Should I Consider Ketamine as a Solution for My Chronic Pain?

Feb 05, 2024
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Do you feel like you’ve tried everything for your chronic pain? Sometimes standard therapies just don’t work well. You may want to investigate ketamine therapy to help you feel better.

If chronic pain is your constant companion, you’re seeking relief. You may have already tried standard therapies, and they haven’t worked for you. If that’s the case, you may be on the edge: irritable, anxious, and/or depressed. That’s not surprising. All of those feelings are normal when you’ve been in pain for an extended period of time without relief. 

You may have a condition such as fibromyalgia or another autoimmune condition, complex regional pain syndrome, pain from neuropathy, or another source. You’re likely on opioids. However, they become addictive, and after a prolonged period, don’t work as well as they did when you first started taking them. Is there another solution? 

At League Health Urgent & Primary Care in Katy, Texas, board-certified physician Dr. Susan Tanyi works with you to find a solution to your pain. Dr. Tanyi has invested in continuing education to be able to offer some nontraditional and alternative pain-management options. One such alternative is ketamine therapy

What is ketamine? 

Ketamine is a type of anesthetic. When used as therapy for chronic pain, the amount administered is a fraction of that used for anesthesia. 

You should only take ketamine when administered by a trained medical professional in an office setting. Otherwise, it’s an illegal drug due to its risks. When combined with alcohol or some other depressants, it can result in death. However, when administered by a board-certified, licensed physician for pain management, ketamine can yield positive outcomes for patients with chronic pain and disorders such as PTSD and depression. 

Are you eligible for ketamine therapy?

You’ll complete a thorough medical history form, which Dr. Tanyi reviews before seeing you. Dr. Tanyi asks you specific questions about your overall health and investigates whether you’ve explored other treatment options. 

There are some contraindications for ketamine therapy when used for chronic pain. You shouldn’t receive it if you’re pregnant, have heart disease or high blood pressure, increased intracranial pressure, previous psychosis, substance abuse, or if you had a negative reaction to ketamine in the past.  

What happens at an appointment for ketamine therapy?  

Once Dr. Tanyi declares you eligible for ketamine therapy, you’ll follow her instructions beforehand about use of prescription drugs and supplements prior to your appointment. You’ll lie comfortably in a reclining chair as Dr. Tanyi administers ketamine through an IV in your arm. The treatment takes about 40 minutes. You’ll rest for a period of time in the office once the IV is done, and we’ll observe you to ensure your safety. 

How am I going to feel during ketamine therapy? 

Ketamine produces dissociative effects; it creates a feeling of being detached from your environment and your pain. You should enter a calm, relaxed state. You may feel so relaxed that you seem immobile. 

Ketamine can produce amnesia, in which case you might not remember what happened when you were under its influence. This why you should always ensure you’re in a safe environment during ketamine therapy. 

At the end of your appointment, you must have a friend or family member drive you home. You should remain at home and rest the remainder of the day. You cannot drive for the day, and you shouldn’t engage in any tasks such as cooking or cleaning in which you could fall or otherwise hurt yourself. 

Call League Health Urgent & Primary Care or book an appointment online today if you suffer from chronic pain. We offer alternative pain-management therapies that may work well for you.