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Reduction of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Through Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: Results of a Pilot Clinical Trial

Patrick B. Massey, MD, PhD

Abstract
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic medical condition characterized by widespread pain, specific tender points, fatigue, and sleep disturbances primarily affecting women between 20 and 65 years old.1,2 Prevalence increases with age until after 65 and then rapidly declines. FM is 3 times more common in women than in men, and risk factors include trauma, middle age, lower education level and household income, divorce, and disability.3,4

Conventional medical therapies for FM include antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and other pain medications.2,4-6 Exercise, nutrition, acupuncture, and stress reduction also may be effective at reducing the symptoms of FM.7-9 However, no one therapy seems to be universally effective.9

There is anecdotal evidence that a specific combination of both intravenous vitamins and minerals (modified Myers formula) may reduce pain and increase energy in patients with FM.10 However, documentation of any benefit of this specific intravenous nutrient combination, for any medical condition, is limited to a clinical report of intravenous nutrient therapy

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