Fibromyalgia Patients Treated with Intravenous Ketamine

Fibromyalgia Patients Treated with Intravenous Ketamine
In a CBS News segment focusing on fibromyalgia and its impact on patients, Dr. Ashraf Hanna, a board certified physician and director of pain management at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, Florida, described using intravenous ketamine to successfully treat the disease. One of Dr. Hanna's patients, Kathryn Barber, was also on the program. Ms. Barber, a former president of a large international corporation, had to step away from that success after developing fibromyalgia. As with many patients, she had waited years to receive a diagnosis, had tried numerous treatments without success, and was bedridden by the time she started treatment at the Florida Spine Institute.

Ms. Barber told the show: "I was suffering from widespread chronic pain and fatigue for 25 years, and after a very long time, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2007. During this time, I was bedridden and did not have a functional life. My pain was managed with medication, but this did not help my condition.

"Finally, in 2014, I began intravenous ketamine treatment at the Florida Spine Institute with Dr. Hanna in Clearwater, Florida," she said. "This treatment has virtually eliminated my fibromyalgia pain and need for pain medication. It has given me back a quality of life and increased energy to do things I hadn't done in years."

Dr. Hanna said that the Institute was "really proud" to offer intravenous ketamine treatment to fibromyalgia patients who have failed to find relief through other treatment strategies.

"These patients are really suffering, and many have l

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