Don't Let Fibromyalgia Control Your Life

Suffering from chronic pain and discomfort is something no one wants in their life. However, if you have fibromyalgia, you know pain all too well. And because it’s a condition of elimination — ruling out all other possibilities before settling on a diagnosis — it can be hard to control the disorder, even with treatment. So where does that leave you?

At Boston MindCare, our goal is to help you find relief from the discomfort of many conditions, including fibromyalgia. Our skilled anesthesiologists, Dr. Jason Yee and Dr. Isabele Lagarda, specialize in a different type of treatment for your condition, known as ketamine infusion therapy.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a very complex disorder that causes chronic pain all over your body. If it’s severe, it causes you to miss out on life and work, even as you try to deal with your many symptoms. It not only causes pain, but it also causes sleep disturbances and mental and emotional distress. Fibromyalgia mimics conditions like arthritis, but the pain caused by this disorder is musculoskeletal in nature. It doesn’t actually affect your joints like arthritis does.

The most frustrating thing about fibromyalgia is that there’s no known cause you can pinpoint. It can be genetic in nature, meaning someone else in your family also suffers from the same disorder, or it may not be. Other possible triggers of this condition include:

Sometimes, though, the symptoms of fibromyalgia come on gradually, and there’s no known triggering event. This can make diagnosing your condition very difficult, as doctors have to rely solely on your account of symptoms.

Fibromyalgia symptoms

Although you may know fibromyalgia as a condition that causes widespread soft tissue and muscle pain, it’s much more than that. There are a lot of other signs and problems associated with this complex disorder. Some other symptoms you might experience include:

Another very common sign of fibromyalgia is what’s known as brain fog. This simply means you might have trouble with your cognitive abilities, such as thinking, concentrating, and planning. Fibromyalgia not only causes the above symptoms, but has also been linked to other chronic disorders, such as:

Because of the broad spectrum of symptoms, many of which mimic other disorders and conditions, it’s difficult sometimes to definitively determine if they’re fibromyalgia related.

Treatments that can help

This condition is debilitating, but there are things you can do to get your life back. Finding a doctor who understands fibromyalgia’s complex nature and can draw up an effective treatment plan, along with lifestyle modifications you can make, can help you control your symptoms. Sometimes, it may take several different treatment options to find the one that works for you. Some of the treatments offered for this condition include:

Lifestyle modifications also help to control the symptoms related to this disorder. These may include regular exercise, stress management, and a healthy sleep routine. However, even with following these treatments diligently, sometimes your symptoms persist. That’s where Dr. Yee and Dr. Lagarda come in.

At our facility, we specialize in ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine is a potent anesthetic drug that’s mostly used in surgical procedures. It has powerful qualities such as pain relief and relaxation, though, making it a very versatile drug that our doctors use for the treatment of many conditions.

Ketamine works in your brain on the NMDA receptors. By blocking these receptors, your brain can make new chemical pathways and create new synapses, allowing the ketamine to help restore normal function to different parts of the brain. This is especially helpful for chronic conditions like fibromyalgia.

We offer several forms of ketamine, including oral, nasal spray, or intravenous infusion. As with any drug, ketamine can have unpleasant side effects; however, we monitor you closely while on this medication, and we believe the benefits outweigh the risks.

If you’re tired of suffering through the chronic pain of fibromyalgia, call our office at 781-207-9841, or schedule a consultation online today.

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