This medical video focuses on an old treatment which is now being used to treat Fibromyalgia with great success.
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Pamela Kennedy: Encourage my soul. Jennifer Matthews: Pamela Kennedy sings every day to the little boy, she thought she would never have. Pamela Kennedy: With fibromyalgia, I have had pain for the last 15 years in all my joints. So we were trying to have children, but I was never able to conceive. Jennifer Matthews: Pamela adopted little Kenton. She lovingly takes care of him while living every minute with muscle aches and fatigue. Pamela Kennedy: It's really hard, especially because he's not walking and he's heavy. I take pain pills all day. Jennifer Matthews: The pills help relieve nerve cells that are highly sensitive. Dr. Roland Staud: So these patients with minor activities experience significant pain. Jennifer Matthews: A new twist on an old drug may help. Dextromethorphan is an ingredient commonly found in cough syrup, but doctors found it also targets nerve cells. Dr. Roland Staud: The activity of these nerve cells is significantly decreased and resulting in less amplification of pain. Jennifer Matthews: But the levels found in cough syrup are not strong enough. A special dose needs to be taken to feel a difference. Pamela Kennedy: So where could find something where I could be lucid all day and be a mom that would be very good. Jennifer Matthews: Very good for Pamela and her son. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.