Fibromyalgia affects roughly four million adults in the United States, and women make up about 90% of those cases. If you have pain all over your body and even the slightest touch hurts, you could have fibromyalgia. Fatigue, "brain fog," and headaches make fibromyalgia even more debilitating. Ketamine offers help to fibromyalgia patients when other options haven't brought relief. The caring team at Austin Ketamine Specialists provide safe ketamine infusion therapy to banish debilitating fibromyalgia pain. To schedule an initial consultation, call the Austin, Texas, office today, or request a complimentary consultation online.
Fibromyalgia, a complex chronic condition, causes widespread musculoskeletal pain. When you have fibromyalgia, you're also likely to experience intense fatigue, memory problems, and mood disorders such as depression or anxiety.
Researchers don't yet understand fibromyalgia's exact cause, but it appears to arise due to repeated nerve stimulation. This causes elevated levels of certain neurotransmitters, amplifying pain signals. Over time, this results in "memory pain" that can arise from very mild stimuli, including gentle touches.
Much more common in women, fibromyalgia does affect men as well. It tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic component. Viral infections can trigger or worsen fibromyalgia. Environmental factors, such as physical trauma or prolonged stress, also appear to trigger the disease.
The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
"Brain fog" or "fibro fog" refers to cognitive difficulties such as memory problems and poor concentration, a prevalent symptom of fibromyalgia.
Ketamine has been used safely as an anesthetic since the early 1960s. It acts on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain, blocking the transmission of pain signals, so your brain doesn't interpret them as pain.
Scientists also believe that ketamine stimulates the growth of new synapses, forming new connections between neurons. By "rewiring" the brain, ketamine may help eliminate "memory pain" associated with fibromyalgia.
During ketamine infusion therapy for fibromyalgia, an IV drip connected to an IV port in your arm gradually releases ketamine into your bloodstream. Sessions usually take 40 minutes to one hour, with an additional 30 minutes of rest time at the clinic following the infusion.
You must arrange for someone else to drive you home after your infusion at Austin Ketamine Specialists. Ideally, you have an open schedule after your appointment, so you can take things easy for the rest of the day.
Although rare, mild nausea or headaches sometimes occur after an infusion. These side effects usually subside within a few hours.
Ketamine therapy can free you from the agony of fibromyalgia pain. Request a complimentary consultation online today or call the office.