If you suffer from chronic discomfort, nerve pain, or inflammatory soft tissue, you could be a viable candidate for Connecticut low-dose naltrexone (LDN) for pain. LDN is an opiate antagonist, which is normally used to treat an addiction to opiates such as morphine or heroin. However, patients with conditions such as Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, complex regional pain syndrome, and other pain-related disorders have reported a noticeable reduction in the severity of their symptoms upon taking LDN.
Patients who suffer from inflammatory, nerve, or chronic pain commonly report the back, abdomen, head, and chest as affected regions. Symptoms can vary depending on the site of the pain, but common signs of a treatable disorder include:
Patients with chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia have reported a reduction in symptoms after taking LDN.
A Connecticut patient prescribed LDN for pain may notice a difference a few weeks after starting the medication, or it could take months for them to detect a difference. Many patients have reported a difference within nine to 12 months, with continued benefits after the initial response. An individual prescribed LDN may also notice symptom reduction and increased function and pain tolerance.
LDN may increase the body’s production of endorphins, which could cause an uplifted mood in addition to a reduction in depression and stress. This could be especially true for patients with conditions such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome where stress can exacerbate the intensity of symptoms.
LDN was first tested for safety in humans in the 50 to 100mg dosage levels, but high doses in the 300mg range could negatively impact the liver. Individuals with preexisting kidney and liver conditions prescribed LDN for pain should have their metabolic functions closely monitored by a Connecticut physician.
A patient taking low-dose naltrexone (LDN) for pain could take other supplements and medications, provided they do not contain synthetic narcotics or opiates such as tramadol, morphine, and fentanyl. LDN inhibits opioid receptors, so pain medications would be blocked from efficacy and could cause withdrawal symptoms.
LDN should also be stopped if the patient’s doctor intends to prescribe opiate-based medications after an operation. Following a procedure which requires pain medications or occurs under anesthesia, the patient should allow sufficient time for the opiates to clear before starting LDN once more.
LDN is prescribed in low dosages, and it is uncommon for patients to experience side effects which do not diminish upon adjustment to the medication and heightened endorphin levels. In other words, side effects are less likely if the patient starts on a small dose and gradually increases it with time.
Some of the most common side effects associated with LDN are insomnia, sleep disturbance, and vivid dreams. If sleep disturbances occur, LDN could be taken in the morning.
If you are suffering from chronic, inflammatory, or nerve pain, Connecticut low dose naltrexone (LDN) for pain could help you experience a reduction in symptoms and regain your quality of life. Call our Connecticut office today to schedule an appointment and find out if LDN could be right for you.