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How To Treat These 5 Chronic Pain Conditions

Pain is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right. Suffering an acute injury or recovering from surgery can bring pain, and it typically resolves on its own as your body heals.

But what happens if that pain doesn’t go away or it continues to get worse? Pain becomes chronic when it lasts longer than 12 weeks, and it can severely affect your ability to enjoy life.

Chronic pain is complex. While it might develop after an injury or surgery, it can also develop with no clear cause. Chronic pain conditions can be challenging to diagnose and treat, but our team at Ketamine Integrative Medicine is here to help.

Annette Lusko, DO, takes an alternative approach to managing chronic pain. She creates customized treatment plans that address even the most complex chronic pain conditions to help people live better.

Understanding chronic pain conditions

There are many types of chronic pain conditions. Here are five common ones.

1. Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition that’s characterized by extreme fatigue, sleep problems, dizziness, and pain. It’s also called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and it can make conducting daily tasks virtually impossible for people who have it.

An estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans have CFS, but it’s not clear what causes the condition. If you’ve dealt with fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest, and it’s lasted for six months or longer, you could have CFS.

2. Endometriosis

Endometriosis — which affects more than one in 10 American women — develops when tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus, such as on the ovaries or fallopian tubes.

This tissue sheds and bleeds like normal endometrial tissue, but it gets trapped in the body because it has nowhere to go. This can cause inflammation and pain. And for some women, this condition can cause chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis.

3. Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that can cause widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and memory difficulties. An estimated 4 million American adults have fibromyalgia.

It’s not clear what causes this condition, but it can develop after a traumatic injury or intense psychological distress. And having fibromyalgia can increase the likelihood that you’ll develop other chronic pain conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

4. Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is a term that describes a group of gastrointestinal diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Inflammatory bowel disease causes chronic inflammation, abdominal pain, and fatigue. About 3 million Americans have been diagnosed with IBD.

5. Temporomandibular joint disorders

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to your skull. You have two temporomandibular joints, one on each side of your face. Temporomandibular joint disorders affect nearly 10 million Americans.

Symptoms, which often come and go, include jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, and chewing problems. Some people, however, have severe disorders that cause longer lasting pain and chronic migraines.

Treating chronic pain conditions with ketamine therapy

Dr. Lusko specializes in treating chronic pain conditions. First, she reviews your symptoms and medical history. Then she performs a comprehensive physical exam and orders additional testing as necessary. Once she reaches a diagnosis, she develops a treatment plan.

She may recommend combining osteopathic manipulations, injections, and lifestyle changes, along with supervised ketamine infusions. Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that’s administered intravenously to reduce pain symptoms. Depending on your condition, Dr. Lusko may recommend a series of infusions. A session normally lasts a few hours.

Living with chronic pain can be exhausting, but the alternative therapies at Ketamine Integrative Medicine offer hope. To learn if ketamine therapy may be able to help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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