Neuropathic Pain

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What is Neuropathic Pain?

According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, as much as 17% of adults will deal with chronic neuropathic pain.

Patients suffering from neuropathic pain often describe it as a shooting or burning sensation. It can be chronic, but it sometimes goes away in time. Typically, neuropathic pain results from nerve damage that changes the nerve function at the affected site.

Here at Ketamine Wellness Institute, we want to help if you suffer from these symptoms. There are treatments available to help you find relief and regain control over your life. Reach out today to learn more.

Disease

Neuropathic pain is often the result of complications of another condition. Examples may include multiple sclerosis, multiple myeloma, or other types of cancer. Another prominent cause is chronic diabetes, which plays into how your nerves function throughout the body. Long-term alcohol abuse and trigeminal neuralgia may play into the development of neuropathic pain.

Injuries

Another cause of neuropathic pain is injuries to tissue, muscles, or joints. That said, this is less common. In addition, long-term back, leg, or hip problems can lead to lasting nerve damage. This, in turn, can add up to neuropathic pain symptoms over the years. Back problems especially, including herniated discs or spinal cord compression, run the risk of damaging nerve fibers in the spine.

Limb Loss

One of the most well-known neuropathic pain conditions is phantom limb syndrome, which can occur after amputating a limb. This is caused by the brain falsely thinking it is receiving pain signals from the nerves in the amputated limb. In reality, the nerves are misfiring and sending the wrong signals to the brain to cause these symptoms.

The Science Behind IV Ketamine

How It Works

Ketamine has been used worldwide for decades both as a safe anesthetic and rapid pain reliever. Research in the last two decades indicates that ketamine, administered safely via a series of infusions, may relieve the symptoms of depression or other mental health conditions within hours. This is compared to the weeks or months oral antidepressants may take before relief is felt.

Researchers are still looking to determine the exact method of action with IV ketamine infusions. One theory proposes that it stimulates the regrowth of synapses – effectively “rewiring” the brain.

Another promising avenue of research into its effects indicates that it acts on glutamate, an important neurotransmitter that affects how synapses change and learn. This is called neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to change and learn. This could explain ketamine’s strong effect on mood and pain disorders.

Groundbreaking Innovations in Pain Treatment

How IV Ketamine Can Help

Neuropathic pain symptoms can be difficult to cope with and affect your daily life, but treatment is possible.

Ketamine has been used as a trusted anesthetic and pain reliever for decades and is now a powerful treatment for chronic pain conditions.

By interacting with the NMDA receptor in the nervous system and other receptors, ketamine can impact the amounts of pain you experience.

Additionally, ketamine is known to help treat some of the other side effects associated with chronic pain like depression or fatigue.

Take back control of your life with IV ketamine therapy. Contact us at Ketamine Wellness Institute today to learn more.

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