MSG and Fibromyalgia

 

The latest drug to treat fibromyalgia is an anti-epileptic drug which reduces the release of glutamate.  See the following link:

http://www.emea.eu.int/humandocs/PDFs/EPAR/lyrica/084504en6.pdf

Fibromyalgia patients may be helped by avoiding food additives containing excitatory neurotransmitters like MSG and aspartame:

http://www.immunesupport.com/library/showarticle.cfm/id/3061

See also our page on Multiple Sclerosis with links to more articles. 
See also our page on Epilepsy.

As of this writing (August 7, 2006), a study of 18 patients with depression was conducted using ketamine - a glutamate blocker that targets the NMDA receptors.  This treatment helped over 70% of those patients within one day of treatment  - giving hope to many patients and physicians that depression sufferers need no longer wait several weeks for conventional anti-depressants that work on dopamine and seratonin. 

http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/63/8/856

Ketamine is usually used as a form of anesthesia for both humans and animals.  If this glutamate blocker stops pain so well - is it a leap to imagine that MSG, (which raises blood levels of free glutamate and stimulates the NMDA receptors that Ketamine blocks) may actually cause the pain on fibromyalgia? 

 

 

 

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