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Using Ketamine to Treat Central Neuropathic Pain

What is Central Neuropathic Pain?

Damage to the central nerve system causes central pain syndrome, a chronic neuropathic pain disease. After a stroke, brain damage, or a spinal cord injury, it can happen.

Depending on which part of the nerve system has been affected, central pain syndrome can manifest in a variety of ways. Pain can be limited to a specific location of the body or it can be generalized. The pain of central pain syndrome is frequently described as acute, searing, or as if it were pins and needles. For many, the suffering is never-ending.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with central neuropathic pain and traditional therapies are not providing adequate relief, contact an experienced Ketamine infusion doctor in Florida today!

Symptoms of Central Neuropathic Pain

Patients who endure neurologic consequences from a central nervous system assault, such as a stroke, are more likely to experience chronic pain. Musculoskeletal discomfort or misuse of neurologically unaffected limbs are the most common causes of pain. However, neuropathic pain can be caused by a direct insult to the central nervous system. It might be difficult to distinguish central neuropathic pain from other types of pain or spasticity due to impaired sensory discrimination. Central neuropathic pain can appear months or years after an accident, making it even more difficult to link it to a previous neurologic lesion.

Central Neuropathic Pain symptoms include:

  • Ongoing Burning Sensation
  • Constant Pain
  • Sensitivity loss
  • Sharp aches, pains, and burning sensation

Ketamine and Neuropathic Pain in the Central Nervous System

Central neuropathic pain can be difficult to treat, and pharmacological medicines commonly used to treat neuropathic pain may not be effective. Ketamine treatment, on the other hand, has been successfully utilized to treat several types of neuropathic pain, including trigeminal neuralgia and central neuropathic pain. Ketamine infusions for pain target and inhibit N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, which are essential to the glutamate-binding process that happens within the thalamus, one of the most common pain areas in the brain. This novel nerve pain medication works by suppressing pain-signal transmissions, allowing the brain to repair positive neuronal connections that are typically disrupted by central neuropathic pain and other pain diseases. Subanesthetic doses are provided over a long period of time during ketamine infusion therapy, giving both effective and long-lasting pain relief. Ketamine can be coupled with other drugs to create a well-balanced treatment plan that takes into account each patient’s individual chemistry.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine, an FDA approved drug for general anesthesia, has been shown in off-label trials to provide significant antidepressant benefits to patients utilizing Ketamine IV Therapy. This therapy uses doses lower than those used in anesthesia infused over 50 minutes to provide the potential for lasting improvement of depressive symptoms. 

Ketamine's Potential Side-Effects

The following have been recorded as side effects of ketamine therapy, according to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should see your doctor:

  • Joy or elation
  • Feeling “detached” from your body
  • Hallucinations
  • Sensitivity to pain is reduced
  • Nausea
  • Panic or anxiety
  • Heart rate has increased
  • Blood pressure has risen
  • Confusion

Side-Effects of Ketamine

According to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, the following have been reported as side-effects associated with ketamine therapy. You should contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Feelings of joy
  • Feeling “detached” from your body
  • Hallucinations
  • Decreased sensitivity to pain
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Feelings of joy
  • Feeling “detached” from your body
  • Hallucinations
  • Decreased sensitivity to pain
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Confusion

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