CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A United States veteran who was unable to walk for 5 years tries a new breakthrough treatment and is now able to stand and walk and is improving everyday! As an officer and aviator in the United States Coast Guard, Terry Stagg saw his fair share of challenges in his 21 years of serving his country. But it was a viral meningitis infection in 1983 that may have triggered his biggest challenge yet. Terry was diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) in 2006, and everyday is a struggle to do what most people take for granted. CBS news recently featured a news story about a new breakthrough in treating his condition.
When asked about how his Inclusion Body Myositis affected his life, Terry stated, "Over the years, my symptoms became worse and I had severe weakness in my hips and legs and I started using a cane. Eventually, I was not able to walk and was in a wheelchair and remained that way for 5 years. I have seen many neurologists from The University of Southern Alabama and St. Anthony's, had a biopsy, and was told that this is a progressive disease and there is no cure. The doctors also told me that I would be paralyzed for the rest of my life. I tried various treatments, but I continued to have severe muscle weakness and atrophy."
Terry went on to say how he found out about IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy for the treatment of his muscle weakness, "After a consultation, Dr. Hanna suggested I try IV Ketamine, and said he has had great results with other autoimmune patients."
Terry described his results after the treatment, "The IV Ketamine treatments helped me tremendously, after only a few visits, I was able to lift my feet onto my wheelchair and I have been able to walk with a walker."
Dr. Ashraf Hanna, a board certified physician and director of pain management at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, Florida, discussed his breakthrough treatment, "I want to be clear that I am not a neurologist, and I recommend exploring all conventional IBM treatments prescribed by the patient's neurologist. There is no cure for Inclusion Body Myositis, but since I was already successfully using IV Ketamine for CRPS/RSD, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy and Lyme Disease, with over 7,000 infusions to date, I wanted to expand the treatment for Inclusion Body Myositis. Ketamine works on the immune system and is anti-inflammatory to the brain."
"What we have found after just a few treatments, patients report improvement of their symptoms and can begin to move their limbs and attempt to walk. Ketamine provides hope to patients that previously may have been told that nothing more can be done."