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Hi AndrewJust a quick note.In November of last year I noticed some spotting in front of my eyes. Being a regular user of glasses since the age of about 12 I went to my optician and had a thorough eye examination and drops put in my eyes so the optician could check my eye health. The optician reported the backs of my eyes as healthy with a slight change of prescription. The spotting he put down to a general degeneration of pieces of gel detaching themselves from the back of the eye. This is still apparent from time to time. What has amazed me today though is that I found my prescription from last November and also the one I had from the year previous to this(2007)There are improvements to the sight in both eyes! This is down in black and white and quite frankly I'm stunned. I mean when the optician said there were changes I naturally presumed he meant worse, not better!
I've now been sleeping inclined for 22 nights. The vein on my calf is flat when I wake in the morning so much so that you can't really even see the vein which looks faint and thin. As soon as I stand up, the vein bulges but instead of it taking until late afternoon to flatten, it seems to flatten again at about 8am and stays that way all day with possibly a small area of very slight bulge (much less than before) when I am exercising and it is under pressure.On Monday evening, it was flat and I went for a hike. It took a lot longer of me walking fast and hard on uneven ground with hills in the heat before it started to bulge as before but then when I have cooled down it goes flat again.I'm hoping eventually that I will wake with it flat and it will stay that way when I get up and start moving around in the morning. Does this sound like IBT is working?
Not sure what this is all about, too tired to read it all, but inclining the bed is NOT a permanent solution to varicose veins. Elevating the legs above the heart will of course make the journey of blood to the legs more difficult, and the veins will shrink. Result. Then what? Either you leave the legs permanently raised, lose the veins, but also lose the blood supply, leading to excrutiating pain and loss of oxygenation to surrounding tissue ultimately, such that the limb deteriorates and deteriorates until gangrene sets in.... Or you do the obvious thing and put it down again. Leg saved, varicose veins back. Your legs need a blood supply to function. The weak valves in the veins are a problem, but cutting off the blood supply to the whole leg is like using a hammer to crack a nut. The more common approach is to cut off the blood supply to one or two of the most troublesome veins, as long as the blood has somewhere else to go. Not a great solution, and ultimately if you have a genetic tendency to weak and bulging veins not a permanent one, but is the tradditional method.Best home remedies? Keep feet elevated for SHORT periods, definitely not overnight. Hours of blood supply being cut off is not good. They used to recommend raising the base of the mattress. Now it is seen to only make the pain worse as the blood can't reach the feet - particularly if there is PAD. Do not squash your veins eg. by sitting with legs crossed. Keep off your feet i.e. don't stand excessively, which causes blood to pool in the legs. Get your IGm blood levels checked for 'stickiness' - may be you need to take a blood thinner. Watch out for clots in the veins which cause localised pain, swelling and fever - known as phlebitis. Or live in outer space where there is not the gravity we have here. Please though let your legs have their share of blood, they deserve it as much as the rest of you.
Anyway, I've been sleeping INCLINED for 4 weeks tomorrow and when I went running tonight according to my hubby who was cycling along behind me, my calf vein was down the whole time until I got home and stopped running when it bulged again. Some days it stays up longer than others and I have noticed it is worse in really warm weather. It does stay flat for long periods of time. It is always flat when I wake in bed in the morning but as soon as I get up it bulges for about an hour or so before lying flat. Did you find that too? Will it ultimately lie flat when I get up and stay flat all the time?
Hi Andrew,I created my third account with Yahoo today and it finally took! So I have set-up an account with Flickr and uploaded photos and video. I redid the bad video I took yesterday in better lighting and I was not holding the camera as I was taping myself so it was not too close which made for better video.I am now trying to figure out how to upload to this site even though you will not see a difference yet, just getting ready for the future  If nothing turns up, you will know I had a problem. I will keep trying.Maureen
As my name indicates, I am merely just another patient, not a vascular scientist. Just stumbled upon this website while doing some web research on varicose veins. Does anyone have experience with double tilted beds, i.e., sleeping on belly with feet low towards one end of the bed and head lowered towards the other end of the bed? Or else, sleeping in supine position? Or would a double tilt be counter-indicative for problem veins located above the heart, as in shoulders, neck or temples? [?]
Thanks, Andrew. Very helpful indeed. Blissfully unaware of what you advocate on this website, I have taken to sleeping in one of these huge, overstuffed leather reclining chairs, since about a month or so. This lowers my feet at an angle similar to what you propose. Good for me feet and legs, while at the same time avoiding pressure damage. My issue is, what about the parts of the body above the heart. Would sleeping with both, feet and head, down be a beneficial solution, like in: /\ headfeet / This obviously at angles differently from what illustrated here. I am not the best artist, but willing to come up with any suitable construction.Sleeping on a flat bed has become next to impossible for me, and your findings encourage me to actually discuss my situation with my physician. Unnaked as can be, have not done so yet, for fear he would recommend against my sleeping with feet lowered. I can now support my arguments for choice in sleeping arrangements with your research. The upper parts of my body still worry me.I like your observations on salt concentrations in soil. We have irrigation zones where this occurs.Thanks, again, Andrew. Best,Dagmar.
Hi AndrewI tried IT for 4 weeks and my husband refuses to do it any longer since he can't sleep inclined very well. Is there a way for me to incline myself and still acheive the same effect as if I inclined the whole bed? Thanks! BTW, I have only noticed an improvement in the achiness of my VV and haven't noticed any improvement in the appearance.Thanks!Ericka