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Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia Treatment in Philadelphia, PA

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia Affects About 2% of the Global Population

At Voyage Healing, we understand the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia and how it can greatly impact a person’s quality of life.

The history of fibromyalgia dates back to the 19th century when doctors first began to recognize the condition. In the early 1900s, a doctor named William Gowers described a condition called “fibrositis,” which is thought to describe fibromyalgia. In the 1970s and 1980s, researchers began to study fibromyalgia more extensively, and the first diagnostic criteria for the condition were developed.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, but it is believed to be related to a combination of factors, including genetics, infections, physical or emotional trauma, and certain medical conditions.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia symptoms can vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms include widespread pain and tenderness, fatigue, sleep problems, cognitive difficulties (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”), and stiffness. Some people with fibromyalgia may also experience headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anxiety, and depression. Fibromyalgia symptoms can be difficult to manage and may interfere with a person’s ability to carry out daily activities, work, and enjoy life.

How Ketamine Works on Fibromyalgia

At Voyage Healing, we offer a comprehensive approach to treating fibromyalgia, including ketamine therapy. Ketamine works by blocking NMDA receptors in the brain, which can reduce pain and increase the levels of neurotransmitters such as glutamate and GABA, helping to regulate pain perception. Additionally, ketamine promotes neuroplasticity in the brain, creating new neural pathways, and allowing the individual to process traumatic memories differently.

The inhibition of the NMDA receptor may cause a build-up of free glutamate, which then activates the AMPA receptors. When surplus glutamate activates the AMPA receptor, it releases a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF, in interaction with the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), promotes new neural growth. This new growth may reroute the brain from hyperactive areas associated with chronic pain, thereby providing long-term relief.

What You Need to Know About Ketamine

Over the past 20 years, ketamine has demonstrated high treatment efficacy for mental health and chronic pain conditions. Initially an effective sedative on the battlefield with a wide safety margin, ketamine has become an invaluable treatment for various physical and mental issues, known for its transformative power and speedy results.

Ketamine interacts with multiple aspects of our psychology and physiology. Traditional methods like talk therapy and antidepressants can take months to start working. Ketamine therapy offers patients rapid relief, with some responding to treatments within a few hours of their first infusion session.

Treating Fibromyalgia Pain with Ketamine Infusions

At Voyage Healing, we understand that living with fibromyalgia can be incredibly challenging. The chronic pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties associated with the condition can make it difficult to carry out daily activities, work, and enjoy life. We’re proud to offer ketamine infusions as a treatment option for fibromyalgia patients.

Research has shown that ketamine can provide long-term remission of pain and long-term and sustained relief, even in patients resistant to other treatment forms. Our team of experts will work with you to determine the appropriate dosage of ketamine based on your body weight and administer the infusions at a controlled, slow pace. It’s important to note that no respiratory, hallucinogenic, or cardiovascular effects are associated with ketamine infusions.

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