Back in September of last year, Dr. Pridgen was in the news saying he believes Fibromyalgia , other chronic pain conditions, chronic fatigue, and Gastrointestinal disorders are caused by the herpes simplex virus, the virus best known for causing cold sores. There wasn’t much of a ruckus made about this, and rightly so, considering the scores of ME/CFS and fibromyalgia patients that have taken acyclovir, valtrex, valcyte, to no avail.
But something caught my eye. By hitting the virus in 3 different stages of the viral life cycle, 90% of his patients responded to his therapy. Jaded me to the wind, I looked forward to the study.
This trial is now officially recruiting: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01850420?term=%22fibromyalgia%22+%22hsv%22&rank=1 Although it’s not listed on clinicaltrials.gov, Dr. Pridgen said in a separate announcement that he was throwing in a NSAID medication. In fact the drug cocktail is property of the company co-founded by Pridgen, so none of the drug names are publicized. This makes it difficult for busybodies like myself to speculate.
Personally I find the addition of a NSAID to the fray a lot more interesting than yet another standalone antiviral. As the momentum in ME/CFS and fibromyalgia circles shifts more toward “autoimmune with a virus”, I hope to expect to see a lot more clinical trials designed like this.