Stem Cell Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

Stem cell therapy for fibromyalgia represents an advance in regenerative medicine that is giving patients new hope. Stem cells help to repair damaged cells, and we harness those essential cellular capabilities to help you live a healthier lifestyle. 

By injecting the areas most impacted by your fibromyalgia symptoms – those that cause persistent pain, inflammation, and irritation – your body can stimulate speedy healing and boost the regeneration of healthy cells to replace the destroyed ones. Because stem cells can differentiate into almost any cell type in the body, the possibilities are nearly unlimited.

The Condition

What is Fibromyalgia?

Stem cell therapy for fibromyalgia is a recent development – and fibromyalgia is a fairly new disease. The condition was initially defined in 1990 and was last revised in 2011. In the past (and even now) some doctors even questioned if fibromyalgia was a real ailment. This was primarily owing to a misunderstanding of the illness. Fortunately, several medical organizations now accept fibromyalgia as a legitimate condition.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes extensive pain across the body as well as sensitivity to any form of pressure.

A physical trauma, surgery, infection, or psychological experience frequently triggers the syndrome. The medical community is not sure why. Some experts believe the brain fails to handle pain signals appropriately, resulting in broad pain across the body

How it Affects you

Fibromyalgia prevalent symptoms:

Patients seeking stem cell therapy for fibromyalgia experience widespread pain in numerous parts of the body – symptoms vary from patient to patient. The most prevalent symptoms include:

  • Bladder problems
  • Heightened sense of anxiety
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Pain throughout the body
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating and brain fog
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep apnea and disruptions
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Foggy cognitive functions including the inability to concentrate
  • Weight gain
  • Cold, or flu-like symptoms
  • Chest tightness and trouble breathing
man suffering from fibromyalgia
The Effectiveness of Stem Cells

Stem Cell Therapy For Fibromyalgia

For many years, the focus of stem cell research has been on autoimmune diseases. Many of these studies have shown that stem cells have the potential to cure different ailments because they possess immunoregulatory qualities, which means they can suppress the immune system. 

Reducing the immune system’s response may also reduce overall inflammation. If stem cells can reduce neuroinflammation in the brain, it becomes easier for it to interpret messages correctly and for the neurological system to communicate effectively, allowing the patient to tolerate normal pressures and reduce their pain level.

Stem cells have amazing restorative abilities. When injected, they release a variety of key growth factors that stimulate the body’s replacement of damaged cells. When a patient undergoes stem cell therapy, they are able to repair and replace some of the body’s damaged neurons.

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Stemwell Fibromyalgia Procedure

Stemwell uses cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells ethically sourced from full-term human umbilical cords (We do not utilize cells from embryos). We then administer more than 300 million cells that are all thoroughly tested for viability before treatment. These cells are NOT a blood product; therefore, it is extremely safe and does not require HLA or phenotypic matching.

Eligibility

Find out if you qualify for our mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) infusion by completing our secure, HIPAA-compliant qualification form

First Step

The patient undergoes an initial evaluation and blood work by Stemwell’s doctor.

Second Step

Endovenous detox therapy applied to patient 

 

Third Step

Stem Cell IV Infusion Therapy + localized Autologous stem cell injections in trigger pain points under sedation

Fourth Step

  • Hyperbaric Chamber therapy – Hyperbaric oxygen reduces inflammation, oxygenates injured muscle, and regenerates skeletal muscle via macrophage and satellite cell activation.
 
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain

Fifth Step

The fifth step is focused on providing specialized treatments for fibromyalgia, utilizing therapies such as shockwave therapy, ultrasound, magnetotherapy, and laser therapy.

In specific instances, we may also incorporate photobiomodulation to address fibromyalgia symptoms and explore its potential benefits 

*Each Protocol is customized to the patient depending their medical and surgical history 

This protocol information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, is for general information purposes only.

Fibromylgia Therapy

The root cause of fibromyalgia

Stem cell therapy for fibromyalgia is just one of many treatments that may be recommended by doctors. One reason for this is that the medical community does not completely comprehend fibromyalgia. Another course is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). According to research, this sort of therapy has a minor but favorable effect on patients. Patients who received CBT had fewer doctor visits but no meaningful improvement on their quality of life. However, when this therapy was paired with additional lifestyle adjustments, symptoms improved.

 

None of these treatments addresses the root cause of fibromyalgia. Patients who have persistent fibromyalgia symptoms and have tried alternative therapy have experienced little to no relief. As a result, stem cell therapy may be a promising treatment option for patients with the condition.

Medication or Therapy

Fibromyalgia Medication or Stemwell?

Some patients have fibromyalgia symptoms for only a short period of time. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol, may be effective for these people until their symptoms decrease. Antidepressants may improve sleep and regulate neurotransmitters that are out of equilibrium in the nervous system. Antidepressants can aid patients with pain, sadness, exhaustion, and sleep problems in general. But treating fibromyalgia with medication takes care only of the current “in-the-moment” symptoms and does little to nothing for the condition.

Stem cell treatment for fibromyalgia gives patients new hope because it represents an advance in regenerative medicine. Stem cells help to repair damaged cells and we harness those essential cellular capabilities to help you live a healthier lifestyle. By injecting the areas most impacted by your fibromyalgia symptoms – those that cause persistent pain, inflammation, and irritation – your body can stimulate speedy healing and boost the regeneration of healthy cells to replace the destroyed ones. Because stem cells can differentiate into almost any cell type in the body, the possibilities are nearly unlimited.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions around using stem cell therapy for fibromyalgia

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Stem cell administration typically involves one (or both) of the following methods:

  • Intravenous injection (IV): stem cells are injected into the bloodstream, allowing them to circulate throughout the body and target areas of inflammation and pain associated with fibromyalgia.
  • Local injection: a direct injection into specific areas of the body where there is localized pain, affected nerve pathways, or inflammation due to fibromyalgia. This is not always necessary, depending on individual symptoms.

Many individual factors can influence the overall cost of stem cell therapy for fibromyalgia. At Stemwell, we take a personalized approach to all treatments to ensure the most effective results possible. During an initial consultation with our expert team, we will identify a bespoke treatment plan and identify the costs of your treatment.

Stem cells may act at multiple levels when used to treat fibromyalgia1 2 3:

  • Immunomodulation: by regulating the immune system, stem cells may help reduce the chronic inflammation and heightened pain sensitivity involved in fibromyalgia.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) secrete growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines (signaling proteins), helping to reduce inflammation and alleviate associated pain.4
  • Regeneration: while fibromyalgia does not typically involve the tissue damage seen in conditions like osteoarthritis, the regenerative properties of stem cells could potentially aid in repairing and improving the function of specific tissues affected by the condition.
  • Neurological impact: some research suggests that stem cells could improve neurological pathways, potentially altering pain perception and improving symptoms related to fibromyalgia.

 

1 Meichen Liu, Kai Li, Yunyun Wang, Guoqing Zhao, Jinlan Jiang. (2020). Stem Cells in the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain: Research Progress of Mechanism. Stem Cells International, vol. 2020, Article ID 8861251.
2 Joshi HP, Jo HJ, Kim YH, An SB, Park CK, Han I. (2021). Stem Cell Therapy for Modulating Neuroinflammation in Neuropathic Pain. Int J Mol Sci. 22(9):4853. doi: 10.3390/ijms22094853.
3 Fortino, V. R.; Pelaez, D.; Cheung, H. S. (2013). Concise Review: Stem Cell Therapies for Neuropathic Pain. Stem Cells Translational Medicine, 2(5), 394–399. doi:10.5966/sctm.2012-0122
4 Vadivelu, Sudhakar; Willsey, Matthew; Curry, Daniel J.; McDonald, John W. (2013). Potential role of stem cells for neuropathic pain disorders. Neurosurgical Focus, 35(3), E11–. doi:10.3171/2013.6.FOCUS13235

Through reducing inflammation, boosting regeneration, and altering pain perception, stem cell therapy has the ability to promote healing and improve symptoms of fibromyalgia. At Stemwell, our fibromyalgia patients have experienced:

  • reduction in pain and discomfort
  • increased energy levels 
  • improved sleep 
  • better overall quality of life.

Although stem cell therapy for fibromyalgia is a relatively new treatment approach and requires more research, some studies show that mesenchymal stem cells have the potential to manage inflammation in patients with chronic pain conditions. While more research is needed specifically on fibromyalgia, studies as such act as evidence that stem cells for fibromyalgia may be beneficial.  

Given the current understanding of fibromyalgia as a chronic condition with a complex array of symptoms and triggers, stem cell therapy is not guaranteed to be a permanent fix. While some patients may experience significant and prolonged relief of symptoms, the possibility of pain returning cannot be ruled out. More research is needed to establish the long-term effectiveness of stem cell therapy for fibromyalgia.

At Stemwell, we use ethically sourced mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from the umbilical cord tissues of healthy donors. This type of stem cells are known as having a very little chance of rejection, so the risk of major side effects are very low. However, as with any medical treatment, each individual is unique and the chance of adverse effects cannot be ruled out. The long-term safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy are also still being researched. At Stemwell, our team of experienced doctors will be here to answer any questions about your individual risks to consider when thinking about stem cell therapy.  

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