Ketamine is used to treat a variety of chronic pain syndromes, especially those with a neuropathic component. Neuropathic pain is a shooting, burning pain that is usually caused by nerve damage or a malfunctioning nervous system. Antidepressant and anticonvulsive drugs are usually prescribed for the treatment of neuropathic pain and often do not provide a great deal of relief. Progressive symptoms from neuropathic pain also may lead to disabilities to comorbid mood disorders.
Ketamine has been an effective treatment for pain since the early 1960’s and is widely used in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers for the treatment of pain during surgical procedures. Ketamine has the unique ability to not only block NMDA receptors, but it alters the way brain cells communicate by creating new pathways. This process of synaptogenesis or synaptic plasticity is believed to result in in changes in the patient’s mood, anxiety, and their response to pain.
Ketamine can help with neuropathic pain caused by:
- Amputation – including phantom pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Facial nerve problems
- HIV infection or AIDS
- Multiple myeloma
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nerve or spinal cord compression (herniated discs, arthritis)
- Spine surgery
- Thyroid Problems
A single Ketamine infusion may provide immediate relief from neuropathic pain that generally last a few hours to several days depending on the severity of the condition. Continuous Ketamine infusion is recommended for longer onset relief, ask our knowledgeable staff how we can assist in your journey to a better quality of life without pain.