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Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC

Pain Management Physicians located in Bellevue, WA

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. The exact cause is unknown, but it is believed to be related to a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. It is often accompanied by other symptoms such as sleep disturbances, cognitive difficulties, and mood changes. At Bellevue Pain and Wellness, Dr. Robert Bowers, board certified pain specialist can diagnose and treat fibromyalgia. To learn more about treating fibromyalgia or to book a consultation, call our office or make an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Overview

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it is thought to be related to a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread pain and tenderness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties such as memory loss and difficulty concentrating. Other common symptoms include headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and depression.

Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be challenging, as there is no specific test for the condition. Instead, a diagnosis is typically made based on a combination of factors, including a patient's medical history, physical examination, and the presence of specific tender points on the body.

It is also important to note that fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that can be hard to manage and that there is no cure. Treatment for fibromyalgia typically involves a combination of approaches, including medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Medications used to treat fibromyalgia include pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs. Physical therapy can help to improve muscle strength and flexibility, and may also help to reduce pain and improve sleep.

Lifestyle changes that may be beneficial for people with fibromyalgia include regular exercise, stress management techniques such as relaxation and mindfulness, and healthy eating.

In addition to the traditional treatments for fibromyalgia, such as medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes, ketamine infusions have recently emerged as a promising treatment option.

Ketamine is an anesthetic that has been used for decades in medical settings, but more recently, it has been found to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Studies have shown that ketamine infusions can significantly reduce pain and improve physical function in people with fibromyalgia.

Ketamine infusions are typically administered in a clinical setting by a trained healthcare professional, and the patient is monitored throughout the infusion. The infusions are usually given over a series of sessions, typically two to three times per week, for a period of several weeks. The frequency can vary person to person.

It is important to note that while ketamine infusions have shown promise in treating fibromyalgia, more research is needed to fully understand its potential benefits and risks. It is also important to work with a qualified healthcare provider who has experience with administering ketamine infusions.

Overall, fibromyalgia is a complex condition that requires a multifaceted approach to treatment. It is important for individuals with fibromyalgia to work closely with their healthcare provider to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses their specific needs and symptoms.