IV Ketamine: An Alternative Treatment Plan for Fibromyalgia
Treating Fibromyalgia in Los Angeles
Looking for treatment for fibromyalgia in Los Angeles? Fibromyalgia, a complex pain disorder affects an estimated 8-12 million people in the United States. Fibromyalgia pain often manifests in both upper and lower muscle-tendon points in the body across various age groups and genders. It is usually identified as chronic pain that can last in all four quadrants of the body for over 3 months in at least 11 out of 18 designated tender spots. These painful symptoms can wax and wane over a course of time, and sometimes with no apparent warning. In addition to this, many patients also experience depression, anxiety, and mood changes that accompanies Fibromyalgia pain.
Recent research in the field of chronic pain suggests that Fibromyalgia can be triggered by a genetic component, dietary triggers, central nervous system involvement, physical trauma or illness.
Different treatment modalities include exercise, diet change, pharmaceuticals, massage, yoga, trigger point injections, and stretching.
However, the confounding issue with fibromyalgia, and its treatment is that no two patients experience the same symptoms, or seem to respond to the same treatment. Some patients obtain relief via exercise and stretching alone, whereas other patients need injections and prescription drugs.
According to recent advancements in the medical treatments of Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain, Ketamine has become a huge asset in treating and managing Fibromyalgia, and helping people find sustained relief. IV Ketamine is uniquely able to treat both the physical pain symptoms due to its analgesic properties, and the psychiatric component as well due to its efficacy in treating common psychiatric illnesses such as depression and PTSD that frequently coexist and follow as after effects of Fibromyalgia.
Benefits of Ketamine
Due to its NMDA receptor inhibition mechanism, Ketamine has emerged to be a great alternative treatment plan for Fibromyalgia. It helps manage pain and its symptoms by targeting the glutamate system and neurons within the brain by blocking the transmission of pain signals through the spinal chord.
In a recent study conducted by Noppers et. al, it was discovered that treatment with IV ketamine reduced patient’s pain by 50% in more than half of the study participants. More studies conducted on this subject have shown similar results.
This is a significant, and promising, treatment modality for fibromyalgia that is continuing to be researched and studied while producing great results.
Next Steps and What You Can Do Now
If you or your loved ones suffer from the Fibromyalgia, or have experienced any symptoms that can be categorized under chronic pain, please give us a call at (424) 332-5550 to schedule a free consultation.We would love to discuss your symptoms and draft a treatment plan accordingly. Pacific Ketamine Institute is the #1 provider for the treatment for fibromyalgia in Los Angeles.
More Commonly Asked Questions
How many people suffer from fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions. The disorder affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3-6% of the world population. The diagnosis is usually made between the ages of 20 to 50 years, but the incidence rises with age so that by age 80, approximately 8% of adults meet the American College of Rheumatology classification of fibromyalgia.
How does ketamine work?
Ketamine works unlike any other medicine. It is an NMDA antagonist, which means it blocks pain pathways and reboots functions by “re-setting” nerves and triggers growth of neural pathways. In addition, ketamine also appears to reduce the activity of glutamate, which is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain and a very powerful anti-inflammatory medicine. Therefore, it helps with both of the main types of pain (nerve pain and inflammatory pain) and has shown great success in the treatment of migraines, depression, anxiety, PTSD and mood disorders.
Are there any side effects?
During your ketamine infusions, we will monitor your treatment process carefully in order to minimize the chances of any side effects. You might feel tired or slightly disconnected with your surroundings. For most patients, this dissociation effect is what helps with your treatment and provides a positive response to your ketamine treatment. It is not unusual to develop nausea, a common but self-limited side effect of Ketamine. However, if you do become nauseated, we can control that by adding Zofran to your treatment, which is an anti-nausea medicine that is used in hospitals and ERs throughout the world.
This is all a normal part of the treatment and you will always be in a safe environment with staff to supervise you and be available to you at all times.
Is a referral required for ketamine therapy?
No, a referral is not required. One of our doctors will talk to you and evaluate whether the treatment would be appropriate for you. Based on your medical history and medication list, the medical director will also determine if there are any medical reasons why ketamine treatment is not recommended. Please contact us with questions.
Does somebody need to come with me for my treatment?
It is not necessary for someone to accompany you to the treatment. You do need to arrange for transportation home afterwards, either a ride, public transportation, Uber/Lyft or walking. It is imperative that you not drive a car or bike until the next morning.
How do you measure success of treatment?
Pacific Ketamine Institute uses MoodMonitor– a secure, reliable, easy-to-use reporting and monitoring tool – that helps us ensure the best possible outcomes for our IV ketamine treatment patients.
Multiple studies have shown that frequent evaluations of a patient’s symptoms during the course of ketamine treatment improve long-term outcomes.
How soon will I notice improvement?
Unlike most traditional drugs, effects of ketamine are almost immediate. Most of our patients notice improvement as soon as 3-4 hours after their first ketamine session. Many patients see an immediate effect while they are having their treatment.
Will my insurance cover this?
You will have to consult your insurance company for this. You can learn more about insurance coverage and ketamine treatments here.