Fibromyalgia Q & A
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a puzzling disorder that can affect many areas of the body. Symptoms often appear after physical or psychological trauma. Many people develop fibromyalgia after an accident, surgery, infection, or distressing event. But symptoms sometimes appear with no clear trigger.
Doctors aren't sure what causes fibromyalgia. But researchers believe the condition may be linked to genetic mutations. These mutations might make you more likely to develop fibromyalgia after an injury or illness.
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia symptoms can be widespread and often cause pain throughout your body. Many people with fibromyalgia struggle with severe fatigue. This fatigue can persist, even if you get plenty of sleep.
Other symptoms may include:
- Sensitivity to touch
- Sleep problems
- Numbness or stiffness
- Tingling or burning
"Fibro fog" is another notorious symptom. People with fibromyalgia often report problems with their cognitive abilities. You may have trouble with planning, decision-making, and completing tasks.
How is fibromyalgia treated?
Doctors believe that fibromyalgia symptoms result from changes inside your brain. People with fibromyalgia may have increased levels of certain neurochemicals. These chemicals might make your body more sensitive to pain.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia. Instead, treatment focuses on symptom management. Your medical team may suggest taking pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or sleeping aids. Some psychiatric medications and anti-seizure treatments also appear to ease fibromyalgia symptoms.
But these medications aren't always effective. Many people with fibromyalgia struggle with stubborn, treatment-resistant symptoms. If your pain persists, you may benefit from ketamine infusions.
How can ketamine relieve fibromyalgia symptoms?
Ketamine works directly on your brain, altering NMDA receptors. By blocking these receptors, your brain can activate certain biochemical pathways. Your brain may also develop new synapses. Generating new synapses helps restore healthy function in key regions of your brain.
At Boston MindCare, PC, you work with a trained anesthesiologist. Your provider helps you choose the right dosage and then delivers ongoing support. The practice offers several treatment options, including nasal sprays and injections.