Anyone with fibromyalgia knows that there are hundreds of treatments to treat the various symptoms of fibro. This is because there are so many different ways that the disorder manifests itself, with so many different symptoms. Addressing each symptom can lead to a multitude of treatments. There is a newer treatment that seems to lessen the symptoms of fibromyitis and address the causes of the disease. This treatment consists of an intravenous (IV) infusion of ketamine. Here is an overview of how intravenous ketamine infusion works and its promising prospects for use in the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Ketamine has been used in medicine for about fifty years now. The drug is often used as anesthetic during surgery because at this dose it causes loss of consciousness and prevents the body from feeling pain. This happens because the drug blocks the nerve receptors that transmit the pain signals. The same substance has also been used to relieve psychiatric problems, including depression, which many fibro patients have to deal with.
Intravenous ketamine infusion therapy helps treat fibromyalgia using the same neurological blocking properties that make it so useful to anesthesiologists. The intravenous infusion of ketamine uses a much lower dose and injects over a long period. Studies have shown that, in this way, patients could benefit from significant pain relief up to 3 months. The process is repeated several times in a few days or weeks. The end result is that the nervous system gets a restart of the pain response. This process must be repeated to maintain the same level of relief. Intravenous infusion therapy with ketamine is generally reserved for patients who have resisted all other forms of treatment and who suffer from severe neurological pain. Many people with fibromyalgia meet this criterion. To get ketamine treatments for your fibro symptoms, you should talk to your doctor. If the doctor thinks it would be beneficial for you, he will refer you to a clinic that performs the procedure.
The IV infusion process of ketamine is relaxing. When you undergo an infusion, your sleep is chemically induced for several hours. Some motor functions are still intact with this medicine. Therefore, if you have to use the toilet in the middle of the treatment, you may wake up. For those who suffer from a lack of restorative sleep because of their fibro, the idea of chemically induced sleep does not sound too bad.
Ketamine also agitates the receptors that regulate glutamate (a modulator of mood), which plays a role in depression. For this reason, it provides fast results as an antidepressant. Many fibro patients suffer from depression. The combined ability of ketamine to treat both depression and chronic neurological pain makes it an excellent option for the treatment of fibromyalgia.