasound, with enables the person performing the ultrasound, to examine the blood flow, among other things.
The liberation treatment involves inserting and inflating a “ballon” to eliminate the blockage, and enable the blood to flow properly.
For more information, and to watch the story of a Canadian woman who decided to travel all the way to Poland to have the screening & procedure done, please visit CBC News – Health – MS blogger’s surgery journey.
May this bring those of you living with MS, hope for the future in getting an effective treatment! You never know how this may end up being the gateway to discovering an effective treatment to many other illnesses, and we may all benefit from this one day!
Sending you all a ton of gentle hugs, and wishing you sweet dreams!
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