Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder. As there is no specific test, the diagnosis is made by ruling out other disorders with similar symptom presentations. As is common with many chronic pain conditions, depression and anxiety are often diagnosed along with fibromyalgia. Widespread body pain, fatigue, poor sleep and disordered mood are symptoms not unique to fibromyalgia, therefore, thoughtful examination by a primary care provider is essential for an accurate diagnosis.
Ketamine has been useful in the treatment of fibromyalgia, owing to its pain-relieving properties, as well as its relationship with the glutamatergic system. Recent research has focused on the glutamatergic system’s possible role in fibromyalgia.
Psychotherapy like ketamine, helps the patient find relief quickly. Together with the therapist, patients develop a way of being that promotes self-regulation. This involves developing effective strategies to address both emotional and physical discomforts, immediately. A combined approach can rapidly reduce symptoms, avoiding frustration and re-initiating the cycle of pain commonly experienced with fibromyalgia.
If you have symptoms consistent with fibromyalgia, we encourage you to discuss it with your primary care provider, to facilitate a diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and are struggling to find relief, please connect with us today.