Fibromyalgia is a condition that brings pain to every part of your body, making you feel like you've been in the boxing ring or run over by a steamroller. If you're struggling with fibromyalgia, Anh Ngo, MD, MBA; James Mirazita, MD; and PK Suchdev, MD, at Ketaminology are ketamine infusion specialists serving patients in Newington, Nashua, and throughout the state of New Hampshire. They can help alleviate the pain fibromyalgia causes by delivering ketamine directly into your bloodstream. Find out how IV ketamine infusion could relieve your symptoms of fibromyalgia by calling Ketaminology today or schedule a consultation online.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects your whole body. It causes widespread pain in your muscles, bones, and connective tissues. Fibromyalgia can also cause other symptoms, which vary patient to patient but could include:
In addition to these symptoms, fibromyalgia often causes memory and concentration problems, known as fibro fog. This can make you feel like you're wading through molasses when you try to focus and leads to severe forgetfulness.
The precise cause of fibromyalgia isn't clear. Research indicates that patients who have fibromyalgia also have overly sensitive responses to pain signals, as though the nerves are on their maximum setting.
This suggests a link between fibromyalgia and neuropathic (nerve) disorders, where the pain is coming from a nerve dysfunction rather than actual tissue damage. Other research indicates a connection to widespread tissue inflammation and immune system dysfunction.
If you have fibromyalgia, your chances of developing other conditions increase too. It's not uncommon for people with fibromyalgia to also have:
There could also be a genetic link, as fibromyalgia often affects more than one member of the same family.
There's no specific test for fibromyalgia, so it takes expertise and experience to diagnose. First, other causes with similar symptoms need to be excluded. Then your provider uses their knowledge to assess your symptoms.
Fibromyalgia is unusual in that it causes such widespread pain — most chronic pain problems affect a particular body part, but fibromyalgia causes pain everywhere. Your response to pressure on specific parts of your body can also be a good indicator. The body has 18 tender points where pressure causes severe pain when you have fibromyalgia.
There's no cure yet for fibromyalgia, but the team at ketaminology can help you learn to manage your pain and reduce its severity. Each patient with fibromyalgia has different needs, so you receive an individualized treatment plan that could include:
You also need to look after your body to reduce the stress it's under when you have fibromyalgia. Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet, get some regular exercise, and look for ways to relieve stress.
You could also benefit from IV ketamine infusion at ketaminology. Ketamine is an anesthetic that can ease the chronic discomfort of fibromyalgia. It's typically used when front-line treatments aren't providing sufficient relief of your symptoms. Treatment involves a series of sessions where you receive ketamine directly into your bloodstream.
If you think ketamine could help you, call ketaminology today to find out more or book an appointment online.