After an amputation, many people fall into an accelerated rate of decline, with 70% dying within five years, or having a second or third amputation, according to the National Institutes of Health.
So imagine your doctor telling you all this, then imagine him telling you that all you have to do to improve your chance of salvaging your limbs by 78%-89%, is to get into a chamber that is roughly the size of am MRI machine, and in some cases bigger, that has a clear acrylic window you can see out of more than 180 degrees all around. Not only that but you will also have cool, fresh oxygen circulating throughout the whole treatment with the ability to communicate at any time with a nurse, if you want, or you can just lay back and relax while watching TV or a movie of your choice. Most people would say sign me up , anything to save my leg. Then there are that select few however, that would take the life of additional problems facing amputation, serious illness from infection and possibly even death, for one reason and one reason only claustrophobia.
Lots of people suffer from claustrophobia, for some it only causes a mild discomfort but for others the result can lead to debilitating panic attacks. Most symptoms people may experience are sweating, accelerated heartbeat, shaking, hyperventilation, light-headedness, fainting and or, a fear of actual imminent physical harm.
Many claustrophobes describe their fear as being more a result of a perceived inability to escape. This is perhaps one reason why many claustrophobes are fine in a particular room until someone closes the door or a particular window. You will find them sitting close to doors, avoiding confined spaces and situations that may bring on an attack. This may in turn effect their social life by not getting on that airplane to go on vacation with family or friends and declining invites View More »