My Third Autologous Stem Cell Treatment for MS

Srem CellsStem cells are cells that can self-renew to produce more stem cells. Adult stem cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues.

Autologous stem cell process is a medical procedure in which stem cells are collected and later given back to the same person.

Dr. Balshi explained that Adipose Derived Stem Cell treatment is a simple procedure for the patient.  A liposuction is done and the stem cells are extracted from the fat In the clinic.

These hibernating stem cells are isolated and activated with our own platelets.  Then stem cell enriched blood is injected into our bodies. It takes about 3 or four hours in the clinic.

During my ‘pre-op’ appointment, Dr. Balshi explained that he will include the stem-cell enriched blood in my IV to have a general overall coating of the stem cells in my body.  He also said he’d directly inject the stem cell enriched blood to any place on my body that I would like more consideration.

I told him I was waking up in the morning with neuro pain in my feet and calves so he injected some stem cells in my legs.

Dr. Balshi told of many MS patients who have seen great improvements.  He said that one woman, who was newly diagnosed only needed one treatment and her symptoms were completely healed.

The technician told me that one of the patients had an MRI done after her third treatment and the plaques are completely gone from her brain.  Gives me great hope.

The nurse gave me the sleeping drug and I fell asleep quickly.

Dr. Balishi told me this 3rd procedure details were the same as my 2nd treatment:

  • Lower abdominal area anesthetized with lidocaine and normal saline
  • 120cc of fat was harvested
  • Fat processed with centrifuge and lethicin
  • Stem Cells isolated
  • Stem cells combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma) for activation
  • Cell count performed 1.5 billion cells estimated
  • Cells administered via peripheral IV, intra muscular and intra nasal
  • The liposuction was done on my right thigh at my request

Just as last time, I woke up as the nurse was assisting me with dressing.

I’m grateful my mom was with me as the instructions were given for our follow up appointment because even though I was feeling great, I probably wouldn’t have remembered.

As long as I get enough sleep, I still feel consistently as healthy as I felt before I had my first major MS attack in November of 2000.

It is amazing that I feel so well and yet I’m still using a walker, we’ll see what the future has in store for me!

If you’d like to contact Dr. Balshi to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure, call him at (561) 272-6000(561) 272-6000.

Linda Grace Cox

Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

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