For the two to four million Americans living with fibromyalgia, even the simplest of daily tasks and activities can turn into a debilitating struggle. Tasks that used to be simple and engaging, such as grocery shopping, gardening, or an evening stroll, may now present challenges and hurdles that are difficult to overcome without medical intervention.
Fibromyalgia is more than just subtle pain that comes and goes. It is more than the muscle soreness, creaks, or stiffness that can be brought on by too much activity, or overdoing it on the tennis court. This condition afflicts individuals with chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, which can be felt in pretty much every area of the body, including the jaw, shoulders, arms, legs, and back.
In addition to limiting activity and drastically reducing mobility, fibromyalgia can also present symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disruption, digestive issues, light and noise sensitivity, and cognitive impairment. Adding in the stigma attached to this condition and the lack of medical training that physicians receive on fibromyalgia, many patients are left feeling lonely and hopeless. Many patients may feel that daily pain from fibromyalgia will be a normal part of their lives forever.
Receiving an accurate fibromyalgia diagnosis can also be frustrating, as there are no official medical tests or default lab work results that provide affirmation of the condition. So, many times, before doctors can identify what it is, they have to identify what it’s not.
After ruling out other chronic conditions, fibromyalgia is often diagnosed simply by the explanation and severity of patient pain sources and coexisting symptoms.
Each case of fibromyalgia is unique, and patients often try to manage symptoms with over-the-counter pain relievers or even widely prescribed FDA-approved medications such as lyrica, gabapentin, muscle relaxants, or anti-depressants. However, in addition to being costly, these drugs may not have the intended influence on fibromyalgia pain management, while also setting off a chain reaction of undesirable side effects.
So, you may be wondering, how does LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) work to treat a chronic condition that continues to baffle even the medical community?
LDN has a therapeutic effect with regard to opioid receptor activity on neurons, and it also helps to regulate the microglia cells that are located in the central nervous system. The microglia cells are simply immune cells that are key players in the body’s inflammation response. They protect the brain from infection and disease, create optimal sensory activity, and manage the integrity of the brain’s neural circuit patterns.
LDN inhibits the activity of overactive microglial cells, which in turn, helps to reduce and reverse inflammation in the central and peripheral nervous systems. When the body’s opioid system is organically stimulated with LDN, the resulting endorphins that are released provide natural fibromyalgia pain relief - and attenuation of other chronic fibromyalgia symptoms as well.
LDN for the relief of fibromyalgia pain is an alternative treatment for fibromyalgia that is safe, effective, and affordable for long-term use. I have truly enjoyed watching the smiles return to the faces of my patients, as they have experienced the difference that LDN has made in their battle with daily pain from fibromyalgia. Common responses that I hear are: “Doctor, I can enjoy my life again”, “Doctor, I feel re-acquainted with the old me,” “Doctor, I forgot how optimistic my natural personality is.”
As is the case with many other types of chronic pain management and treatment, fibromyalgia treatment with LDN is best supplemented with lifestyle modifications, gentle exercise, and diet changes that come together as a holistic approach to fibromyalgia symptom management. With a combination of LDN treatment and self-care strategies, improved quality of life and a renewed vitality is waiting for you.
Although there is certainly no one-size-fits-all approach to managing this complex condition, the right dosage of LDN is tolerable for a wide variety of individuals who find themselves struggling to live daily life with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Before you are tempted to throw in the towel and accept fibromyalgia pain as your new reality, I would love to show you how effective LDN can be for managing fibromyalgia and its painful, disruptive symptoms.
We encourage you to book your telemedicine appointment with us today at ldndoctor.com.