An oxygen therapy centre in Nottingham is being used by people who are suffering from long Covid symptoms.
The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Tennis Street South, Nottingham, offers high dosage oxygen therapy in its oxygen chambers and is the only centre to offer such treatments in the county.
And while studies around long Covid and its treatment are still ongoing, there are signs that the therapy may be beneficial to those who are struggling with the illness.
Manager Julie Wesson says the chambers appear to be helping those with long Covid who are visiting the centre.
She told Nottinghamshire Live: “One of the symptoms of MS is fatigue, and people have been coming for oxygen therapy for years to help with this.
“One of the main symptoms of long Covid appears to be fatigue as well. As a charity, we decided to open our doors to people with different conditions years ago, so we get people who suffer from things such as chronic fatigue and cancer.”
She added: “There’s been so many people affected by it – if we can help relieve their symptoms then that’s great.”
The pressurised chamber is designed to help those who are starved of oxygen, by supplying it in high doses.
Those in the chamber breathe oxygen through a mask inside the chamber, and visit a number of times as part of a treatment plan in the hope that oxygen saturation within the plasma is increased to a higher level.
Any evidence that the chambers help those suffering with long Covid is, at the moment, purely anecdotal – as the illness is relatively new and global studies on its effects are not yet completed.
One customer, who suffers from fatigue, says he was “given his life back” after receiving the therapy.
They said: “One of the things that the lockdown has highlighted to me and my wife, is it shows how much a positive effect of having my HBO does on me and how much it combats my fatigue.”
“In normal times, I go and watch Notts County,” they continued.
“And before I started HBO, I would be that tired after the game, I would fall asleep in the car coming home and that would be me for the rest of Saturday. Now I have HBO, that doesn’t happen now.
“My life is tough enough as it is, but without it I dread to think how and where I’ll be now, but it certainly couldn’t be where I am now, it certainly has given me my life back.”
To contact the Multiple Scerosis Therapy Centre, visit www.theoxygencentre.org.uk