Studies show a series of ketamine infusions can help with depression, PTSD, fibromyalgia, CRPS, neuropathies, chronic migraines, pain from spinal cord injury, and phantom limb pain. The interventional pain management team at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, offers in-office ketamine infusions and nasal spray, Spravato, treatments to help patients who may be suffering from these symptoms. Call or book an appointment online today to find out how ketamine infusions could help you.
Studies show a series of ketamine infusions can help with depression, PTSD, fibromyalgia, CRPS, neuropathies, chronic migraines, pain from spinal cord injury, and phantom limb pain.
The success rate is up to 70%. Ketamine has been shown to help even when other medications and treatments have failed. Ketamine is an NMDA receptor blocker. It works differently from narcotics and antidepressants. For depression and PTSD, ketamine works by allowing new connections to form in your brain. Ketamine effects are not limited to only while the ketamine is in your system, as it continues to work even after.
For painful conditions, ketamine, can reset the central nervous system, which include the spinal cord and brain. After exposure to pain, especially chronic pain, your nerves, your spinal cord, and even your brain “change” to be more susceptible to pain. Ketamine helps reverse this process.
Ketamine must be given at least twice a week in the 1st month. This is called the loading dose. After a month, the team at Southwest Pain may be able to reduce the infusions to once a week.
For depression, you must still continue to take your current antidepressants.
If your insurance has coverage for this medication, the providers may be able to offer in-office ketamine nasal spray, Spravato which has been approved for this use.
Ketamine may not be right for you. If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, seizures or epilepsy, or angina/heart disease, please let the team at Southwest Pain Management know.