Intravenous (IV) therapy for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

I have been reading about IV therapy for years, and FINALLY pulled the plug last week and had my first appointment with a naturopath in Burlington who specializes in administering this type of therapy. I’m sure what kept me from going all these years was my fear of needles…

I had a quick appointment with the doctor (who was fabulous by the way – 10 thumbs up) – I would have asked if she was looking to hire a nutritionist in her practice if she didn’t already have one working there! She asked me a bunch of questions about my fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, insomnia, etc. and we had a quick chat about the IV. It was kinda neat to talk to the doctor as more of a colleague than a patient, because everything she mentioned I understood and have studied in school 🙂

She asked how I am with needles – I’m fine with injections in the arms or butt, but in the veins in my arms and hands, I am HORRIBLE. Because I was poked and prodded as a kid before my diagnosis, I have become utterly TERRIFIED of having anyone inject needles into my arm veins. My veins are TEENY TINY and are hard to find, so the anticipation of having the needle just kills me! Mind over matter Lex! She was SO understanding, and basically told me I probably developed some sort of PTSD from my needle experiences as a kid and never got over it – makes sense. She spent quite a bit of time looking for my veins, and she wanted to be absolutely sure before we poked me. Once she put heat onto my vein in my right arm for 5-10 minutes, she was able to see and feel it a bit more, so she poked (it stung a bit) and then we were done! She walked me over to this cozy leather lazyboy chair, gave me an iPad to watch netflix on (I chose friends of course), brought me a peppermint tea, and I was good to go to let the IV drip into me for an hour.

She mentioned that some people develop bruising in their arm, taste the vitamins and minerals, or feel faint during the IV drip, and I felt none of those – win! Once I finished, she injected my hip with a solution to help my cells generate energy, and then I was good to pay and leave!

I went home, worked on some homework, and didn’t feel a difference until 4 hours later when I was BOUNCING off the walls. I had SO much energy. It was INSANE! So much so that I actually wasn’t able to sleep very well that night, or the night after, 3rd night I was ok. The next day I still had a ton of energy – I was singing around the house. I was in such an upbeat mood and loving it! The energy has decreased today (3 days later) but my pain is still manageable.

I go for 6 weekly IV treatments at which point she assesses me and I most likely will then go for monthly treatments for the rest of my life. Of ANYTHING I have tried to this point in the last 20 years, I put this up there as a HUGE win! High fives!!!

So, what exactly is IV therapy you ask? Here’s some info!

By giving nutrients through an IV, your digestive system is bypassed, thus allowing for higher levels of nutrients to be delivered to your cells via the bloodstream.  This is especially helpful for people suffering from cancer, malabsorption and digestive concerns or when the therapeutic dose is simply too high to take orally, such as cancer.

How it works

IV therapy uses high dose vitamins, minerals, and natural substances intravenously or intramuscularly. It is primarily used for chronic or debilitating conditions that require additional support in the healing process and for the chelation of heavy metals. IV therapy allows for high concentrated nutrients to enter cells more easily in order to heal and repair cellular damage caused by chronic diseases or heavy metals and environmental toxins.

What is the difference between taking oral nutrients vs. intravenous nutrients?

IV therapy provides a route of administration that bypasses the digestive system and liver filtration thereby guaranteeing a greater concentration of nutrients into the cells. This helps the cells function better, which usually leads to the patient feeling better.
Normally, nutrients taken orally enter the cell through active transport; this process requires cell energy, and the cell’s ability to transport the nutrients from outside the cell into the cell. Diseased cells lack the energy required and the ability to absorb nutrients effectively, thus decreasing the amount of nutrients that reach the cell. With IV therapy, nutrients enter the cell without using the cell’s active transport.

Which conditions may benefit from IV therapy?

Colds or Flu (Immune)
Stress and Fatigue
Aches and Pain
Adjunct to chemotherapy
Cancer
Immunocompromised states: Lupus, Arthritis, MS, Epstein Barr virus
Chronic candida
Bell’s Palsy
Alzheimer’s disease
Cardiovascular disease
Restless leg syndrome
PMS
Acute infection – bacterial / viral , Hepatitis
Wound healing, Sport s Injury
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Parkinson’s disease
Fibromyalgia syndrome
Macular degeneration
Pre / Post surgical support
Irritable bowel syndrome
Ulcerative colitis
Crohn’s disease
Arrhythmias
Restorative health / anti-aging

How many visits will you need?

IV Therapy is based on the individual and their health condition(s). A typical treatment regimen can range between 4 to 12 visits to over 12 if being used for cancer support. The frequency of visits is discussed with your doctor.

How is IV therapy performed?

IV therapy can be administered two ways:
1. Through a gravity-drawn “drip”. This method takes between 30 and 120 minutes to administer.
2. Through a “push”. This is where the naturopathic doctor manually injects via a syringe at a predetermined rate. This method is shorter and usually takes 20 minutes to administer and is only feasible for certain types of injections.

IV Therapeutics
Myer’s Push:The All Around Pick Me Up A combination of vitamins and minerals: calcium gluconate, magnesium chloride, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin B12 (cobalamin), Vitamin C and selenium. •  Improved Immunity
•  Pain relief – especially joint and muscle pain
•  Boost in Energy
•  Allergy relief due to the anti-histamine effects
•  Improved mood
Myer’s Immune:The Immune Force A spin-off of the Myer’s, this formula contains a combination of vitamins and mineralswith enhanced levels of Vitamin C, selenium and magnesium •  Boost Immunity
•  If sick, decrease duration of illness
•  Kills Viruses strongly
•  Headache or migraine relief
•  Energy Gains
•  Allergy relief due to the anti-histamine effects
High Dose Intravenous
Vitamin C
Doses of Vitamin C that range from 25,000 mg to 100,000 mg with balanced mineral ratios of magnesium, calcium and potassium •  Potent anti-cancer agent
•  Supports the effectiveness of conventional chemo drugs
•  Reduces unwanted side effects from both chemo and radiation
•  Increases quality of life
•  Reduces cancer cell survival
•  Also beneficial for chronic viral conditions: Epstein Barr, CMV, viral hepatitis

Is IV therapy safe?

IV therapy has an excellent safety record. Sensitivities and allergic reactions are possible though rare. Some other risks include infection, clotting and loss of the vein, leakage of fluid into the surrounding tissues, bruising and occasional pain-these are extremely rare and every measure is taken to prevent them from occurring. All naturopathic doctors that practice IV Therapy should be board certified and regulated.

I have done my research over the years, and IV therapy can drastically reduce your symptoms of chronic pain and fatigue. After learning about the human body in great detail over the last year, I truly believe this is the best option for me (as part of a larger treatment paradigm). I think I am headed in the right direction…FINALLY! I will let you know how the rest of the treatments go!

Xoxo Lex

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