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.