Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and non-painful signals. This is called abnormal pain perception processing and people with fibromyalgia may be more sensitive to the same pain than people without it. While there are many unknowns with fibromyalgia, it can be effectively treated and managed.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, but one aspect that contributes to the condition has been identified. Chronic pain changes your brain and central nervous system, making them hypersensitive to pain. This hypersensitivity is called central sensitization which causes the body then sends pain signals from things that shouldn’t be painful. Ketamine infusions can help relieve pain and cause a reset in the brain helping overcome this problem.
Some common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Widespread pain, stiffness, and unwanted sensations all over the body
- Extreme fatigue that doesn’t improve with sleep
- Sensitivity to lights, noises, and temperature
- Problems with thinking, memory, and concentration
- Headaches, including migraines
How Ketamine Can Help
Ketamine Infusions treat fibromyalgia on several fronts. Low doses of ketamine rapidly relieve widespread body pain and headaches enabling you to think clearer and feel better. It is believed that ketamine can reset the receptors in the brain responsible for pain signals and reduce the central nervous systems sensitization associated with pain. This is effectively resetting how your body perceives pain.
After this reset, ketamine helps foster a “rewiring” of new connections between newer, stronger synapses and restores damaged nerve connections allowing the nervous system to find better routes of communication. Imagine how a reset of your pain pathways and stronger nerve connections can reduce long-term pain.
You can experience rapid relief on other fronts as many parts of the brain are targeted by ketamine. Ketamine causes an influx in the mood regulation and decision-making chemicals in the brain effectively treating depression and anxiety. Ketamine is also shown to increase neuroplasticity which allows the breaking of negative patterns in the nervous system as well as in our mindset and actions. All of these factors working in tandem can lead to lasting change.
To learn more about ketamine therapy and how it can help you return to a healthy, pain-free life, call NeuConnections or book a consultation online today.