Fibromyalgia may be dubbed an “invisible illness,” but for those who live with it, fibromyalgia symptoms are ever-present and cause widespread pain, sleeping difficulties, fatigue, and emotional distress.
Although physical therapy, stress management, and pain medication can temporarily relieve some fibromyalgia symptoms, sometimes it’s not enough. As a chronic pain specialist, Dr. Benjamin Taimoorazy knows how defeating that can feel. Which is why we also offer alternative treatments such as regenerative medicine and ketamine infusions.
New to ketamine? Read on to learn more.
What are ketamine infusions?
Ketamine is an anesthetic that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 1970. Unlike other general anesthetics, ketamine doesn’t slow down your heart or respiration rate.
Since that time, however, ketamine has been used to help with treatment-resistant depression and chronic pain. When used for chronic pain management, ketamine is delivered intravenously into your bloodstream.
Here at Beverly Hills Migraine and Pain Management Institute, we offer ketamine infusions as part of our comprehensive fibromyalgia treatment options to people living in Beverly Hills and Northridge, California.
How does ketamine help fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia 一 or fibro as it’s often called 一 causes musculoskeletal pain, mood instability, and fatigue, and thankfully, ketamine infusions can address most if not all of these symptoms. For someone who has struggled with fibro fog and daily aches, this can seem too good to be true, but research indicates it works.
Here’s how ketamine works for fibromyalgia:
- Ketamine blocks the N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, which helps to reset your pain sensitivity levels
- Ketamine increases levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which supports neuron connections
- Ketamine inhibits activity of the default mode network (DMN) in the brain, which helps control both depression and chronic pain
- Ketamine interacts with glutamate receptors, which helps to block signals between your brain and certain parts of your body
In other words, ketamine infusions work to reduce your fibromyalgia symptoms by rewiring your brain. By forming healthier neural pathways, your brain’s hypersensitivity to pain is reduced.
Getting started with ketamine infusions for fibromyalgia
If Dr. Taimoorazy determines that ketamine is right for you, he may recommend a series of ketamine infusions.
Ketamine infusions are straightforward. We place an IV in your arm, and our team monitors you throughout your infusion. After your infusion, you may feel groggy, so it’s important to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home afterward. In the morning following your infusion, you may wake up feeling refreshed and in a lot less pain. Ketamine tends to work quickly, and you may see an improvement in your symptoms in as little as 24 hours.
Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Taimoorazy may suggest a few infusions, but we also provide guidance on other lifestyle changes that complement ketamine infusions. This includes good sleep hygiene, healthy eating habits, and stress management strategies. Ketamine isn’t a cure for fibromyalgia but can give you the relief you need.
Don’t let fibro pain control your life. When nothing is working, consider ketamine infusions. Call us today at 424-302-0289 or request an appointment online.