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Fibromyalgia and Donating Blood

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Donating blood is an important way to give back to your community. If you take the time to donate your blood, you can help save a life. In fact, the American Red Cross estimates that about three lives can be saved when you donate blood. Blood is in constant need. Within the United States blood is needed around every two seconds, which is why it is important to continuously donate.

The following article will address blood donation and how it can be both advantageous and disadvantageous.

Advantages of Donating Blood

Donating blood is not only beneficial to recipients, but it also has several advantages for the donator. Below we will examine the several ways blood donations can help reduce your blood pressure, benefit your overall physical health, and help improve your mental health.

Reduce Blood Pressure

Donating blood has been found to help reduce blood pressure. Additionally, donating blood has been found to help lower the risk of heart disease and heart attacks if you continuously making blood donations. There are lower levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in donators, which protects against cardiovascular disease.

Physical Health

When you go to donate your blood you are required to go through a health screening. A health professional reviews things like your blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin levels, and pulse. They will also need to test your blood for any diseases. This is a free health checkup, which can help you manage your physical health more efficiently.

Mental Health

Donating blood can help improve your overall mental well-being. By acting selflessly and donating blood to help save a life you can feel a sense of belonging and purpose. It can help reduce negative feelings and make you feel less isolated.

Disadvantages of Donating Blood

First, let us start by discussing the disadvantages of donating blood. Donating is a safe process and involves a trusted procedure. Blood donation has more advantages than disadvantages, but for this article, we are going to examine the few reasons why donating blood can be difficult for some people. Blood donation can be time-consuming and can take up to at least an hour for the entire process. However, the actual blood donation happens within ten minutes. Also, the process of donating blood can leave you with bruising, pain, weakness, continued bleeding, or dizziness and nausea. Below we will go into detail about these disadvantages.

Bruising

It is quite common to experience bruising when you donate blood. When the needle is inserted into one of your veins to collect blood it tends to leave the area a little bruised. Bruises vary in color and size. Yellow, blue, or even purple bruises are nothing to worry about. In fact, you should not be at all concerned if you get bruises after donating blood. You can easily treat the bruises by placing an ice pack on the bruised area.

Pain

Pain may arise when the needle is inserted into your arm. The process of taking blood is not painful, but the needle can cause discomfort for some people. It is also possible to feel a bit sore after donating blood, especially if you experience bruising.

Weakness

After donating blood it is possible to feel weak. Your arm is more likely to experience weakness because that is the site where blood is drawn. It is important to not exercise or do any intense physical activity for a few hours after you donate blood.

Continued Bleeding

If you experience continued bleeding after removing the needle, put pressure on the site that is bleeding. Then, keep your arm above your heart for a few minutes before releasing the pressure. The pressure should slow down the bleeding. This is why you are told to keep the bandage and dressing around your arm for a few hours so that way the bleeding will stop. However, if you notice that your bleeding does not stop after applying pressure, you will need to speak to your doctor.

Dizziness and Nausea

Once completing your blood donation, you need to sit in an observation area for about fifteen minutes. During this time, you can drink water or juice, rest, and eat a small snack. This allows your body to recuperate and helps prevent any dizziness, lightheadedness, or nausea. Mild versions of dizziness, lightheadedness, or nausea can still occur. If you experience these side effects long after blood donation, call and speak to your blood donation center.

If you are interested in donating your blood, contact your local blood donation center to find out the requirements for blood donations.

 

 

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Fibromyalgia and Vibration Therapy

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Dr. John Harvey Kellogg was an odd fellow to say the least. He invented several strange medical devices, insisted on high-powered enema machines, and was even a vocal activist for the eugenics movement of the day. Kellogg was convinced that sex was terribly unhealthy and the cause of most diseases. Thus, he became an ardent supporter of the Victorian-era’s anti-masturbation campaign. He even boasted being married for 40 years and never having sex with his wife, although that sounds like a poor excuse for covering up something else, in my opinion. For Kellogg, a key way to combat the maladies that came from such activity – bad posture, mood swings, bashfulness, and boldness to name a few – was primarily through diet. For example, he developed both the initial concept for and also the name “granola.” Working with his brother Will Kellogg, he also created Corn Flakes. These were literally part of his anti-masturbation crusade.

That’s why it’s incredibly ironic that among Kellogg’s inventions was the vibrating chair. Allegedly, it was used to stimulate the vital organs in the lower abdomen. Apparently, you can still visit the Kellogg Discovery Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, and sit on this chair yourself. I have no idea if it’s plugged in, but you can imagine the potential effect the chair had on women. He may have gotten the idea from others who were developing vibration therapy machines for medical use as well. For example, Joseph Mortimer Granville invented a handheld battery-operated device, called Granville’s Hammer, to relieve muscle aches and pains. He sold his vibrator to physicians who used them on women to treat so-called “hysteria” in women. That’s right…they used vibrators on women to treat their “nerves.”

Is This Really a Medical Thing?

This probably isn’t where you thought this article was going. It’s actually not. The last time I mentioned masturbation as a healthful benefit to remediating the pain associated with fibromyalgia, half of you launched into angry tirades at the mere suggestion, while the other half gave virtual ‘high-fives.’ So, about half of you will be relieved to know this article is not about using vibrators. The other half will be mildly disappointed. But the above information does lay the groundwork for the health benefits of vibration therapy, or at least for the medical exploration of it since more than a century ago.

Although, arguably not the first to come up with the idea, Russian physician Gustav Zander invented a therapeutic vibration device in 1867. Even Dr. Kellogg proclaimed that his vibrating chair could cure you of constipation and improve circulation. As the decades passed, various space programs started using vibration therapy on astronauts to strengthen bone mass and muscles.

The Russians were especially adept at this, as explained by Dr. Christian H. Reichardt: “Cosmonauts used WBV [whole body vibration] machines to maintain bone mineral density and muscle strength. Instead of being too weak to walk upon returning from orbit, the Russian cosmonauts were returning from space in almost the same condition as when they left. Ever wonder why the Russians were so dominant in the Olympics during the 1980’s? You guessed it…their athletes were using WBV regularly in training and rehabilitation programs.” So yeah…vibration therapy is really a medical thing.

What is Vibration Therapy Good For?

Science-Based Medicine explains, “Whole body vibration therapy (WBVT) refers to these legitimate physical vibrations. It is being offered as a treatment for balance, back pain, neurological disorders, and also simple fitness” [emphasis added]. And guess what, fibro folks? At least one study looked at WBVT for fibromyalgia patients and came to this conclusion: “‘Whole-body vibration could be an adequate treatment for fibromyalgia as a main therapy or added to a physical exercise programme as it could improve balance, disability index, health-related quality of life, fatigue, and pain.”

How Does Vibration Therapy Work?

In case you’re a little weirded out, wondering what in the world the therapy actually does, Science-Based Medicine explains, “WBVT is considered a passive exercise modality, in which something is being done to the person, rather than the person actively engaging in an activity, such as walking, weight lifting, or swimming. With WBVT users lay, sit, or stand on a platform that vibrates rapidly in one or more directions. The idea is that the rapid vibrations force the muscles of the body to contract in reaction, providing a form of exercise.”

Additionally, there is localized vibration therapy. In this case, a therapist will place a hand-held device directly on your muscles, such as thigh or back muscles. This causes the muscles to contract and relax. Reportedly, the benefits extend to the following:

  • Increase bone density
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce joint pain
  • Reduce back pain
  • Alleviate stress
  • Boost metabolism

There is even research showing that vibration therapy can have short-term effects on motor impairments in patients with Parkinson’s disease. You can purchase a number of therapy machines for your home through traditional resources like Amazon. But you can also talk to your healthcare practitioner for more specialized therapy that works according to your health needs.

 

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Is Fibromyalgia Hereditary?

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Affecting more than 5 million Americans, fibromyalgia is the most commonly diagnosed chronic pain disorder today. But is fibromyalgia hereditary?

Well, that question is more complicated than it may seem. A relatively newly recognized disorder, with its modern definition and diagnosis being solidified in 1972 by Dr. Hugh Smythe, and only seen as an actual condition by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1987, there haven’t been as many opportunities (or enough funding) to study fibromyalgia as there have been with other conditions and disorders.

So what does this mean for sufferers of fibromyalgia? What does modern science say about the possibility of passing on fibromyalgia to your children/grandchildren?

What causes fibromyalgia?

According to the American College of Rheumatology:

There is most often some triggering factor that sets off fibromyalgia. It may be spine problems, arthritis, injury, or other type of physical stress. Emotional stress also may trigger this illness. The result is a change in the way the body “talks” with the spinal cord and brain. Levels of brain chemicals and proteins may change. More recently, Fibromyalgia has been described as Central Pain Amplification disorder, meaning the volume of pain sensation in the brain is turned up too high.

With such a broad description of the possible causes of fibromyalgia, it is clear that the disorder is not very well understood, even by medical professionals. But even when this is the case, there have been some breakthroughs in the study of whether or not we can answer “is fibromyalgia hereditary.”

Is fibromyalgia hereditary?

Like many other rheumatic diseases, fibromyalgia is believed to be the result of a genetic tendency that could be passed down to one’s genetic offspring, especially from mothers to daughters.

Defined as possibly being “epigenetic,” rheumatic diseases could be a result of specific genes being “turned on” by environmental factors that otherwise might stay dormant.

A quick breakdown of the phenomenon of epigenetics from The Guardian reads:

Epigenetics is essentially additional information layered on top of the sequence of letters (strings of molecules called A, C, G, and T) that makes up DNA.

If you consider a DNA sequence as the text of an instruction manual that explains how to make a human body, epigenetics is as if someone’s taken a pack of highlighters and used different colours to mark up different parts of the text in different ways. For example, someone might use a pink highlighter to mark parts of the text that need to be read the most carefully, and a blue highlighter to mark parts that aren’t as important.

There are different types of epigenetic marks, and each one tells the proteins in the cell to process those parts of the DNA in certain ways. For example, DNA can be tagged with tiny molecules called methyl groups that stick to some of its C letters. Other tags can be added to proteins called histones that are closely associated with DNA. There are proteins that specifically seek out and bind to these methylated areas, and shut it down so that the genes in that region are inactivated in that cell. So methylation is like a blue highlighter telling the cell “you don’t need to know about this section right now.”

So what does this all mean? Does this necessarily mean that fibromyalgia is hereditarily passed?

As of right now, the only answer that science can give to the question, “Is fibromyalgia hereditary?” is that it very well possibly could be. Without more study, peer-reviewed research, and fundingwe simply don’t know more than the simple fact that fibromyalgia seems to cluster in family lines with no real pattern or ease of diagnosis.

For more information on fibromyalgia, please visit the American College of Rheumatology.

 

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The Reality of Depression

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Recently I wrote about those who question the reality of depression. What sparked the article was a Twitter thread wherein a professional kickboxer launched a very derogatory speech about how “depression isn’t real” and how depressed people are “too lazy to change it.” Most of the responses to him were emotionally charged, but some people offered several articles and resources that discussed the reality and consequences of depression. Occasionally someone would agree with the original post, including one person who charged: “I challenge anyone to come up with a study definitively proving the medical cause of depression.” That statement is, of course, absurd. People turn up with scores of diseases and conditions everyday for which there is no known cause.

Basically, we have two claims here, but in three forms. The first blatantly states that depression is a fake problem. The second says that anyone with so-called symptoms of depression is just lazy and needs to just get up and get better. The third essentially implies the same as the first, and uses a lack of cause to justify the argument. Hopefully these are the kind of people who just remove all their filters once they get behind a keyboard. But in case you ever have to engage with someone so ignorant and contentious, let’s go ahead and address each of these so that you can be armed with reason.

“Depression isn’t real”

In the interest of full disclosure, I need to once again say that I’m personally skeptical of Psychology as a field of medicine. Ironically, I started my degree as a Psych major but changed it to a minor after I got further into the relativity of it. That’s because I was also studying other cultures and quickly found that one country’s abnormal case that supposedly requires medication or institutionalization is another country’s priest or mayor. It should be noted that many non-Western countries offer a vastly different support system through communal living. We, on the other hand, are very isolated and hyper-focused on independence. Non-Western areas also tend to have a much different view of spirituality and are not obsessed with tangible evidence to validate their beliefs. I would not be surprised to find that depression is often a culturally specific condition. But that doesn’t negate its reality.

For example, while living in the suburbs, I suffered from severe postpartum depression. However, I believe I would not have had the same experience if I lived in a place where I was not isolated from my community and family. In no way does that mean my experience wasn’t real. Indeed, extreme poverty in places like Brazil causes malnutrition and dehydration. It’s so profound, that if a mother can carry a child to term, there is a very high risk that the baby will die because the mother cannot even produce milk with which to nurse the infant (from Death Without Weeping by Nancy Scheper-Hughes). Those people, too, are suffering from severe depression. Go figure.

The Mayo Clinic summarizes that “depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems…More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness and you can’t simply “snap out” of it. Depression may require long-term treatment.” Furthermore, Harvard Medical School adds that “there are many possible causes of depression, including faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems. It’s believed that several of these forces interact to bring on depression.”

Depressed People are “too lazy to change it”

Remember those starving folks in Brazil? Are they just lazy? Did you know that in the United States alone, an average of 20 veterans commits suicide every day? So, they had the fortitude to go into combat and/or serve in any capacity of the military, but somehow they just got lazy and killed themselves? Depression is one of the hallmarks of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says that “PTSD affects 7.7 million adults, or 3.5% of the U.S. population. Women are more likely to be affected than men. Rape is the most likely trigger of PTSD: 65% of men and 45.9% of women who are raped will develop the disorder. Childhood sexual abuse is a strong predictor of lifetime likelihood for developing PTSD.” But our kickboxing Twitter ranter says these victims are just too lazy to change themselves. I guess ignorance really is bliss.

‘No Cause = Not Real’

I’m not going to spend much time here. I usually try to be relatively diplomatic, but this is one of the dumbest arguments I’ve ever heard in my life. The National Institutes of Health lists 14 autoimmune diseases alone. These have no known cause, but the condition is really happening. We don’t know definitive causes of depression, but you can compare brain scans of depressed and non-depressed people and see a definitive difference in function.

Please take the time to check the links in this article. They offer a wealth of information regarding the reality of depression. And if you or someone you know or love is in bad shape right now, do not hesitate to get help. What’s happening is real and it needs to be addressed, lest it lead to greater health problems or worse, even death.

The Crisis Text Line offers 24/7 support. Text for free at 741741 for immediate help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also a 24/7 support system available by phone, text, or online chat. 800-273-8255. They also have options for deaf or hard-of-hearing as well as Spanish speakers.

International callers: The Lifeline Canada Foundation. They also offer International Crisis Hotlines and Worldwide Emergency Numbers and include call, text, email, and online chat options.

 

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Fibromyalgia and Body pain

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There are several conditions related to body pain. If your body aches and you are experiencing pain, it is important to find out why. Make sure to speak to your doctor if your pain persists or increases. Also, make an appointment with a doctor you trust if you have more questions or concerns.

The following article will address the several reasons you may be experiencing body pain. Keep reading to understand conditions related to body aches and pain.

Body Pain

As stated previously, there are several conditions related to body pain. Body pain can result from stress and dehydration or from something more serious like fibromyalgia. Listed below are some reasons why you may be experiencing body pain.

Stress

Stress negatively impacts your health. When you are stressed your immune system does not respond to inflammation very well and makes it more difficult for the body to fight against diseases. Your body becomes more susceptible to not only inflammation, but also infection. In turn, your body aches. There are additional symptoms to look out for if you are stressed, such as having a higher heart rate, increased blood pressure, shaking, headaches, hot flashes or cold sweats, and hyperventilating. Simple things like meditation, yoga, exercise, walks, and talking to a loved one or friend can help with your stress and lessen your symptoms.

Lack of Sleep

Sleep is very important to your overall health. When you do not get enough sleep your body is not able to completely reenergize and recuperate. Everyone needs about six to eight hours of sleep each night. Your body not only needs to stay refreshed, but also your brain requires sleep to stay alert during the day. A few symptoms of sleep deficiency include trouble remembering things, trouble staying awake during the day, trouble speaking, and trouble understanding someone. Try going to sleep and waking up at the same time so your body and mind become accustomed to a sleep schedule. Also, if you have difficulty falling asleep at night, try exercising earlier in the day, meditation, yoga, or drinking tea (with no caffeine) before bed.

Dehydration

Our bodies rely on water, making it an important resource. Staying hydrated helps the body perform daily functions, such as digestion. Body pain and aches may be a result of dehydration. Other symptoms of dehydration involve dark urine, headaches, extreme thirst, exhaustion, and dizziness. Follow the 8×8 rule if you believe you are dehydrated. The 8×8 rule simply means to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day to stay hydrated. Avoid sugary drinks, such as soda and juice, and instead try drinking as much water as you can. Fruits also help keep one hydrated, such as apples, watermelon, and oranges that have a high water content.

Lack of Vitamin D

Lacking vitamin D can happen if you have hypocalcemia, or a low blood calcium level. Not enough vitamin D means that your body is not able to absorb the calcium it needs. Your body relies on calcium, especially organs like your kidneys and muscles. Without vitamin D to absorb calcium, your body can feel achy. Body cramps, muscle pain, numbness, seizures, and dizziness are signs of a lack of vitamin D.

Cold or Flu

Your body can be achy when you are sick. The cold and flu are viral infections that cause inflammation. Your body aches because your immune system is working hard to fight against the infection. You know when you are sick with the cold or flu because you also experience a sore throat, sneezing, coughing, thick mucus, and/or headaches. In order for a faster recovery, it is important to get lots of sleep. Get enough rest as well as drink plenty of water so your body can heal. Additionally, there are over-the-counter medications to help relieve your body aches and pain.

Fibromyalgia

If your muscles and bones feel achy, it is possible you have fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia experience stiffness, trouble sleeping, headaches, abdominal pain, sensitivity to light or sound, and/or tingling sensations in your body. Speak to your doctor if you are experiencing extreme body pain or believe you may have fibromyalgia. There is not a known cause of fibromyalgia, which makes it difficult to treat. However, the symptoms are treatable, which is why it is important to talk with your doctor.

When to Talk to a Doctor

You will need medical attention if you have extreme and lasting symptoms related to body pain. Because body pain is also associated with more serious conditions it is very important to speak to your doctor. Serious conditions related to body pain include: Multiple sclerosis (MS), Histoplasmosis, Lyme disease, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and Pneumonia. For more information, visit the Mayo Clinic site, which lists more causes of muscle and body pain.

 

 

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Can a Nerve Block Help Fibromyalgia?

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The technology that has started to go around in the world of medicine really is interesting. As time goes on, it’s hard to believe how much help we can get from all of the different advancements that have occurred in recent years.

One such advancement is known as nerve blocks, and they have been known to help with a number of different painful diseases and disorders, including fibromyalgia.

What Are Nerve Blocks and How Do They Work?

Nerve blocks are similar to other types of injections that help to reduce the amount of pain and stress that your body goes through. If you’ve ever heard of cortisone shots, they basically end up working in the same exact way.

What they do is that they “block” the nerves that you are feeling pain in. The injection is put into the area where the pain is being felt, and because of that, you get immediate relief from whatever pain you may be dealing with in that location.

Even though we’re talking about fibromyalgia here, there are lots of reasons that nerve blocks can be used. The most common reason that it is used is because of childbirth. If you’ve ever heard of an epidural, then you’ve heard of a nerve block.

The epidural blocks the nerves that cause a woman to feel pain in their reproductive organs – in some women, it ends up helping so much that they don’t feel any pain at all as a result of their labor. It’s actually quite amazing, since many women say that childbirth is one of the most painful things to go through – a couple of little shots can make it so it doesn’t hurt anymore!

The procedure is relatively simple. An anesthesiologist will help you through the procedure in a safe way.  They will give you the nerve blocker through an injection. Then, as the injection is going into your nerves, you will get to sit and relax while it’s going on. It takes anywhere from a half hour to an hour, and it could be any number of different things, depending on exactly what you need to do.

What Do Nerve Blocks Do to Assist with Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

As stated above, we’re focusing on fibromyalgia here. What do nerve blocks do in order to help with the reduction of pain that happens with fibromyalgia? They’re actually quite an important tool, and many people find relief when they use it as part of their fibromyalgia treatment plan.

We’ve discussed in other articles that the main area that is affected by fibromyalgia is the nervous system. The nervous system is overreacting to pretty much everything that is going on in the body, even if it’s not something that would normally cause a person to have pain. This over sensitivity can cause a number of different problems, including the pain that you are fighting off on a daily basis if you have the disorder.

So, logically, the nerve blocks make sure that the nerves are not firing off as they usually would, thus making it so that you aren’t feeling as much pain in those situations as you would otherwise. That being said, people who use this method will end up finding a lot of relief rather quickly, which is something that is rare for those who are dealing with fibromyalgia pain and other related symptoms.

Of course, that’s not the only thing that nerve blockers do. Because you aren’t dealing with as much pain, there are other symptoms that you may have noticed that have been reduced as well. Here are some of the issues that may be alleviated by nerve blocks and similar procedures.

– Increased flexibility and range of motion. If you are feeling sore, then chances are that you’re also feeling as if you are unable to move around very easily. When you get relief from that pain, you will notice that it’s a lot easier for you to move around and do everything that you did before the pain became a real problem in your life.

– If you are worried about having the pain flare up again, you can have the procedure done again. Over time, this will make it so that your nerves are not as sensitive as they once were, thus reducing the symptoms that you feel and making it so that you are better able to cope with any pain that you may be experiencing as a result. And if a treatment that helps to reduce the pain now can also help prevent further pain, you will realize that it’s definitely worth any investment that you put into it.

– Sometimes, nerve blocks can end up being a part of a physical therapy routine. Why is that? Because it makes it easier for you to go through the motions and to do all of the different things that need to happen during your physical therapy treatment. It’s usually done by an anesthesiologist, but your physical therapist will let you know ahead of time if you will be using it in between all of the procedures that you’re going to be doing as well.

– If you have any other disorders that are related to your fibromyalgia, including digestive issues, joint motion, vulvodynia, or any other pain related issues, you can find a lot of relief from those as well.

Nerve blocks are becoming a more popular option among doctors who treat patients with fibromyalgia symptoms. The pain can get really intense at times, so having a way that you can help to relieve that pain can be a huge deal, and it can end up solving a lot of other problems that you may be having as well. If you want to consider nerve blocks as part of your pain management, have a discussion with your doctor about it. They’ll be able to let you know if it’s something that will help you or if they want to explore other avenues of pain relief first.

Further reading:

Pain Management and Nerve Blocks: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/nerve-blocks

Nerve Blocks: http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_nerve_blocks.html

 

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Fibromyalgia & IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy

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Anyone with fibromyalgia knows that there are hundreds of treatments that address the varied symptoms of fibro. It 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 plethora of treatments. There is a newer treatment that seems to help several fibro symptoms, as well as addressing the causes of the disorder. This treatment is intravenous (IV) ketamine infusion therapy. Here is a closer look at how IV ketamine infusion works, and what is promising about using it to treat fibromyalgia.

Ketamine has been used in medicine for around fifty years now. The drug is often used as an anesthetic for surgery, because at that dose it causes a person to become unconscious and blocks the body’s ability to feel pain. This happens because the drug blocks the nerve receptors that transfer pain signals. The same substance has also been used to help psychiatric issues, including depression, which many fibro patients deal with.

IV ketamine infusion therapy helps to treat fibromyalgia by using the same neurological blocking properties that make it so useful to anesthesiologists. The IV ketamine infusion uses a far lower dose, and it is injected over a long period of time. Studies show that, when applied in this way, patients can have significant relief of pain symptoms for 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 pain response reboot. This process must be repeated to maintain the same level of relief. IV ketamine infusion therapy is generally reserved for patients that have been resistant to all other forms of treatment, and that suffer severe neurological pain. Many who suffer with fibromyalgia definitely meet that standard. To get ketamine treatments for your fibro symptoms, you need to talk to your doctor. If the doctor thinks that it would be beneficial for your case, then he/she will give you a referral to a clinic that performs the procedure.

The IV ketamine infusion process is relaxing. When undergoing the infusion you basically go into a chemically induced sleep for several hours. Certain motor functions are still left intact with this medicine, so if you have to use the restroom in the middle of the treatment you may wake up. For anyone who suffers from lack of restful sleep due to their fibro, the idea of a chemically induced slumber does not sound too bad.

Ketamine also agitates the receptors that regulate glutamate (a mood modulator), that has a role in depression. Because of this, it provides quick results as an antidepressant. Many fibro patients suffer from depression. The combined ability of ketamine to treat both depression and chronic neurological pain make it a great option for treatment of fibromyalgia.

 

 

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