Ketamine for Chronic Pain Treatment
Chronic pain conditions can impact your personal, work and family life. Recent years have revealed the dangers of opioids and other pain control medications for those suffering from chronic pain. Addiction, health problems and even death can occur from overuse of narcotics and opioids for pain management. At CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago, we offer safer and more effective options for pain management, including ketamine for chronic pain treatment.
Ketamine has been used as an adjunct treatment for chronic pain for decades. It has shown significant promise in helping those who suffer from neuropathic pain, as well as those with fibromyalgia and even migraines. Its use has been well documented in patients with CRPS, cancer pain, phantom limb pain as well as sickle cell disease. It has been particularly effective in those who have been on chronic opioids and are looking to wean down and potentially off these harmful medications.
We can help develop a treatment plan with a double board certified anesthesiologist and pain management doctor to get your pain under control without the use of these medications. While the medication remains an off-label use, it has been supported by ASRA, ASA as well as AAPM as a treatment option for patients.
What to Expect During Ketamine Therapy
For chronic pain conditions, most patients undergo a series of 3-4 infusions over about two weeks, each lasting approximately 2.5-3 hours. After the therapy, most patients’ dissociation and out of body experience resolves within about 10-15 minutes. Afterward, patients may feel fatigued and prefer to rest for the rest of the day. Patients often want to reflect about what they have just experienced, and we recommend not working or going to school after your therapy session.
If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition and want to find a safer option to manage your pain, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago. Our pain specialists can discuss the options available and determine if you are a good candidate for ketamine infusions for chronic pain.