Monday, June 15, 2009


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If you think Fibromyalgia has a great cost to your life:

Wait until you get the bill.

I walked in to get my blood work done, all 24 vials of it and my intravenous drips with all kinds of concoctions for energy and muscle pain and walked out feeling lighter. Physically and financially. I was impressed that there was a glutathione injection into the bag for my immune system.

Glutathione is produced in the liver and is a major antioxidant and anti-viral. It helps your body remove heavy metal toxins from your body. It declines as we age and because of the low levels in the average diet. Basically, it enhances the immune system so it functions at an optimal level. A great deal of research is going on but in patients with Chronic Fatigue and/or Fibromyalgia the glutathione has been deficient. It's an experimental protocol but there has been some glimmer of hope that it will help.

After getting all 24 vials of blood, I asked how long it would take to get the results. The thyroid test that is done takes 3 weeks to get back. I don't think after this blood work there will be much that I don't know about my body.

Then I was led to a room with some wonderful easy chairs and I got hooked up to an IV drip. One bag was for the muscle pain and the other was for the immune system. It takes about 3 hours to get the two bags into you. I sat and put my feet up and just rested.

By the time I left I was trashed. Lightheaded, dizzy, sleepy and just wanting to be home and in bed.

Oh, I forgot. I can get this lovely concoction twice a week.

The cost?

$400 a pop. You do the math.

Like I said.

Fibromyalgia isn't cheap.


  1. Hi Rosemary,
    I was just reading your story above and have a friend who also has fibromyalgia and has been helped immensely with taking a glutathione boosting supplement instead of the costly intravenous treatments. It is clinically proven to raise glutathione levels by 292% in 60 days.
    Definitely worth trying as an alternative.

    Hope this helps! I would be happy to put you in touch with Angela so you can get her story.
    All the best for your recovery,

  2. Sounds like a good example of a learning stage for those with FMS. Dr. have no real clue so they try expensive stuff at your dime to figure it out.

    As I believe FMS is triggered by environmental factors I do not think adding more drugs to my system will help me much and can cause more problems.

    I understand about motivation problems and your hobbies... OMG do I get that one, when I was first diagnosed we had a business selling veggies at the farmers market and I worked full time. 16 hours a day of work... now I am lucky to spend 2 hours a day on hobbies, house work and yard work... Sometimes I just can't force myself to do anything and I am a very driven must be active type person.

    As for advice the only thing I could suggest is try a hobby that involves what you eat and the nutrient content of the foods you like, at the very least with Google it is free...

    Lastly, many people are misdiagnosed with FMS and then end up in the media with a cure of all you gotta do is this or that... but since they never really had the disease the treatments won't work for the rest of us.

    One example is removing MSG from your diet... Big news article all you gotta do is cut out MSG... So I went through my cupboards and found out that I had already done that (with the exception of some cans of soup I was not eating anyways)and had no MSG coming into my body. Now, try and get me to walk through the detergent isle of the supermarket and you will find me holding my breath and getting what I need as quickly as possible to avoid the headaches and nausea the smells cause.

    OMG Sorry for being so long winded, after a decade of FMS I am starting to talk about it and a bit too much talking...

    Thanks, keep up the fight!


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