Helminthic therapy and fibromyalgia

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Improvement in fibromyalgia is unlikely, but has been seen in a few cases

In the vast majority of cases, It is unlikely that helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy. will help Fibromyalgia (FM).

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I have hosted hookwormA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. for over 2 years, and whipwormA helminth with a tapering whiplike body that lives in the colon. In helminthic therapy, the microscopic eggs of either the human Trichuris trichiura (TTO) or pig Trichuris suis (TSO) are taken in a drink. … for about 10 months... The fibro pain is unchanged. [1]

Eighteen months later, this individual had still had no relief for her fibromyalgia, in spite of continuing to host hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin..

However, a few people with fibromyalgia have seen a small improvement after introducing helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths].

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It's almost been a year on HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus and I have about 30. I use small doses because of fibromyalgia. Also I seem to have less fibro attacks. [2]

Those with fibromyalgia can treat coexisting conditions if very careful

While fibromyalgia is unlikely to respond in most cases, it is possible for those with this condition to use helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy. to treat coexisting conditions.

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I have both fibromyalgia and CFS/ME and was first inoculated just over 2 years ago. I have found improvement, especially since it has helped with inflammation. It is not a cure for me but I have been able to slowly go off medications, get less infections, have less flare days, and recover quicker than I use to. [3]
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The only difference NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus has made to my overall health is to 100% treat my gluten intolerance...” [4]

Because fibromyalgia patients are typically extremely sensitive to helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths], these need to be introduced very gradually and in very small numbers. For example, no more than 5 hookwormA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. larvaeThe active immature form of an insect, or an animal such as a helminth, which develops from an egg and eventually transforms again into its adult state. should be used for the initial inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation], and 3 would be a much better starting dose.

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I had 10 HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus to start and thought I was going to die. But I could do 3. And then another 3. And then I could stand 5.
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I have both ME and Fibro and 5 HWshookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus was perfect for my first dose. [5]

Some self-treaters with fibromyalgia who start with five hookwormA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. larvaeThe active immature form of an insect, or an animal such as a helminth, which develops from an egg and eventually transforms again into its adult state. can experience challenging side effects.

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I started with a five hwhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus dose four days ago. But joint pain and muscle fatigue started to kick in yesterday and then today with a vengeance. I'm so glad now it was just five I started with. [6]
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After my first dose of 5HW I experienced extreme fatigue. It wasn't until my third dose that things began to make a big shift. [7]

Once a total of about 10 hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. has been inoculated, and these have been established for six months, higher doses may be tolerated, but caution is still required to prevent triggering side effects.

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I started out with 5HWs because I have Fibromyalgia. I am using HThelminthic therapy to treat allergies, arthritis, IBSIrritable bowel syndrome is a widespread condition involving recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhoea or constipation. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irritable_Bowel_Syndrome Wikipedia:Irritable Bowel Syndrome], leaky gut, psoriasis, etc… For me the 5HWs was very gentle… My second dose was 10HWs and it was a little more noticeable causing very mild flare. My last 2 doses were 25HWs and there is a huge difference… my eczema and psoriasis pops up and drives me crazy with addition itching. Arthritis also seems to reappear, and lot of diarrhea and abdominal cramping. [8]
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For me 5HWs is a dose where I obtain the most benefit with the fewest side effects. [9]

The size of doses may need to be limited indefinitely

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I have fibro. I would caution against doing more than 5 NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus at a time. My first 5 NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus was fine but then I followed that up with 10 on the next dose. This caused a 6 month nasty flare up. After about a year I did another 5 and again that was fine. [10]

There may be a similar limit on the dose size of other helminth species. For example, someone with fibromyalgia who began using HDCHymenolepis diminuta cysticercoids (Hi-men-o-lep'is dim-a-nu-ta sis-ti-sur-koid) - the larval cysts of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta to treat another condition has reported that she was able to take 10 HDCHymenolepis diminuta cysticercoids (Hi-men-o-lep'is dim-a-nu-ta sis-ti-sur-koid) - the larval cysts of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta every 4 weeks for five months without worsening any of her existing symptoms.[11] (When HDCHymenolepis diminuta cysticercoids (Hi-men-o-lep'is dim-a-nu-ta sis-ti-sur-koid) - the larval cysts of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta is being used to treat, rather than prevent a condition, the doses used typically range between 30 and 60, taken every 2 weeks.)

Very cautious dosing is even more important for females because they appear to fare somewhat worse than males.

There is much more detail about dosing with hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. on the Hookworm dosing and response page.

Treating side effects

While people who do not have fibromyalgia are able to avoid or reduce helminth side effects by taking prednisone, the drug may not have this effect in someone with fibromyalgia.

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I had a terrible time with inoculating 10 (after a successful run with 5) and prednisone did not relieve my fibromyalgia/ME flare in any way (20mg/day). [12]

Prednisone should only be taken under the supervision of a doctor.

Allergy medication can help treat helminth side effects.

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I suffer with Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME (other things as well) and had a terrible flare with an increased dose. Allergy medication helped me more than anything else because it calmed down my reaction. [13]

For more on treating the initial side effects of helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy. using hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin., see this page section:

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