My name is Melinda Johnson and I suffered with foot pain for many years. I went to see a podiatrist and after an examination, I was told that I had heel spur syndrome. I followed the recommendations of my doctor by doing at home treatments along with physical therapy. I was amazed at how much these treatments helped my foot pain. Living with pain can have a big impact on your life and that's why I started this blog. My foot pain kept me from doing many things that I enjoy and I want to help others who are going through the same situation. As you browse through my blog, you'll learn about home treatments, medical procedures and new advancements in medicine that can help reduce pain. It is my hope that by writing this blog, you can live pain free too.
Numerous diseases are referred to as "autoimmune disorders." With these disorders, the body's immune system begins attacking healthy tissue. There are some treatments that already exist to help fight this problem, but stem cell therapy might be able to serve as an alternative treatment.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
Stem cells can come from your own fat tissue or can come from umbilical cord blood. The stem cells have anti-inflammatory properties. This can help fight the inflammatory response that is triggered by the body's immune system.
Why Stem Cells and Not Traditional Treatments?
While traditional treatments can be very effective and have improved over time, they can also come with serious side effects including an increased cancer risk. The stem cells regulate the immune system without compromising the ability of the immune system to fight diseases. They promote healing and are also very well-tolerated. There isn't a long recovery period like with other treatment methods.
What to Expect from a Stem Cell Treatment?
In most cases, the stem cells will be injected into the patient intravenously. In some cases, you might need the stem cells to be injected into a certain area of your body such as your joints.
Are There Any Preparations I Need to Make?
If you would like to receive a stem cell treatment, you will want to bring this up with your doctor. Your doctor might decide that you're the right candidate for a stem cell treatment and will give you advice on how to prepare.
Your doctor will likely give you supplements in the form of a pill or fluid. Make sure to inform your doctor about any other medications you are taking so the medications do not conflict with the supplements. Your doctor will likely inform you of what you should eat or not eat so your blood is clean to prepare you for the stem cell treatment.
If your doctor recommends that you take preparations that you are not sure about, make sure to ask her about it so you can confirm. Your doctor can explain why a particular step is important.
What Should I Expect Afterward?
You will likely want to bring a friend or family member with you after the stem cell therapy treatment procedure. In many cases, you'll be able to drive home yourself. However, depending on the procedure used, you might feel exhausted and may not feel comfortable driving home by yourself.