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Old 05-20-2004, 06:24 AM   #1
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Light may ease pain

This supposedly can significantly reduce pain and numbness that prescription medications cannot defeat by passing near-infrared light through the skin. Physical therapists are using this for diabetic neuropathy which is characterized by numbness, sometimes pain and weakness in extremities. The new treatment involves wrapping a flexible rectangular pad that houses a light to problem area for 30 minutes. The pad passes near-infrared light through the skin and into the body's deeper tissues that gradually release energy and stimulate healing. The primary mechanism is release of nitric oxide gas. The treatment has been used for swelling associated with amputations, wound healing, fibromyalgia, arthritis and some ulcers. (TT)

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Old 05-20-2004, 09:28 PM   #2
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My doctor is in internal medicine, but says she is a generalist. Although I like her better than any of the many other doctors I have had since being diagnosed with FMS, I am having trouble getting her to refer me to specialists. I have had a myriad of tests recently, among which was an EMG (nerve conduction test) to see why my feet ache, are numb, and get electical shocks. The test showed that I have carpal tunnel in both my wrists. Oh, goodie! Now I get to wear wrist splints. I walk with a cane now because I lost my balance, fell, and sprained the tendons/muscles on the outside of my left leg above my ankle. Have you ever tried to walk with a cane--wearing wrist splints? Ouch! I am such a mess--I have to laugh to keep from crying! Anyway, if I went to a neurologist, would he/she know what I was talking about if I mentioned I would like to try light therapy? How new is it? Thanks, and lets just try to hang-in-there.

Old 05-21-2004, 06:24 AM   #3
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I sympathize with you as it took me 2 years before I was referred to rheumatologist which I am seeing next week. The nephrologist who is only doctor who had extensive blood tests done on me called her in on conference about a year ago and she confirmed diagnosis of fibro as being correct and then did not have guts to call me but sent me a letter stating he was limited in his field and that I should return to my primary care doctor. By the way I only saw her once for a physical as she had run me over the rail about fibro being just a basket of symptoms and we definitely had a personality conflict and I would not go back to her if I was dying. (TT)

Old 05-24-2004, 11:55 AM   #4
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Re: Light may ease pain

I purchased this unit on my own from this outfit called Light Force Therapy, which is nothing but a bunch of LED's (light emitting diodes). However though I tried it had no effect. I couldn't even tell if the muscle fibers were getting warm.

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