Treating Fibromyalgia With IV Hydration Therapy

Treating Fibromyalgia With IV Hydration Therapy

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that impacts your musculoskeletal system — the complex network of muscles, connective tissues, bones and nerves of your body. Chronic pain is this illness’ defining characteristic. While the pain may disappear periodically, many who have fibromyalgia experience flare-ups of intense discomfort and other symptoms that can result from stress, weather patterns and even changes in sleep and eating habits. These episodes can sometimes last for days.

Researchers have yet to determine fibromyalgia’s exact cause. Many people who live with fibromyalgia describe their symptoms beginning after a physically traumatic event such as surgery or a car accident. Some even start experiencing fibromyalgia after extreme stress. Sometimes, people who live with rheumatoid arthritis also develop fibromyalgia. Scientists have uncovered evidence to suggest there may be a hereditary component of fibromyalgia. Women are more vulnerable to this condition than men.

Medical experts best understand fibromyalgia as a condition that somehow relates to how your body’s nervous system recognizes and processes pain. Essentially, current research suggests that people with fibromyalgia have overactive nervous systems that occasionally send their brain pain signals in response to things a person usually wouldn’t find physically uncomfortable. 

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

The primary symptom those living with fibromyalgia experience is an ache that extends throughout most of the body and lasts for prolonged periods. This chronic pain can flare up without any rhyme or reason. Often, people with fibromyalgia have increased levels of fatigue and cognitive difficulties because the constant backdrop of discomfort interferes with sleep, memory and concentration.

People with fibromyalgia also sometimes report digestive troubles such as irritable bowel syndrome or painful bladder syndrome, migraine headaches and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. 

Managing Fibromyalgia

Managing Fibromyalgia

There is currently no known cure for fibromyalgia. However, several treatment methods have proven successful at managing its symptoms. Over-the-counter pain relievers have demonstrated effectiveness in managing the pain of flare-ups. Doctors sometimes prescribe antidepressants to patients whose fibromyalgia interferes with their ability to sleep. Other doctors have prescribed anti-seizure medication to their patients and seen some success in using it to reduce fibromyalgia pain.

In addition to medication, physical therapy and counseling can mitigate fibromyalgia symptoms. A physical therapist can teach you specific exercises to improve your range of motion, strengthen your muscles and make you more flexible, which can help fight flare-ups. Similarly, if stress triggers your fibromyalgia attacks, working with a trained counselor to develop healthy stress-management techniques may reduce the impact of your symptoms. 

Some who suffer from fibromyalgia have looked to alternative medicine practices to help them manage the pain and exhaustion they experience. Researchers have noted that activities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga and tai chi may reduce pain, relax tension in your body, promote a sense of calm and relieve fibromyalgia-related anxiety.

Generally, doctors who treat fibromyalgia patients also encourage them to maintain healthy lifestyles to ensure they’re not experiencing symptoms due to another disease or disorder. These lifestyle suggestions include regular exercise, avoiding tobacco, limiting caffeine consumption and keeping a consistent sleep schedule.

IV Therapy for Fibromyalgia Treatment

In one study, participants with fibromyalgia who received a modified form of Myers’ cocktail IV formula reported less pain, less fatigue and more energy after their first infusion.

Various IV drip packages may prevent adverse effects linked to muscle and joint pain, including neurodegeneration and inflammation. The vitamin B in some supplements may promote stable nerve conduction — a possible means to support nerves that are erratically sending pain signals to your brain. Furthermore, minerals like magnesium and calcium can help your blood vessels carry more oxygen — which, in turn, allows them to relax a little more. 

An IV package with vitamin D may also preventively help with pain associated with fibromyalgia. While researchers have noted that many fibromyalgia symptoms mimic those of a vitamin D deficiency, evidence remains inconclusive. However, some people with fibromyalgia report relief from taking vitamin D. 

Brain fog can be one of the most frustrating and inconvenient fibromyalgia symptoms to experience. An IV drip package that implements vitamin B-12 and taurine can help combat the symptoms of poor concentration and improve restfulness, providing the clarity of mind to focus on tasks as they come your way. Vitamin B-12 deficiency has similar symptoms to those of fibromyalgia, including cognitive function impairment and weakness. 

IV therapy for fatigue can quickly and powerfully alleviate tiredness and concentration issues because the delivery method bypasses your digestive system. In contrast, oral supplements like a vitamin C pill take time to enter your bloodstream because your body has to break them down. When you take advantage of an IV drip, you can metabolize a package with the same vitamin and more to handle aches, exhaustion and mental fog more quickly. 

You may be missing out on essential nutrients due to dietary factors or digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease. Or perhaps you take medication to manage a condition like chronic heartburn that prevents or reduces your body’s natural capacity to take in necessary vitamins or minerals from the food and drinks you ingest. If that’s the case, IV therapy allows your body to absorb and use those vitamins and minerals as they pass through your bloodstream.

Why Choose Mobile IV Medics?

Why Choose Mobile IV Medics?

If you’re experiencing your life overwhelmed with pain, exhausted with fatigue or struggling with brain fog, your body needs time to rest and heal. We want to help you be your best and face each day feeling invigorated and empowered. Avoid the exertion and stress of leaving your home and instead allow our trained team of nurses to come to you to administer the IV hydration package that suits your needs. Contact us to learn more about the services we provide or schedule your appointment now.

About the author

Brad
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D.

Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D. is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. With over 16 years of healthcare experience, Brad is bringing his expertise and passion for patient care to the Mobile IV Medics patient population. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Brad worked in varying areas including both direct patient care and hospital leadership at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, nationwide health system pharmacy consulting for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), and professor of pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona, a pharmacy practice residency from USC, and a lean six sigma green belt from Johns Hopkins.