How Does Ketamine Help Treat Chronic Pain?
Is Ketamine Right for You?
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a broad term describing excessive and prolonged pain due to inflammation that follows an injury or surgery.
Generalized Chronic Pain can be secondary to structural issues such as pinched nerves or inflammation due to excessive physical stress.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy can better treat chronic pain that would otherwise require large doses of narcotics or other painkillers. While these medications can help to relieve symptoms in the short term, they are not without their side effects. Unlike opioids, which make a patient more sensitive to pain over time, Ketamine Infusion Therapy helps reduce the pain and rolls back the hypersensitivity caused by opioid therapy.
The Scenic City Neurotherapy’s pain-focused ketamine infusion protocols are individually tailored to fit each patient with the goal of minimizing inflammation and optimizing the way the brain perceives pain stimulus. This in turn allows the patient’s nervous system and perception of their physical environment to reset, making many chronic pain conditions more manageable and often in some cases providing complete relief without the need for a daily medication. The goal of Scenic City Neurotherapy is always to provide meaningful improvement in each patient’s quality of life.
How do opioid based therapies and related medications contribute to chronic pain?
Picture each opioid dose as blocking a pain receptor. Your body naturally releases an internal opioid to control everyday pain. This stops normal activities from causing pain. But when a severe injury occurs, internal opioids are not always enough, leading to external opioid prescriptions.
External opioids will relieve the injury pain by flooding pain receptors, but they will also trigger the creation of new pain receptors with each dose. Now you have even more pain receptors sending pain signals. Simultaneously, your body’s production of internal (natural) opioids diminishes, leading to an inability to experience happiness, well-being, or relief. Hence, the increased need for external opioids. The new pain receptors make everyday pains unmanageable, including any extra pain from excessive inflammation or later injuries.
What is Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia?
For the last few decades, it has been common knowledge that Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia (OIH) is the primary culprit for the ever-growing number of patients requiring chronic opioid therapy. The attempt to limit opioid medication prescribing did not begin with the opioid addiction crisis. It began when we discovered that chronic opioid therapy will always cause the perception of pain to increase over time.
Opioids will lead to physical dependance even if you have taken your medications as prescribed. As a result, you will experience the same withdrawal as someone who abuses an opioid medication. This is not your fault, yet you are the only one who can change your situation.
How do I know if I should give this a try?
- You can imagine our process as a wrecking ball used to restore the best version of you. Our process should be utilized when it is time to destroy the old and rebuild anew.
- In other cases, we know that sometimes chronic pain is just present. We understand that a break from this pain can be invaluable to a patient who is always suffering. In the case of palliative care, Ketamine Infusion Therapy can help keep pain manageable and your head clear and sharp.
- If there is actively stimulated pain from a recent injury, we can help with inflammation and pain short term, but what is broken will need to be corrected. Imaging might be necessary to rule out any structural damage that could be the reason for your pain. We help with the recovery and long term quality of life. Any underlying stimulation of pain must be addressed to be successful.