Douglas Davies M.D. Diplomat, American Board of Holistic Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Patient 1—50 right handed white female with seven-year history of fibromyalgia who first came to me on June 15, 2004. At that time she had multiple areas of tenderness (trigger points), namely paraspinally in the neck, mid back, and low back areas as well as the gluteus medias and minimus muscles bilaterally. Patient has periodic bouts of pain that she describes as an 8 on a 0-10 scale of pain intensity. When the pain reaches a 7 or an 8 she is unable to work and will take Vicodin for the pain. If the pain is 6 or less, she is functional but uncomfortable. When she came to me on June 15, her pain was about a 6.
She was started on Fibro-Ease herbal treatment 1/2 dropper three times per day, every day. I saw her again on August 2, 2004. At that time she stated her pain was down to a 2-3 and that she had not taken any pain medications for three weeks. I gave her some additional herbs but she did not come back.
Patient 2—53 right handed mixed race female (1/2 black, 1/2 white) with several other medical problems including lupus, ADD, chronic diarrhea and a seizure disorder. Patient has had a history of chronic pain as well and had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the past, but it was never a focus of my treatment as the other problems were more important and thought to be the source of her pain.
On April 20, 2004 the patient was complaining of "having pain all over" Exam revealed multiple trigger point areas in the usual fibromyalgia distribution. She was given Fibro-Ease to start. She returned just three weeks later on May 4, 2004 and noted that her trigger points, especially in her upper body had decreased in intensity. She continued on the herb. On June 4, her trigger points in her upper body had decreased significantly and her hip trigger points had disappeared. Her total oxycodone dose began to taper from 50mg per day down to 40mg per day
On June 28, 2004 she stated that since her last appointment, she had stopped taking the Fibro-Ease for a period of two weeks, then resumed. She noted that gradual, steady improvement she had been experiencing since she began the herb stopped, but she did not get worse during that two weeks. Her oxycodone dose was now down to 40mg per day.
On July 27, 2004 after what was now three months of treatment, she felt her fibromyalgia pain was basically gone. She has had bouts of pain that have been for other reasons since, but her oxycodone dose is now down to 15 mg per day and has not gone up.
Douglas Davies M.D.