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#517420 - 07/16/17 07:04 AM Radon Therapy Czech Republic
Luigi Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
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Did a three week treatment back in May (the fourth treatment in the last 10 years). Now the effects of the radon are taking hold and I'm feeling great- inflammation down to nothing. I'm expecting this relief from pain and stiffness to last for at least a year (differs from person to person). I've written about my experiences here before (from 2007 on).

If you're curious about Jachymov- the Radon Spa town in the Northwestern part of the Czech republic- I suggest you research it. They even give a discount to people with AS because the treatment is so effective for our disease.

I have stayed at a couple of the spas in town, but the best for me is Radium Palace. There are much cheaper options too.

Luigi

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#517441 - 07/20/17 06:38 PM Re: Radon Therapy Czech Republic [Re: Luigi]
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It makes me so nervous because I'm on an TNF inhibitor and Radon is a cancer risk.

My father had X-ray therapy back in the 40s and it cleared up his disease pretty much for life. Other than a few BCCs from his time in the South Pacific in WWII he never got cancer (and nobody in my family has ever had cancer except for my aunt, who has CML).

I've begged for it. My rheumatologist just said: "not available anymore." *sigh*

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1496076/


Edited by MikeGinnyMD (07/20/17 06:39 PM)

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#517445 - 07/21/17 07:50 AM Re: Radon Therapy Czech Republic [Re: MikeGinnyMD]
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Originally Posted By MikeGinnyMD


My father had X-ray therapy back in the 40s and it cleared up his disease pretty much for life.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1496076/


It was back in the early 1960s. that I had radiotherapy (x-ray treatment) for my A.S. I was not as lucky as your father as it did me no good but at least neither did it give me cancer. It did however lead to nerve damage (Neuropathy) at the lower spine and down the legs.

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#517453 - 07/23/17 09:13 AM Re: Radon Therapy Czech Republic [Re: Luigi]
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The amount of radiation one gets from a 3-week treatment in Jachymov is equivalent to one chest x-ray.

It's not the same thing as living in a house with radon where you're living in it and breathing it 12+ hours every day for years and years... that's when one should be concerned about getting cancer from radon (as are a lot of things if taken in excess).

People all over Eastern Europe come to Jachymov year after year for "the cure". Of course one has to do what feels right for them- for me, this felt right. Funny, I've never done the TNF thing because I worry about its risk


Edited by Luigi (07/23/17 09:22 AM)

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#517454 - 07/24/17 05:42 AM Re: Radon Therapy Czech Republic [Re: Luigi]
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Originally Posted By Luigi


I've never done the TNF thing because I worry about its risk


No matter what we do there is always some risk. All we can do is balance up the risk against any benefit. Anti-TNF was the best thing I ever had well to start with anyway.

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#517470 - 08/01/17 10:51 AM Re: Radon Therapy Czech Republic [Re: Frederick]
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You're absolutely right.

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