Stem Cell Treatment for MS

Incontinence Pons PictureStem 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 Cells treatment is a simple procedure for the patient. In the clinic, our 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.

Dr. Balshi asked if there is any place on my body that I would like more attention. I told him about the incontinence issue and it seems to me that the Pontine Storage Center is damaged. Pelviperneology.cog is a great resource for information.

Dr. Balshi said he’d target the area of my pons. He told me the procedure details :

  • 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 nurse gave me the sleeping drug and I was asleep in about two minutes.

The liposuction was done on my tummy at my request to hopefully smooth out the dimples I acquired misusing the Copaxone autoject. A very snug brace was Velcroed around my torso.

I woke up as the nurse was assisting me as I dressed.

I felt clearheaded, yet I didn’t remember all the instructions the nurses gave me about my follow-up appointment and brace removal. I’m grateful my mom was with me.

I left the doctors office feeling as strong as I was when I came. I haven’t yet seen significant improvements in my walking or incontinence but I feel incredibly healthy, consistently well as I felt before I had my first major MS attack in November, 2000.

It will be exciting to see how my body improves!

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.

Come back and let me know if you have decided to participate in this treatment.

Linda Grace Cox

 

 

Image courtesy of Pelviperineology.org 

Linda Grace Cox - headshot to right - 150x150 About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 50 years old, happily married with eight children and 12 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.

8 comments for “Stem Cell Treatment for MS

  1. September 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Three cheers for you feeling incredibly healthy Linda! Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us. Here’s hoping that wellness continues to grow and bless your physical, emotional & spiritual health.

    ~Trish:-)
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  2. September 16, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Wow! That is something I did not even know you could have done outside of clinical trials right now. I was just reading about a couple of different stem cell studies, it sounds very promising, but I also learned there are many types of stem cells and they do different things at different points in their lifecycle. I’ll have to learn more about this, but hope you post an update later!
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    • September 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Judy,
      I totally agree with you, the reason I chose this treatment is because it takes my stem cells activates them and reinject them into my body so I don’t have anyone else’s stem cells in me.
      It will be fun to see where this all goes…
      ~Linda
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  3. September 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Linda,
    Since being diagnosed (Oct. 2011) I have been researching and looking for stem cell type therapy. I am assuming with the (561) area code, that this procedure was done in Florida? That is where I live.
    It sounds like everything was done in one trip, is that the case?
    As I can assume insurance will not help with this, what was the cost of the procedure?
    I see about a week since your last post, are you experiencing improvements to your particular symptoms?
    Chris
    Thank you so much for any answers and for being a pioneer in our search for better treatments (I am on copaxone).

    • September 22, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Chris,
      Yes, Dr. Balshi is right there in Florida, and no, the procedure is not covered by insurance. Call Dr. Balshi and talk to him about the cost (and mention my name, Linda G. Cox with MSrelief.com so he knows where you heard!).

      Yes I am feeling benefits! Yesterday I went to Walmart, and usually I meet a friend there and she brings me a motorized wheelchair and I can ride in to shop.

      Yesterday I was early and there was a grocery cart right next to where I parked. I was strong enough to get out of the car, grab the grocery cart, use it as a Walker and make it into the store by myself. I slid onto a motorized wheelchair, did my shopping and I was able to get back out to the parking lot by myself. As I was loading my bags into the car, a woman walked up and was ready to take the scooter to use it next.

      We had a wonderful conversation, both able to share how we had become better people because of our illness..
      ~Linda
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  4. Chris
    September 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for information on this stem cell treatment. I will check into it further.

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