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As of yet, there is no cure for either Fibromyalgia or Chornic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E. Most of us are familiar with the usual medications used to treat the symptoms of these two diseases. Many of us are equally as familiar with the adverse effects of these drugs. Just this past month I have read several articles concerning law suits, suicides, and overall horrific experiences pertaining to these side effects.
Personally, the downside of the medications outweighed any positives, and have kept me from trying them. Yet my pain levels have ratcheted up this year, and I’ve finally considered looking into something that may help.
When I was approached by LDN Doctor about a free consultation with their physician to talk about a potential prescription for Low Dose Naltrexone, I was curious. I immediately went into ‘research mode’. What I found intrigued me.
Basically, LDN works to inhibit the opioid sensors in your brain which then causes an increase in endorphin and enkephalin production. These two chemicals will decrease pain and boost the immune system. A more detailed explanation of how LDN works with FMS can be found here.
The side effects, in my opinion, seem to be relatively low. One of them being the potential for weight loss as opposed to the weight gain so many of the other FMS medications cause. There are other side effects as well, and you will need to discuss these with a licensed physician to see if LDN is right for you.
I gave the free consultation to my friend who is struggling with debilitating chronic pain. She was telling me about her recent appointment with a ‘specialist’ who was supposed to have been finally able to ‘give her the answers’ to the source of her pain. They told her they could find nothing wrong, then when she began to get teary in disappointment and frustration, they told her she was ‘depressed’ and needed to think about antidepressants. Sound familiar?
A week after her discouraging doctor appointment she called LDN Doctor to discuss Low Dose Naltrexone. My friend had a phone consultation with Dr. Hila Handler at LDN Doctor that lasted approximately 30 min. She walked away elated, and for the first time in a long time, she had hope. Dr. Handler took the time to ask her questions, listen to what she had to say, encourage her in the positive steps she had already taken, and gave her all the useful information she needed concerning LDN treatment for chronic pain.
LDN Doctor is a great resource for learning about and obtaining a prescription for Low Dose Naltrexone. Most doctors are just not on board with this treatment, and you may have difficulty finding one who is open to learning about it and giving you a prescription. So instead of hassling with a reluctant doctor, at LDN Doctor for a consultation fee of $210, you receive:
30-minute Video/Phone Session
Prescription for 6-month supply (1 month + 5 refills)
1 Follow-up Email
Personally, after I am finished in a couple of months with a new health regime I started with my wonderful doctor, I will definitely be looking into starting on LDN.