Are you suffering from continual back, neck, shoulder, or other types of pain? If you’ve been searching for a way to live a pain-free life, there is an alternative solution that the pain management specialists at MidSouth Pain Treatment Center now offer: ketamine infusion therapy.
Ketamine is a treatment option to consider if you haven’t found relief from other pain management solutions. If you’ve been dealing with chronic pain, which doesn’t seem to improve even with non-traditional forms of treatment such as anti-depressant prescription medications such as Prozac, then you might want to look into this type of therapy.
Ketamine is a synthetic drug that has been approved for use in the U.S. by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). It is commonly used by the medical profession as an anesthetic to provide sedation during surgical procedures. It is also used as an analgesic to treat therapy-resistant chronic pain syndrome and help reduce the discomfort associated with disorders such as Lyme disease, neuropathy and complex regional pain syndrome.
According to an article published by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine,
“Ketamine has captured headlines recently for its potential role in treating severe depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Now, a team of pain medicine physicians are calling attention to the use of ketamine to combat chronic and acute postoperative pain.”[i]
Is Ketamine the New Prozac for Pain Management?
Prozac has become the traditional treatment for depression and is one of the reasons that it is attractive to those who suffer from both chronic pain and have some mental health concerns. However, Prozac can take several weeks to become effective, and even then, does not work for everyone.
Ketamine, on the other hand, when administered by a healthcare professional in a low dose of 0.5 mg/kg or even as low as 0.1 mg/kg of body weight, can work very quickly, even within hours, and has a variety of legitimate and extremely safe and effective uses.
If you have tried, without success, to use two or more medications without seeing a significant change in your symptoms, then you may have a condition that is resistant to treatment. Ketamine, especially in the form of an intravenous infusion, has been shown to produce remarkable results if you are dealing with treatment-resistant chronic pain and/or treatment-resistant depression.
As mentioned previously, ketamine has been used for decades as an anesthesia drug but in recent years the medical profession has investigated its use in treating both chronic pain conditions and treatment-resistant depression. In fact, mild to moderate depression is a common occurrence for anyone dealing with pain disorders and doctors often prescribe Prozac to their chronic pain patients. Unfortunately, Prozac, and similar medications, don’t work for everyone, as they take weeks to work or they stop working after a few months, which means you are left searching for the next best solution.
If you decide to try this type of pain therapy, you’ll be interested to know that ketamine is administered via IV in a fairly low dosage and it only takes about 40 minutes to administer. Also, you are continually monitored by healthcare professionals during the entire procedure so there's no need to worry about possible unwanted side effects.
Ketamine infusion therapy clients often report feeling better in just a few minutes after their initial infusion. Before your first treatment session, your healthcare provider will determine the exact course of ketamine infusion therapies, and how many sessions to schedule, to help you get maximum relief from your pain symptoms and any possible underlying mental health issues.
Changing and Improving Lives for the Better
If you’ve tried everything to try to get relief from your pain, yet nothing seems to work, then an intravenous ketamine infusion might be the perfect solution. While ketamine is certainly not a miracle cure, it is giving new hope to individuals dealing with chronic, unrelenting pain, who aren’t getting help from other forms of treatment or those suffereing from depression and related conditions. If you’ve tried Fluoxetine (Prozac) as prescribed by your healthcare provider but haven’t gotten any relief from your symptoms, it might be time to investigate alternative methods.
“Generally, two types of patients with chronic pain may benefit from this medication: patients with chronic pain that have not had much success with other pain medications or treatments, and/or patients with chronic pain who plan to undergo surgery,” says Dr. Sunali Wadehra.[ii]
A single ketamine infusion treatment, or a series of treatments, can get you back on track and feeling like yourself again so you can go back to doing your favorite activities like going out on your fishing boat or riding your bike.
Finding a Chronic Pain Management Clinic
If you’ve tried other methods of treatment, such as Prozac, but haven’t found relief, ketamine may prove to be a more effective option for you. You shouldn’t have to live with your pain – ketamine therapy can offer relief from a variety of conditions including headaches, neck & shoulder pain, back pain, hip & leg pain, hand & foot pain and more.
Ketamine infusion therapy is helping people treat both depression and chronic pain. Your doctor will work with you to determine the specific amount of ketamine to administer including factors such as any prescription medications you are taking along with factors such as your metabolic rate, body composition, ancestral heritage and any underlying genetic factors.
You don’t have to go far to find a ketamine infusion clinic in your area. MidSouth Pain Treatment Center offers its clients IV ketamine infusions to help them manage their pain. Their specialists work with people just like you to help you find a treatment option that works for your unique symptoms. Find a location near you in Memphis, Jackson (TN), Southaven, Tupelo, and Oxford.
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