Fibromyalgia differs from other pain disorders in that symptoms aren’t restricted to pain only. Over and above muscular pain, patients also experience memory and mood problems, sleep issues, and fatigue.
The pain that comes with fibromyalgia, though, is often characterized as a rising and dull ache. The good news is that ketamine infusions may help with easing fibromyalgia pain.
Extended pain can result in depression, especially for suffers from fibromyalgia. In these cases, a single ketamine infusion may not be enough. A patient’s condition has both psychological and physiological aspects and ketamine infusions offer a well-rounded solution as the drug works to block and reset your brain’s pain receptors.
Ketamine is effective at balancing out neurons and hormones. It does this by altering your glutamate and GABA levels, allowing for the treatment of both psychological and physiological discomfort. That means you can look forward to long-term pain relief without unpleasant side effects.
First introduced in the 1950s, ketamine is an anaesthetic that proves effective for a number of reasons.
The drug works by attaching itself to the brain’s receptors, disrupting pain signals. Not only does ketamine stop pain, but it also creates a euphoric sensation.
As for fibromyalgia, a disease of the body and the brain, ketamine works to deliver a neurological punch by tackling the pain and boosting your mood.
By blocking the brain’s receptors, ketamine resets your pain receptors, which tend to be hypersensitized in fibromyalgia patients. As a result, the dug can reduce neuroinflammation, increase brain-derived neurotrophic factors, and lead to both synaptic and neurogenesis changes to your central nervous system.
Researchers have discovered that ketamine provides long-term remission of pain, or at least long-term and sustained relief, even in patients who are resistant to other forms of fibromyalgia treatment.
How much ketamine you receive is based on your body weight. The drug is typically administered at a controlled, slow pace. There are no respiratory, hallucinogenic, or cardiovascular effects either during or after your infusion.
To achieve long-lasting pain relief, a multiple fusion approach is recommended. Most patients who receive a ketamine infusion intravenously report a significant improvement after their first treatment. The improvement may wane over the subsequent hours, but with repeated IV therapy, the relief of symptoms does become sustained.
One of the greatest benefits of this therapy is that there are no long-lasting side effects. While some patients experience sensitivity to sound or light, and perhaps a little disorientation during treatment, those issues subside as soon as the treatment is finished.
Conventional treatments used for fibromyalgia often have addictive properties and side effects like respiratory issues, loss of appetite, stomach ache, liver damage, blurred vision, and ulcers.
On the other hand, steroids, opioids, and anti-depressants only provide short-term pain relief, considerable side effects and are often costly.
For the past two decades, extensive research has been done to determine the safety of the drug, and patients report no long-term side effects.
A ketamine infusion treatment lasts around 40 minutes, and we generally recommend about 8 to 12 infusions over a 4-week timeframe to help reduce pain over a sustained period of time.
If you have failed to find relief from conventional medications, and wish to avoid their side effects, ketamine infusions can help with easing fibromyalgia pain.
Should you need help with fibromyalgia pain management, get in touch with Integrated Pain Consultants today. Book an appointment online or call us at (480) 210-6167.