Fibromyalgia Specialist

Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies

Integrative Wellness Specialists & Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Mullica Hill, NJ

For the four million Americans that suffer from fibromyalgia, finding relief from the constant pain can be difficult. At Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies, Rick Pescatore, DO, FAAEM, and Joseph Cesarine, M.D., offer progressive treatments for pain management to help you find relief. Located in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, the pain management specialists provide personalized and professional care to help you get out of pain and functioning better. Learn more today by scheduling a consultation online or by phone.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic pain throughout the body. It’s characterized by numerous tender points all over the body and may have additional symptoms, such as:

  • Muscle and joint stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Issues with thinking, concentrating, and memory
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
  • Digestive issues, including diarrhea, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Fibromyalgia can cause widespread health issues that may be difficult to treat. At Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies, the team offers alternative solutions to traditional treatments in order to provide highly effective pain relief and symptom resolution when possible.

What causes fibromyalgia?

The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. Current research suggests that it occurs when the pain sensors in the brain become overly sensitive or the brain’s way of processing pain signals becomes altered. In many cases, fibromyalgia may be triggered by a history of:

  • Trauma, including car accidents
  • Repetitive injuries
  • Illnesses, including viral and bacterial infections
  • A close family member with fibromyalgia
  • Obesity

Fibromyalgia is most common in women, though men can be affected, too.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Traditional treatments for fibromyalgia focus on symptom reduction and lifestyle management of the condition. These therapies include:

  • Over-the-counter and prescription pain medications
  • Exercise, including cardiovascular and resistance training
  • Stress management techniques
  • Good sleep habits
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

For those who have tried these options with little or no success, the team offers advanced therapeutic options, including ketamine infusions to reduce pain.

How do ketamine infusions decrease fibromyalgia pain?

Ketamine is an analgesic drug commonly used in emergency rooms. It relieves pain by blocking the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. This receptor is responsible for the development of pain, especially chronic pain. When the receptor is blocked, pain signals can’t reach their target, so your brain doesn’t get the signal.

In recent studies, ketamine — either through intravenous infusions, inhalation, or oral administration — relieved pain more quickly than traditional prescription pain medications and also reduced patients’ needs for additional pain medications by 38%. At low doses, ketamine may also have fewer side effects than alternative analgesic drugs.

For moderate to severe pain caused by fibromyalgia, the team may recommend low-dose ketamine therapy for you. To determine if it’s the best option for your needs, the team completes a thorough exam and testing before beginning any treatment program.

Find out if ketamine can help with your fibromyalgia pain by calling or booking a consultation online at Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies now.