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Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) with Ketamine

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, often abbreviated to CRPS, is a form of persistent and chronic pain that, according to the Mayo Clinic, often impacts one’s extremities. Typically, CRPS is experienced following a traumatic injury, surgery, or even a stroke, however the pain associated with CRPS is often not proportionate to the cause of the pain. Fortunately, just as with other Chronic Pain conditions, patients have been reporting tremendous relief to these ongoing conditions through the use of Ketamine treatment. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and want to see if you could benefit from Ketamine therapy, contact a Florida Ketamine doctor today!

Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

While symptoms of CRPS can vary from patient to patient, the overwhelming majority experience persistent and chronic pain. Symptoms of CRPS can include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Burning pain
  • Throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Noticeable fluctuations in body temperature
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint swelling
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Limited mobility
  • Burning pain
  • Throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Noticeable fluctuations in body temperature
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint swelling
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Limited mobility

While not common, patients may experience these symptoms spreading throughout the body rather than being contained to the originally impacted body part. Contact a ketamine therapy clinic today if you believe ketamine treatment may provide you or your loved one with relief from their CRPS-associated pain.

What causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

The Mayo Clinic explains that there are actually two types of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Each type has similar symptoms but the cause and source of each type of CRPS is different. The first form of CRPS typically appears in patients following an injury or even illness which did not have an impact on the nerves in the impacted body part. The second type of CRPS has the same symptoms but is typically experienced by patients who have had a nerve injury.

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. If you believe Ketamine therapy may help you or a loved one, contact a Florida Ketamine doctor today!

How can Ketamine help treat Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Over the last couple of years, studies have been published that indicate ketamine therapy can provide tremendous relief for patients who suffer from CRPS. While the injury that can lead to CRPS may be minor such as a sprained wrist, the impact of CRPS is far from minor and in many cases can be debilitating. In an interview with the Cleveland Clinic, Jijun Xu, MD, PhD explained how many patients are finding relief through ketamine treatments. Xu explains that the extreme pain CRPS patients experience are often due to the NMDA receptor being overly active. Ketamine is a strong anesthetic that blocks the NMDA receptors and, in turn, lowers the pain experienced by the patient.

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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If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with CRPS in Florida and are interested in how ketamine may be able to help you, take our qualification survey and schedule an appointment today!

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