For many Americans, aches, pains, and fatigue are just a way of life given the current stressors of 2020 so far. Yet, for some, they experience levels of these symptoms that are often so debilitating that they can’t perform normal jobs, chores, or activities without having to sit or lie down due to the overbearing weight of their symptoms.
While many patients experience similar symptoms and suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, they often don’t have the accompanying pain that is common and specific to Fibromyalgia.
Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and how to relieve your pain as you work towards healing for good!
What is Fibromyalgia?
Unlike many other conventional diseases and diagnoses, Fibromyalgia doesn’t have one single cause or triggering factor. It is actually caused from the dysfunction of several key systems in the body.
Many Functional Medicine doctors believe the culprit of Fibromyalgia to be from Autoimmune origin. This is when the body’s own immune system begins to attack itself.
This often occurs due to overwhelming inflammation in the gastrointestinal system thus allowing larger than normal food particles and gut microbes into circulation where they should not be.
The immune system does not recognize these particles and thus calls for an attack on them. Ironically, the same receptors on these foreign particles often match the same receptor sites of normal tissues throughout the body and they inadvertently get caught in the crossfire.
This is the origin of other Autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s for the Thyroid, or Rheumatoid Arthritis in the hands, knees, and joints of these unlucky patients.
With Fibromyalgia, the tissues and systems attacked are more systemic throughout the body. Often it is the cellular energy systems (mitochondria), the brain, and the immune system that are seen as the enemy and attacked during Fibromyalgia flare ups or episodes.
How Do I Know If I Have Fibromyalgia?
Unfortunately, many conventionally trained physicians still don’t “believe” in Fibromyalgia as a diagnosis given that there simply isn’t an easy test or results that can point them to this single diagnosis.
Thankfully, there are many Functional Medicine and Integrative Practitioners that are assessing and testing the right body systems and are able to help lead patients to healing after following the appropriate lifestyle and functional approaches.
Subjective and objective clinical signs
But, even though there is not one specific “Fibromyalgia” marker, such as measuring cholesterol, there are several subjective and objective clinical signs that a patient more than likely is suffering from Fibromyalgia:
Wide-spread, persistent pain (above and below the waist)
Severe fatigue (lasting 4-6 months)
IBS or other intestinal issues
Frequent or reoccurring rashes
Multiple Chemical or Medication Sensitivities
What Are The Most Effective Treatments For Fibromyalgia?
While there isn’t one specific medication or approach that can cure Fibromyalgia, there are several avenues that patients can start down in order to find relief and ultimately heal their most frequent and debilitating symptoms.
1- Focusing on Lifestyle
Ensuring you are getting enough restorative sleep each and every night.
Focusing on eating “Whole Foods” and staying away from processed or foods loaded with sugar.
Giving proper attention to optimizing your hormone health and adrenals.
Given the large role that stress plays in the cause and symptoms of Fibromyalgia, tending to your HPA Axis and ensuring you are monitoring your stress can be crucial to long term healing.
2- Focus on Gut Health
Given Fibromyalgia’s origin and relationship to the gut, it is imperative that patients focus on repairing and restoring proper digestion and gut health.
Seek out a Functional Medicine practitioner for help in discovering other root causes of your Fibromyalgia such as hidden infections or heavy metal toxicity.
Sometimes these hidden root causes can fly under the radar of other conventional testing, but these practitioners are trained in lab tests that are specific for identifying these types of hard to uncover issues.
Can Ketamine Help My Road To Recovery From Fibromyalgia?
Given the role that the nervous system plays in Fibromyalgia, Ketamine has been shown to be a potent relief agent for many of Fibromyalgia symptoms, specifically for the pain associated with it, and as a less invasive alternative to some treatments.
Ketamine appears to reduce the central nervous system sensitization associated with the pain of Fibromyalgia.
Since Ketamine is a NMDA receptor antagonist that increases levels of glutamate in the brain, many researchers are discovering that this is precisely where most Fibromyalgia patients may need it most.
Studies on Ketamine and Fibromyalgia
Some studies even found that Ketamine specifically reduced the fatigue associated with Fibromyalgia.
We have listed several studies displaying the effectiveness of Ketamine in treating Fibromyalgia below:
What Are Some Types of Neuropathic Pain That Ketamine Can Help?
If medications and non-pharmacological interventions do not provide pain relief, IV ketamine therapy may be a treatment option.
Similar to depression, IV ketamine is known for its ability to help relieve medication-resistant chronic pain syndromes, especially those syndromes that have a neuropathic component, such as:
- Complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS-1)
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Crohn's disease
- Peripheral Neuropathies
How Do I Treat My Fibromyalgia?
While research continues to discover and test effective treatment for Fibromyalgia, Ketamine Infusions are showing promise with their current efficacy in providing relief for many patients.
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