Ketamine therapy in Michigan

IV Ketamine Treatment For Chronic Pain

Ketamine Treatment for chronic pain

Ketamine is an anesthetic that has been used for over 50 years.

 

Ketamine was first approved as an anesthetic by the FDA in 1970 and has been used as a pain reliever for decades.  Research studies show Ketamine to be effective at treating symptoms of pain and depression up to 80% of the time.  Ketamine can bring about pain relief within minutes or hours, versus typical medications which can take weeks to months, if at all.  Low dose Ketamine infusion therapy works by resetting the body’s central nervous system’s sensitization to pain.  Ketamine reboots the brains ability to process pain and can provide long term relief.  Ketamine decreases pain levels by blocking NMDA receptors which prevents nerves from firing pain.  Ketamine can reduce the symptoms of CRPS such as burning, numbness and tingling.

People experience different types of pain

Chronic pain is a global problem affecting over 20% of the worlds population (more than 1.5 billion people).  Over 50 Millions Americans are suffering from chronic pain.  The majority of those (over 75%) are also suffering from depression.  Unfortunately, drugs available only help 58% of chronic pain patients.  Pain differs from person to person and usually can be classified into 1 of 4 different classes:

1.  Acute Pain: This type of pain is generally associated with an injury or a disease.  This short term pain typically lasts up to 12 weeks.  Acute pain is a symptom that usually resolves on it own once the cause has been treated.

2. Chronic Pain:  This pain is long standing and can persist after the injury has healed.  Chronic pain can last for months to years or even longer. In chronic pain, the body’s nervous system incorrectly sends signals to the brain that pain is present, when there is no longer an injury.  This pain can be divided into nociceptive and neuropathic pain.  Nociceptive pain sends signals to the brain after an injury.  Neuropathic pain happens when the nervous system has been damaged.

3.  Nerve Pain: This pain affects how signals are sent to the brain.  If left unprepared, the nerve damage can cause long term neuropathic pain.

4.  Localized nerve pain: This is neuropathic pain that is localized to a specific area in the body.  It’s commonly created by infections or surgery although it can be hard to trace.

Chronic Pain Can Cause Multiple Symptoms

Chronic pain is not always just about physical pain, it can also cause emotional and psychological pain.  Patients will frequently develop additional symptoms  such as:

    • Anxiety
    • Addiction (alcohol & drug)
    • Depression
    • Fatigue
    • Insomnia
    • Irritability
    • Lack of pleasure
    • Relationship conflicts
    • Suicidal thoughts

Types of Neuropathic Pain

A. Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition which affects the body’s muscles and tissues.  Patients experience symptoms of diffuse aching and stiffness.  Pain often ranges from moderate to severe and affects different areas of the body at different times.

B. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

This is a rare, chronic neurological syndrome which is characterized by:

  • Burning pain
  • Excess sweating
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Joint stiffness
  • Swelling of the tissues

It typically affects a limb but then spreads to other areas of the body.  CRPS usually develops after an injury or surgery.  The pain is extremely difficult to control and there is currently no cure available.

Current Treatments Available for Neuropathic Pain

  • Pain Medications
  • Nerve pain medications
  • Epidural injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Physical therapy

There is no cure and symptoms typically worse over time.

Ketamine Treatment for Chronic Pain

Ketamine was first approved as an anesthetic by the FDA in 1970 and has been used as a pain reliever for decades.  Research studies show Ketamine to be effective at treating symptoms of pain and depression up to 80% of the time.  Ketamine can bring about pain relief within minutes or hours, versus typical medications which can take weeks to months, if at all.  Low dose Ketamine infusion therapy works by resetting the body’s central nervous system’s sensitization to pain.  Ketamine reboots the brains ability to process pain and can provide long term relief.  Ketamine decreases pain levels by blocking NMDA receptors which prevents nerves from firing pain.  Ketamine can reduce the symptoms of CRPS such as burning, numbness and tingling.

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