From the alt.med.fibromyalgia conference
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995
From: MRS LINDA K GHOLSON-HOFFINE
The treatment I am receiving is called Reconstructive Therapy. Many people with fibromyalgia have what are called "loose joints." What this really means is the the ligaments that are normally tight and taunt have become worn, torn or damaged and no longer hold the joints in place, causing them to slip out and put pressure on the nerves. It also forces the muscles, which normally contract and retract, to take over the job of the ligaments, which causes the muscles to go into a spasm that creates more pain.
This treatment involves locating the particular ligament (often on a trigger point) and injecting it with glucose. The glucose causes an irritation in the ligament, and the body immediately begins to send fibroblasts to the area. The glucose also causes a formation of scar tissue on the ligament itself, tricking the ligament into reconizing the scar tissue as part of the ligament. With the rush of the fibroblast, the ligament immediately starts putting down new fibers over the top of the ligament. From one injection the ligament will continue to grow for up to 1 year. This process can be best described as taking a piece of flimsy cardboard and gluing layer upon layer of additional cardboard on top, until eventually you end up with a very strong, stable piece of cardboard.
The injections are given in sets, but there are no prescribed amounts of injections. They are given on a person-by-person basis. I have completed 5 sets of injections so far. The injections are similar to trigger point injections but are very painful. But I am finding week-by-week that I have less pain. In May I was in an auto accident, and on top of having fibromyalgia, Mitral Valve Prolapse, and psoratic arthritis, I tore the ligaments in my neck, damaged a disk and also tore the ligaments in my lower back, increasing the pain of sciatica. Being told that there was nothing more that could be done, and that I would have to live in this kind of pain was unthinkable for me as I am a fine artist and I must create. And so rather relunctantly, I found this treatment. After reading a book on the subject, and having the doctor explain it to me, it really made sense. And what I am experiencing is wonderful.
I strongly suggest that you purchase the book that explains this process, it does a much better job that I can. But please know that in no way do I benefit financially or in any way from sharing this with you. I have been very active in the fibromyalgia support group on Prodigy, and my intentions are purely honorable. I wish for others to know that there is a treatment available that does not cure fibromyalgia, but certainly helps stop some of the pain associated with it.
Best Wishes, Now and Always, Lindy.
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