Time for another update on my ‘adventures with LDN’!
It has been three months now since I started taking Low Dose Naltrexone for Fibromyalgia Symptoms. LDN is a cumulative drug, therefore it can take several months to feel its full effect. Because everyone is different though, LDN’s effective time will vary in each individual.
I was fortunate to begin feeling the drug’s effects right away. Although, I was careful not to necessarily attribute feeling better to the LDN alone. There are so many variables involved when it comes to the worsening or improving of Fibromyalgia symptoms, that it is important to tread carefully when feeling better. How many of us have thought we ‘found what works’, or that the FMS had gone away, only to get hit with a massive flare that throws all that new-found hope out of the window.How many of us have thought we 'found what works', only to get hit with a massive 'flare'~ Click To Tweet
Low Dose Naltrexone For Fibromyalgia Symptoms ~ A Honest Review ~ Now, here’s the deal with LDN:
It is NOT a ‘pain reliever’, although it does ‘manage’ pain over time by working to shut down opioid receptors in the brain for brief periods. This creates an ‘uptake’ effect which essentially ‘tricks’ the brain into producing more endorphins and serotonin in order to make up for the ‘down time’.
As a result of how it works, it cannot be expected to work as a pain reliever per se. It helps the body to create and bring its own natural pain relieving chemicals back to homeostasis, which in turn improves pain over time.
Many people give up on LDN due to its unpredictable time frame of effectiveness. It is often assumed ‘it doesn’t work me’. There is also the issue of finding the right dosage for your body. The ‘average’ is 3mg, with dosage usually maxing out at 4.5mg (although many people go lower or higher).