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Steroids and High Intraoccular Pressure – Part III “Getting Great Results”

With a situation like high intraoccular eyeball pressure, you can expect to be checking the eyeball pressure and condition of the optic nerve and retina surface every 30 days to assess the effectiveness of the treatments. Ideally, there is no damage from the steroid use and treatments are bringing the eyeball pressure down into the normal range. A normal pressure is considered between 10 and 20 millimeters mercury (mmHg) of pressure. At the peak of steroid use we were seeing 42 and 44 mmHg which was putting her into the danger zone for potential optic and retina damage. After 5 months off steroids, her pressure was down to 14 and 15 mmHg consistently for 60 days. This made everyone sigh with relief. The numbers came down in this order: 44, 32, 29, 24, 22, 19, 18, 16, 14. So you can see that the combination of 2 prescription eyedrops, homeopathic remedies, Epsom salt baths, osteopathic and nutritional therapy all contributed to a steady progression of better eyeball pressure.

Current Strategy: Today, at 19 months of age, exactly 13 months since starting the steroids and 5 months off them, her eyeball pressure is at 14 mmHg and we are hoping for 12 at next testing. We continue to administer the two Rx eyedrops twice daily and the homeopathic Prednisonium 6X once a week and continue to see greater cognitive/physical milestone developments emerge. Once we reach either a 3rd consistent measure of 14 mmHg or a 12 mmHg pressure we can discontinue 1 of the Rx eyedrops. A 30 day follow-up to removing that drug will reveal if the eye is stable at 12-14 mmHg at which point we would remove the last Rx eyedrop or if the eye pressure goes up we will return to the drug we eliminated. The homeopathic remedy will continue until we feel that all the side effects to steroids has been reversed in her body.

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Children with Down Syndrome

Osteopathic medicine relies on the principle that body structure and function are in a dynamic relationship with each other. They influence and affect one another. There is an old axiom about “form follows function” but in osteopathy, “function follows form.”

Let’s look at some of the genetic issues surrounding DS where structure is affected and consequently function, then at how manipulative treatments can help a child. Keep in mind, not all children with DS have these issues, but they often have one or more.

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Newborns with Down Syndrome

Osteopathy is the medical discipline of re-establishing and maintaining the natural relationship of bones, muscles, membranes, tissues and fluids within the body. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) supports the body in such a way that it can encourage the body to heal itself. OMT is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of manipulation.

Infants often fall asleep during treatment, but they can also squirm and shift around during treatment which helps them release problem areas.

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