Neuropathic Pain Treatment in Helena, MT
KETAMINE INFUSION THERAPY
Fast & Efficient Neuropathic Pain Treatment in Helena, MT
“The longer you have pain, the better your spinal cord gets at producing danger messages to the brain, even if there is no danger in the tissue”
Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition that occurs in 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 30. Described as pain that originates from injury to nerves or irregular patterns inside the central and peripheral nervous system, doctors have battled to treat neuropathic pain for years. Analgesics, opioids, and other more conventional treatment methods are frequently prescribed, but oftentimes, these have very little impact (and could have the potential to carry out more damage than good).
There is Hope, We Can Help!
Ketamine infusion therapy is bringing new hope to so many who have not had success with previous neuropathic pain treatments. Ketamine has been analyzed and proven as being efficient in helping with a variety of pain conditions.
What Are The Symptoms of Neuropathic Pain?
Every nerve in your peripheral system has a specific function, so symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected. Nerves are classified into:
- Sensory nerves that receive sensation, such as temperature, pain, vibration, or touch, from the skin
- Motor nerves that control muscle movement
- Autonomic nerves that control functions such as blood pressure, perspiration, heart rate, digestion, and bladder function
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY MIGHT INCLUDE:
- Gradual onset of numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands
- Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, or burning pain
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Lack of coordination and falling
- Muscle weakness
- Paralysis if motor nerves are affected
IF AUTONOMIC NERVES ARE AFFECTED, SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS MIGHT INCLUDE:
- Heat intolerance
- Excessive sweating or not being able to sweat
- Bowel, bladder or digestive problems
- Drops in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness
- Paralysis if motor nerves are affected
How Does Ketamine Help With Neuropathic Pain?
It is believed that the leading cause of chronic pain is due to overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps neuropathic pain by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of chronic pain symptoms. By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons.
Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors. Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity — essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.
The Ketamine Infusion Experience
During treatment, we go above and beyond to make sure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions typically last 45-60 minutes for mood disorders, while chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia require a larger dose and can take up to several hours to complete.
A number of our patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this disassociation effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. You will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team there to monitor you and be readily available during your infusion.
What Are The Side Effects of Ketamine Treatment?
As a new treatment option for neuropathic pain, ketamine does have a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, disrupted vision, lightheadedness, nausea, or some slight anxious feelings after treatment.
Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication utilized in “off-label” use for infusion therapy. Off-label use indicates that it is a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops with time.
Can Ketamine Help Heal You?
Have you tried and exhausted other neuropathic pain treatments only to be left in constant pain? Are you ready to start living life on your terms again?
If you or someone you may know is dealing with neuropathy, contact Luvita today at (406) 206-6975 to learn more about ketamine infusions for fast-acting neuropathic pain treatment in Helena, MT.