Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder that is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and both emotional and mental distress. Those with fibromyalgia may also have abnormal pain perception processing, which makes a person more sensitive to pain.
Somewhere around 4 million American adults suffer from fibromyalgia. While fibromyalgia cannot be cured, the symptoms can be treated and managed with both medications and lifestyle changes. Fibromyalgia may target the nervous system, but it is not classified as an autoimmune disease or an inflammation-based illness.
Recently, there’s been research demonstrating how ketamine infusions have already been beneficial for treating fibromyalgia. In a single study, treatment with ketamine reduced the pain by 50% in more than fifty percent of the research participants.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Have you been wondering what fibromyalgia is, whether you have it, and what are your treatment options? Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome associated with a variety of symptoms including cognitive difficulties, insomnia, and widespread pain and fatigue. People with fibromyalgia often present with other symptoms and conditions such as depression, anxiety, headaches, endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Healthcare professionals aren’t sure of the exact cause but suspect physical trauma, genetics, infections or emotional trauma could play a part. If you’ve had widespread pain for more than three months, with no evidence of another underlying medical condition, fibromyalgia may be the issue.
Keep track of your other fibromyalgia symptoms, such as depression, mood swings, trouble sleeping and tiredness to help your doctor diagnose your condition. A visit to your primary care provider for a routine checkup and blood work can rule out other potential causes of your pain. During your visit, you can discuss treatment of fibromyalgia options (including physical therapy) and treatment plans to help with the management of fibromyalgia and pain fatigue.
Here’s an interesting side note. Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and occurs as a result of irritation or damage to the nerve. You may hear some people refer to the pain associated with fibromyalgia as fibroneuralgia. This is not an actual medical term, rather it is a combination of two words – neuralgia and fibromyalgia.
How Do You Get Fibromyalgia?
While it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of fibromyalgia, certain things like an infection or disease like lupus or arthritis may increase your risk. The Mayo Clinic says, “Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.”
According to the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA), this syndrome is one of the most common chronic pain conditions.e. The disorder affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3 to 6 percent of the world population. Additionally, 75 to 90 percent of the people who have fibromyalgia are women.
The NFA says that the diagnosis for this physical pain disorder is, “usually made between the ages of 20 to 50 years, but the incidence rises with age so that by age 80, approximately 8 percent of adults meet the American College of Rheumatology classification of fibromyalgia.”
Before discussing possible treatment and therapy methods, you might want to do a bit of research to discover if anything is triggering your fibromyalgia attacks. Chemical or hormonal imbalances, temperature or weather changes, and psychological or physical stress may cause an increase in one or more of your symptoms of fibromyalgia. In some people, certain foods are also known as possible triggers to their fibromyalgia symptoms.
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What Else Relieves Chronic Pain?
Many foods cause inflammation and can trigger a migraine headache or cause a flareup of other pain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia. If you suspect certain foods make your fibromyalgia symptoms worse, you may want to keep a record of when and what you are eating on a daily or weekly basis.
Certain food additives can cause sensitivity or pain fatigue in some patients. Take a close look at food labels and look for “hidden” ingredients like aspartame, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, sodium caseinate, and hydrolyzed protein.
Other common fibromyalgia food triggers that may cause pain include:
- Foods containing gluten
- Refined carbohydrates
- Processed foods
- Unhealthy fats
- Red meat
- Dairy products
Also, some people may be sensitive to foods in the nightshade family: white potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and green peppers just to name a few. The good news for potato lovers is that sweet potatoes aren’t in the nightshade family and should be safe to eat.
If you think a certain food or food group is aggravating your condition, try an elimination diet. For example, if you think that gluten might be a problem, try going a few weeks without eating any foods containing wheat, barley, rye, bulgur, etc. If you notice an improvement, slowly reintroduce the food into your diet and make a note if any of your pain or other symptoms return.
Now that you’ve looked at possible triggers, let’s take a look at how you can manage your fibromyalgia symptoms and treat fibromyalgia pain for an improved quality of life.
Will Fibromyalgia Ever Go Away?
While physical therapy, dietary modifications, and other treatments may provide relief, there is no cure so it will never completely go away. But, according to Web MD, “a combination of medication, exercise, managing your stress, and healthy habits may ease your symptoms enough that you can live a normal, active life.”
People with fibromyalgia often complain of a low pain threshold with tender points of pain around their joints. Typical fibromyalgia pain relief treatments include various over-the-counter and prescription pain medications such as:
- Opioid narcotics
- Pregabalin sold under the trade name Lyrica
- OTC pain relief medications like ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen sodium
Other treatments are also used to treat fibromyalgia pain, including physical therapy, counseling, massage therapy, acupuncture, occupational therapy, meditation, tai chi, and yoga.
Ketamine is also a viable option for people with fibromyalgia who are not getting acceptable results with physical therapy or pain medications. Ketamine intravenous (IV) infusions and ketamine nasal spray are both showing promise as a new therapy option for people with fibromyalgia.
Is Ketamine For Fibromyalgia Treatment Right For You?
Are you dealing with the widespread chronic pain, insomnia, fatigue, and other symptoms of fibromyalgia? Contact our Ketamine Treatment Center in Los Angeles today and discover if you are a candidate for low-dose ketamine therapy as a fibromyalgia treatment to help manage your symptoms, reduce pain, bring relief to your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
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