Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) is a chronic condition in which blood from the brain has difficulty returning to the heart. It is caused by a narrowing in neck veins (and potentially others as well) that drain the central nervous system.
In some cases, there is a development of alternate veins in an attempt to facilitate additional drainage. The research suggests that because these compensatory blood vessels do not have the same wall integrity as larger veins, they leak cellular waste into the adjacent tissue, resulting in an accumulation of toxins.
The discovery, and more importantly the surgical repair for CCSVI, has miraculous application to MS, but also to other diseases that has a vascular aspect that is a significant factor in the neurological component of the disease, such as neurological Lyme disease.
CCSVI and its treatment were pioneered by researcher, former vascular surgeon and professor Dr. Paulo Zamboni in Italy, whose wife suffered with MS. It is thanks to Dr. Zambonia’s tireless work that there are now hundreds of previously disabled MS victims who are now able to function and live their lives fully.
The success of this treatment has slowly made itself known to other diseases that could benefit from the same application. Due to the huge, but unknowable number of misdiagnosed MS patients who are actually suffering from Lyme disease, there is an exciting question about the possibility of the CCSVI treatment helping victims of neurological Lyme disease with some of the most disabling symptoms such as ‘Lyme Fog’, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, difficulty remembering words, thoughts, speech, how to write, how to walk, emotional disturbances and unbalance, and/or as Thane Fredrickson calls it, ‘mental fatigue’.
Thane’s doctor considered CCSVI as a possibility in his condition and after appropriate tests verified his condition, Thane had surgery which significantly reduced the symptoms he suffered with his neurological ‘mental fatigue.’
Although Thane is the first to admit that he still battles the Lyme disease, those of us who struggle each day with Thane know that a large part of victory is being able to function like a normal person, and that means eliminating, or at the very least reducing, the debilitating symptoms of chronic neurological Lyme disease.
It will be exciting to see if his surgery continues to give him relief.