What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes ongoing pain throughout the body. It's characterized by numerous tender points all over the body. Symptoms of Fibro include muscle and joint stiffness, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, fatigue, brain fog, memory issues, headaches, numbness/tingling in extremities and digestive issues. Central sensitization is thought to be the primary mechanism involved. This is where the central nervous system gets regulated into a persistent state of high reactivity which can create extreme pain even with minimal stimulus.
How does Ketamine treat Fibromyalgia?
Ketamine works to decrease the widespread nerve pain that you feel. Ketamine is an NMDA Receptor antagonist; therefore, it blocks the neurotransmitters at the NMDA Receptor site that allow you to feel pain. When these receptors are blocked, they cannot fire causing a decrease in pain. Ketamine also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which may help calm reduce some of the inflammation associated with Fibromyalgia.