Having a chronic disease that is often misdiagnosed and cautiously accepted can cause individuals living with the disease to feel depressed and disrespected. The unwarranted negative attitudes toward fibromyalgia are influenced in part by the fact that there is no standard test to confirm its diagnosis. As a result, statistics have shown that it is not uncommon for people living with fibromyalgia to struggle with this condition without proper care.
What is Fibromyalgia?
The medical community has characterized fibromyalgia as a “biological–psychological–sociological problem associated with prolonged distress, myofascial pain, anxiety, and depression.” Fibromyalgia is also associated with “central sensitization, neuroendocrine, and autonomic nervous system dysfunction.”
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According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), in addition to pain, the most common fibromyalgia symptoms are fatigue, lack of quality sleep, memory impairment, concentration issues and depression.
Additionally, a number of people living with fibromyalgia may also experience other adverse health conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, and restless legs syndrome.
Fibromyalgia is treated both pharmacologically and non-pharmacologically with varied levels of success. For example, one promising non-pharmacological alternative treatment modality is IV Light Therapy.
What is IV Light Therapy?
IV Light Therapy generates light energy via a direct-to-blood therapy device that uses multiple wavelengths of therapeutic red, green and ultraviolet light to deactivate pathogens, stimulate your immune system, improve blood flow and oxygen saturation and mitochondrial function.
Three key wavelengths are utilized to isolate photoabsorbing entities referred to as photoreceptors found within a specific group of cells. When stimulated with light, photoreceptor function changes, which in turn, modulates the biochemical reactions linked to the photoreceptor.
How can IV Light Therapy help Individuals Living with Fibromyalgia?
As a treatment modality, IV Light Therapy can be used to treat many conditions including but not limited to chronic viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections, neurological disorders, inflammatory conditions, and many more chronic, unrelenting conditions. Additionally, IV Light Therapy can also be used as an effective means of treating pain associated with fibromyalgia.
As an alternative to traditional analgesics, IV Light Therapy can be used as an effective non-pharmacologic treatment for fibromyalgia pain. The treatment takes about 60 minutes and is administered via an intravenous IV catheter. When used as a treatment for pain, IV Light Therapy is safe and differs from popular analgesic therapies in three ways:
• Selected wavelengths affect both ascending and descending pain transduction pathways
• It is non-habit-forming
• It does not suppress the immune system
Based on current clinical studies conducted IV Light Therapy may be a viable and effective treatment for the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Sometimes, an improvement in quality of life can be a powerful milestone for a chronic patient. With that said, the goal is to find therapeutic solutions to not only treat specific diseases, but to help restore something most cherished by chronically-ill patients: quality of life. Call LifeBoost today or fill out the form above to learn more about IV Light Therapy for fibromyalgia.