Manitoba woman shares story about personal experience with controversial treatment for MS
Published Friday, July 2, 2010 3:38PM CST
A Manitoba woman who travelled to Egypt to receive a controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis said she's noticed a major change in her health.
"It went very well. I'm feeling awesome. I have a lot more energy," said Nicole Benes.
She underwent the procedure called the liberation treatment in May after getting tested for CCSVI, or blocked jugular veins. Some doctors believe that condition causes MS.
Benes said the procedure, which involved tiny balloons being inserted into her veins, didn't take long. While the surgery and trip to Egypt cost thousands of dollars, Benes calls it an investment.
"It really goes to show that this works…I don't think it's a cure in any means, I really don't. I don't think I've been cured, but I do feel that my quality of life has improved.
On top of having more energy, Benes said her MS symptoms, such as numbness, cold hands and feet and vertigo, have vanished.
"It's an amazing transformation, for sure," said Benes.
"It's wonderful to actually have my wife back…and actually have us living life again," said Benes' husband Roman.
Benes said she has faith her health will continue to improve. For follow-up monitoring after undergoing the procedure, Benes will have to travel to the U.S.
- with a report from CTV's Susan Tymofichuk