Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that affects men and women, but women are 10 times more likely to develop this debilitating condition. When you can’t get relief from the pain with other conservative treatments, Gino Ang, MD, and the team at Ketamine Center of Connecticut may help with ketamine infusions that block pain pathways, thereby providing relief from your fibromyalgia pain. To learn more about ketamine or to schedule an appointment, call our office in Milford, Connecticut.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease characterized by these symptoms:
Patients with fibromyalgia often have debilitating pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia is often associated with other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. Many patients also become sensitive to light, temperature, and sounds.
The medical experts continue to research fibromyalgia to determine its exact cause, but they know it’s associated with central sensitivity. Central sensitivity develops when ongoing pain causes chemical changes in your central nervous system. As a result, your nerves become hypersensitive and you feel pain in response to sensations that shouldn’t be painful, such as the touch of a soft shirt.
Ketamine is a well-established medication that produces different results depending on the dose. At high doses, it’s a safe anesthetic. When you receive a low dose, it becomes an effective and rapid-acting pain reliever.
Ketamine alleviates bodywide fibromyalgia pain by targeting receptors in your brain that regulate pain signals. As ketamine blocks the receptors, your pain diminishes. Ketamine may provide additional pain relief as it activates opiate receptors and increases the levels of other chemicals, such as norepinephrine and serotonin.
Many patients with fibromyalgia also struggle with depression. Ketamine can help improve your depression by balancing levels of glutamate in your brain.
Your ketamine treatment is administered intravenously as you relax in a comfortable treatment chair in a private room. Your anesthesiologist uses a pump to release the precise dose. They also constantly monitor your heart rate and blood pressure using Caretaker®, a wireless device worn on your wrist.
After your infusion is finished, you’ll stay in recovery for a short time before you’re released to go home. Ketamine is currently an experimental treatment for fibromyalgia. If you respond to the medication, you should experience pain relief within a few hours to days, and then you’ll receive a series of six total treatments to produce optimal results.
If you struggle with fibromyalgia pain, call the Ketamine Center of Connecticut to schedule an appointment.