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    Hypoxia therapy

    Has anyone had any experience of intermittent hypoxia (simulated altitude) for respiratory functioning? There seems to be emerging research in the area, does anyone have any further information?

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    My husband was regularly admitted to hospital with CO2 retention (Hypoxia). His treatment was to be put onto a BiPap machine to extract the CO2. They took blood from his inner wrist to check his levels until they reduced.

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    Newbie,

    I remember reading about IH some years back and thinking it sounded counter-intuitive, but interesting. The research doesn't seem to have progressed any.

    Good luck with your search. I suspect you need a very good FVC and little phrenic involvement to even consider trying IH?

    Ellie x.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.
    Eye gaze user - No working limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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    Thank you for your replies.
    I confess to not knowing much about it. A family member is a sports scientist and he keeps an eye out for anything als/MND related.
    I mentioned it to my consultant and he was unaware. If anyone is interested, these are the links he sent me.

    Unexpected benefits of intermittent hypoxia:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4073945/

    Intermittent hypoxia and stem cell implants preserve breathing capacity:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3733409/

    Intermittent hypoxia and respiratory plasticity:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11356815

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    Hi, Is this all about nerve stimulation? I read that if you hum a song and then stick your head in cold water that stimulates the phrenic nerve. My other half does this every day but this is not a recommendation just something he does. Fru

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