If you suffer from chronic pain due to fibromyalgia and want to reduce or avoid the need for prescription opioids, ketamine infusion therapy may be right for you. Board-certified nurse anesthetist Jacqueline Materi, APRN, CRNA, offers safe and effective pain relief from fibromyalgia at two Ketamine Care Clinic locations in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota. Call the location nearest you or book an appointment online today to learn more about ketamine treatment for fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread, chronic pain, as well as sleep problems, fatigue, and emotional distress. About 4 million American adults have fibromyalgia, most of whom are women.
Fibromyalgia often occurs with other problems, such as:
Researchers believe that fibromyalgia changes the way your nervous system processes pain signals. This makes you more sensitive to pain.
Prescription opioids (narcotics) are a common treatment for fibromyalgia. But opioids cause many adverse side effects, including addiction. Getting regular exercise and practicing stress-reduction techniques like meditation may also reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.
If chronic pain persists despite these treatments, Ketamine Care Clinic can help. It offers an alternative to opioid pain medications with ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine is an anesthetic medication, but in lower doses, it offers significant pain relief for patients with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia may cause an abnormal increase in the chemicals that signal pain. Ketamine works by inhibiting the parts of your brain that are responsible for sending pain signals. In addition to preventing neurons from sending pain signals, ketamine promotes healing in those cells for long-term relief.
Ketamine also activates opioid receptors and increases your body’s natural pain-relieving neurotransmitters. This combined action reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia.
More research is necessary to fully understand how ketamine works and how fibromyalgia changes your brain.
Your confidential consultation begins with a thorough evaluation and physical exam. Ketamine Care Clinic coordinates with your primary care physician and mental health provider to develop a personalized treatment plan for your specific fibromyalgia symptoms.
Ketamine infusion therapy takes place at the clinic. Your provider inserts an IV into your arm, which delivers the ketamine. The dose is lower than what’s used for anesthesia, so you remain awake throughout the infusion.
The treatment takes 1-4 hours, depending on your needs. You relax in a comfortable chair the entire time while a certified anesthetist monitors your safety and comfort. You stay at the clinic until any side effects, such as dizziness and nausea, pass. Someone else must come with you to drive you home.
Many people experience significant improvement right after their first ketamine infusion, but a series of treatments may provide the best relief.
For fast and effective relief from debilitating fibromyalgia symptoms, call Ketamine Care Clinic or book an appointment online today.