In this medical video learn how in recent clinical trials, intravenous micronutrient therapy (IVMT) has provided pain relief for patients with fibromyalgia.
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Jennifer Matthews: Three years ago, Jeanne Langlais couldn't pick up a brush to fulfill her favorite pastime. Jeanne Langlais: I couldn't paint anymore, I couldn't lift my arms up. Your thighs ached when you stood up, my arms ached, my neck ached. I couldn't understand why. Jennifer Matthews: Jeanne also could not exercise. The chronic muscle pain forced her into early retirement. After two years of tests, she finally got the diagnosis, fibromyalgia, but finding a treatment was another story. Jeanne Langlais: Anti-inflammatories, pain killers, anti-depressants, and none of them worked for me. Jennifer Matthews: So Jeanne sought an alternative treatment called intravenous micronutrient therapy. IVMT is a cocktail of highly concentrated vitamins injected into the vein. Jeanne Langlais: About the fifth treatment, I started to feel better and by the sixth treatment I had no pain, I was clicking my heels. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. David Katz, a Yale trained physician, is one of a few doctors using IVMT. He has treated more than 60 patients so far. About 80% of them have had good results Dr. David Katz: If I'm able to help patients who for years have suffered and couldn't find help, it doesn't get any better than that. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. Katz is conducting a clinical trial on IVMT sponsored by the National Institute of Health. He says the treatment has few side effects, but a major drawback is cost. It's not covered by insurance, not yet at least. Dr. David Katz: If we prove that this is a cost-effective therapy for fibromyalgia, it then becomes a reimbursable commodity. Jennifer Matthews: For Jeanne, the 55-dollar weekly injections are a hardship, but she'll continue them she says, because of the promising picture they paint for a future without pain. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.