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Ketamine IV Therapy

HappyHikerHHappyHiker Posts: 17
edited 04/29/2020 - 6:08 PM in Chronic Pain Forum

I thought I’d share my experience as I begin Ketamine IV Therapy treatments this Sunday.  It’s done by an anesthesiologist and he originally started to explore his practice for the treatment of pain, recently added mood disorder.  He is crafting a hybrid treatment for me to address both in six initial therapy sessions.

Like many, I’ve been struggling with spine problems for 9 years and severe chronic depression that set in with it.  I’ve had a 3 level lumbar fusion, a 2 level cervical fusion and an artificial disc recently above the cervical fusion (C4-C7, L4-S1).  My last procedure was the lumbar fusion and I’ve maybe gained a 5% improvement.  Life sucks.  I’ve been hospitalized for suicidal ideation and had a plan to hang myself a week ago.  I’ve now taken 17 different antidepressants, one after another they’ve failed or been intolerable with side effects.

My psych referred me for TMS (magnetic therapy for brain), ECT (causes therapeutic seizures).  But I also began studying Ketamine and there have been lots of success stories out there.  It’s the least invasive and it theoretically can help with both my pain and the depression.  The Ketamine floods the brain with BDNF proteins that rebuild growth of neurons and synapses in the brain.  He will also kill off opioid receptors in the brain and I will go cold turkey off the Oxycodone.  Yikes!

Not covered by insurance where I am (sigh), but this is the first Hope I’ve had in about two years.

Wish me luck!  Curious if anyone else has tried the therapy?

Michael



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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,713

    Michael

    Wishing you all the luck possible!! If this can help with both the pain and the depression then it will be worth it. Hope is all we all have, don't ever give that up.

    This forum may not be your answer to your depression but it may help just getting on here and talking. We've all done it. Whined and cried, complained about spouses and partners, but always supported each other. And we will support you.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us, looking forward to hearing about about your treatment.

    Sandra

  • Jerome001Jerome001 Cocoa Beach, FloridaPosts: 337

    Michael, what happened with your ketamine treatment?

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  • Sorry for abandoning this post.  The Ketamine therapy was nothing short of a miracle for my depression.  Within 24 hours, I was no longer suicidal.  After about the third treatment, I had gone from completely depressed to almost manic with energy.  My body eventually adapted to treatment and I was feeling really good and positive for a few months.  


    The pain treatment side of Ketamine was also highly effective.  My lower back pain and neuropathy are in a manageable place.  Insurance is now going to cover the OF pain treatmens, which is exciting!


    I was doing something I shouldn't have and managed to fall.  compressed and twisted my neck really bad.  Completely derailed my pt and recovery process.  Therapists and Neuro are concerned I've now compressed another level or two above my fusion and artificial disc at C2-C4.


    It took about 5 weeks for me to detox off the Oxy and I'm still opiod free to this day, though the new nerve pain has created some unbearable days of pain and migraine like headaches.  I'm going for yet another MRI w contrast on Monday to see what I've done.  I'm in no hurry to do anymore surgery on my spine, so we will have to see what my options are.


    You do need to continue with follow up IV treatments to sustain the benefits.  I've been going very month and finally got some pain relief from my new neck injury last Sunday.


    Though I'm still a work in progress, I highly recommend the treatment.  They inject lidocaine with the Ketamine and it is so awesome to be numb and pain free during the treatments.  This is a dissociative drug, of course, and they have other meds to light back with it to reduce the hallucinogenic side effects.  Personally, I've had some prior experience with hallucinogens and found the experience very cathartic.  Self identified some of the root causes for my chronic depression beyond the pain.  


    Michael

      

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,713

    Welcome back Michael!! I'm so glad you came and posted. But I'm so sorry you fell and injured yourself. It's good to hear the treatments helped with your depression and to become opiod free. Hang in there and keep us posted on how you are progressing.
    Sandra

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