Is Fibromyalgia Caused by ‘Cold Sore’ Virus? Alabama Researchers Bet It Is

Fibromyalgia and various gastrointestinal disorders may all be caused by a virus – specifically herpes simplex type 1 – according to University of Alabama virologist Carol Duffy, PhD, and Tuscaloosa-based GI surgeon/chronic pain specialist William Pridgen, MD.

Assisted by UA’s Office for Technology Transfer, the two are partners in Innovative Medicine Concepts, a startup company that’s well on the way to funding a clinical trial of two ‘repurposed’ but undisclosed drugs with anti-herpes properties, as a novel therapy for fibromyalgia pain.

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