Yesterday, my mom and I met with Dr. William Pridgen, Dr. P., about the treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The journey for Dr. P began when he sought successful treatment for patients he saw as a gastroenterologist. Suffering from more symptoms than GERD, and alternating diarrhea and constipation, Dr. P. tried regimens of a combination of antivirals and found that medications treating herpes simplex type 1 proved highly successful.
As I discussed in my earlier posting, I contacted Dr. P. and am in Tuscaloosa this week. In our meeting yesterday, I learned a bit about the biology about the herpes virus Dr. P believes to lives in the stomach. I shared more of my history. I found Dr. P not only knowledgeable and caring but funny, approachable, and surrounded by a wonderful staff. I never felt rushed and just another patient on the assembly line. I allowed myself a glimmer of hope at last.
After our meeting, I felt overwhelmed with the possibility that my health may change – truly change. Fibromyalgia and CFS have been a part of my life for longer than not. I allow myself moments to dream about exercise without fear of crashing, traveling without planning post-travel crash, less brain fog. I’m sure my keys will always walk away from where I leave them no matter how healthy and clear-headed I may become.
Tomorrow, I have a procedure that repairs my esophagus due to high volume acid from my stomach. Apparently, the esophagus is the second part of the body damaged from fibromyalgia. The gallbladder is the first to go and I thought the surgeon who removed mine several years ago was a hack since my symptoms continued. Dr. P assures me the organ had likely stopped functioning.
Post-surgery, I begin new medications, mostly antivirals, intended to put the nasty herpes virus back to a permanent coma. The process is not immediate but the results are astonishingly successful. In fact, there is a study for this treatment in 11 centers around the country beginning in March that the FDA is watching closely. The plan is for 2013 the year a truly viable treatment becomes available, with FDA approval, for successfully treating fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome!
Can you imagine?! No more trial and error of medications. No more frustrations that doctors can’t really help and only support groups and bloggers understand. Hope for better health for sufferers of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome may soon become viable.
I may not post for a while, depending on my energy from surgery and traveling back home but I will at the very least try to keep updates on my Facebook page, LB Webb Coaching. http://www.facebook.com/pages/LB-Webb-Coach-for-people-with-Chronic-Illness-Pain/328980187115314
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