Chronic pain

Chronic pain is pain that lasts a long time. In medicine, the distinction between acute and chronic pain is sometimes determined by an arbitrary interval of time.

Chronic pain is often difficult to treat and can be frustrating for both patient and doctor. However, natural medicine is sometimes beneficial in treating certain conditions that cause chronic pain. While some natural remedies for chronic pain work by a direct analgesic effect, most of the effective treatments are aimed at addressing the cause of the pain. Thus, a treatment that is effective for one type of painful condition may provide little or no relief from the pain caused by a different disorder.

In my experience, the pain of fibromyalgia improves in approximately 50% of cases after intravenous administration of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C (the Myers’ cocktail).1 Some patients do not improve until they have received a total of four weekly injections. After improvement occurs, maintenance injections can be given, as needed, usually every two to four weeks, or less often in some cases. Intravenous nutrient therapy tends to be more effective if other abnormalities associated with fibromyalgia are addressed, such as food allergy and “sub-laboratory hypothyroidism.”