Intravenous Vitamin C for Fibromyalgia and CFS

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We take IV therapy very seriously

In The New York Times it is stated that IV vitamin therapy is the new thing to do to recover from hangovers. Apparently, there are now companies which provide home IV’s by nurses to help you get over a night of heavy partying, so you are in better shape the next day. Health spas are also advertising intravenous vitamins for stronger immune systems and they also claim it leaves your skin more radiant than a facial.

At Mitchell Medical Group, we take intravenous vitamin therapy quite seriously. It’s an important medical treatment to bring pain relief and energy to our patients suffering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

IV therapy has been used for years in hospitals to treat a range of conditions, from dehydration to nutrient-absorption illnesses, but it is progressively offered at independent clinics and over house call-type facilities that pledge to help people feel better without clogging already-burdened emergency sections. And, while it may be most buzzed about as a hangover cure in party cities like Las Vegas, and New Orleans. IV therapy is also given to people with chronic fatigue syndrome, FM and migraines, along with those who want a nutritional, energy, athletic, beauty or immunity boost.

What you put in your body controls how your cells function at the cellular level, and when your cells are working properly, your organs are working properly, and when your organs are working properly and optimally, your overall health improves

What is IV Vitamin Therapy?

Intravenous vitamin therapy dates back thirty years or so, when a Johns Hopkins doctor, Dr. Myers, came up with a mixture vitamin protocol to help his patients. The “Myers cocktail” is a mixture of magnesium, numerous B vitamins and vitamin C to offer a patient’s metabolism with extra vitamins to help cellular and immune function.

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, the leader in Fibro and Fatigue physician magazines, has suggested for suitable patients to follow his S.H.I.N.E protocol (Infection control, Hormone, Nutrition, Sleep, and Exercise) and consume intravenous vitamin therapy to help improve more quickly from their debilitating symptoms.

At Mitchell Medical Group, we cautiously assess the patient to make sure they appear to have a diagnosis from which they can benefit from vitamin therapy. We check blood vitamin levels before we even start to administer any vitamins, whether intravenous or just by injection. We have been doing IV vitamin therapy for over twenty years this way and have assisted thousands of patients.

Stimulatingly, the most popular case that I can recall in the past was the late Norman Cousins, the editor of The Saturday Evening Post. He had at the time, a devastating autoimmune disease that left him bedbound. He received intravenous vitamin C and, in his book, Anatomy of an Illness he wrote on how it helped him improve.

 Why Intravenous Methods?

Why does IV vitamin therapy work better than just oral vitamins? The problem with oral vitamins is absorption. Researchers have reported that only approximately 30% of oral vitamins are absorbed and available to the body. One of the best examples of this is magnesium.

Many patients are now aware of the benefits of magnesium for pain relief but when we do blood work to check the red blood cell magnesium in many patients we find they are still deficient. High dose magnesium which can be achieved with injections or intravenously, help to block the glutamate receptor in the brain that is associated with pain. This is why we find IV or IM magnesium treatment so beneficial to fibromyalgia patients. Magnesium also helps to relax the muscles which can be in spasm from pain.

I do not want to forget to mention the B vitamins as well. In our treatments, we give a mixture of the key B vitamins to help with energy and the nervous system. I am finding more and more patients that have relatively low B vitamins. It’s concerning, because it may reflect that our food sources have less of the B vitamins than they once did. I also am careful to warn my vegetarian patients that it is quite easy to become Vitamin B12 deficient if you don’t eat any animal protein. It’s not that I’m recommending they change their dietary lifestyle, but I do strongly recommend oral B vitamin replacement and supplemental B12 injections as well.

Therefore, intravenous vitamin therapy can be a very safe and helpful treatment to help FM and chronic fatigue and some autoimmune situations. The key is cautious medical supervision before beginning. Honestly, though it would possibly be very cost-effective I cannot see myself setting up an office on a college campus with the shingle: “The Hangover Clinic”. In most circumstances, people just feel better and their energy recovers, they sleep better and just feel lighter.

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