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Ketamine infusion for chronic pain. Does it help?

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4 years 4 months ago #19283 by Mrsmccaw
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Frozen shoulder and chronic pain. Been going on for 7 months.
Saw people there who have suffered for years with pain. By day 4 walking without a crutch or limp. It was like a miracle.

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4 years 3 months ago - 4 years 3 months ago #19402 by weibrennan
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Hi I just saw my pain management doctor who has suggested having ketamine infusions, in My area which is regional Australia we dont have the option of staying in hospital for the 5 days treatment but can have it done over several sessions as a day patient, Apparently it is a 8 hr procedure, can anyone tell me if they have had this done as a day patient, what to expect, I know I need to do more research on this, am I helpless for the 8 hrs, am I laying down, sitting up? Can I eat. Can I sleep. Is there a link someone can post in reference to this procedure as a day patient. I guess if anything goes wrong they will keep you over night. My pain management doctor will be the one administering so I have full faith in him , but of course forgot to ask all these questions I have. Opiads aren't very effective, epidural and facet joint injections haven't helped. Thanks all I see are posts of inpatient 5 day stays.
I have osteo arthritis, fibro, L4L5 den generative disks which doesnt warrant surgery at the moment, have had all scans, doctors reports, now going back to pain management doc, as ve exhausted all other measures for pain relief, Opiads are helping perhaps 40%, Feeling frustrated but optimistic about this new treatment being offered to me. The other non option is a nuerostimulater at a cost of 40,000. No thanks, yes would love it but dont have that kind of money or private insurance, medicare does not fund this.We are extremely luck to have a apin management doctor, the only one between Sydney and Melbourne, TIA for any information you can share :unsure: of what to expect
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4 years 3 months ago #19408 by wormwoodbush
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Hi Weibrennan, My neighbour and friend, only ever has her infusions by day stay and she only ever has one infusion every few months and it seems to work really well for her. Regardless of the route you have it (subcutaneous or intravenous), there is no reason for you to be stuck in bed unless you want to be. You can freely move about with the machinery. You may feel drowsy and want to sleep though. You may also only be in an armchair, but you can still if you want. These really are questions you should have asked at the clinic, As only they can tell you how big the machine will be and if you'll have a chair or a bed etc.. I can only answer based on what is likely, but I hope it's helped.

Ros the crazy night nurse lol

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4 years 3 months ago #19416 by weibrennan
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thanks for your reply, yes I know I should of asked the questions hats why i pointed it out, sometimes when someone is overwhelmed one forgets to ask the important questions, I did tell him I would look up and do some research perhaps thats why he didnt elaborate in detail what to expect, I rang the rooms last night and left a message with my questions they have posted a summary of what to expect. By doing the research I read you are asleep during the procedure.. So will be interesting to see his notes when they arrive on Monday. thanks for your reply and well wishes. Do you know how long she was in day surgery for, I believe he's doing over two days a week for 2 weeks. cheers

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4 years 3 months ago - 4 years 3 months ago #19458 by wormwoodbush
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Ozziechick, I do apologise for my comment about asking the specialist. I posted my reply and then realised I hadn't fully read your question! My neighbour only has hers over 1 day, about 8 or 12 hours I believe. Just once every few months. When i have mine, I stay in for 4 -5 days and have the infusion subcutaneously (plastic needle placed just under the skin in the fat layer) 24 hours continuously over the time I am in. I've not encountered people having them done whilst asleep, that's new to me. I know I sleep a lot when I have mine done as it makes me drowsy, but that's my choice to sleep, I'm not "put to sleep" but every specialist has their own preferences. Some do it intravenously (into a vein as in a drip), most t do subcutaneously (sub cut) as far as I have encountered.j

I'm actually a pain management nurse, off work on workcover injured after several accidents at work. We always did ketamine infusions sub cut over 3 - 5 days. However we only had one pain specialist consulting on our ward and that was his preference. I know in the Geelong pain clinic alone, each specialist has different ideas. They all seem to work for the individual patients though, as my neighbour has never been better. Before I got her to go to the pain clinic she was a terrible mess and in so much pain, now she can go camping with her family, which is just wonderful to see!

I hope you get your questions answered prior to going in, as it can be a bit scary not knowing what's happening. However please rest assured that no matter how they do it, its virtually pain free and if it works, you'll know pretty soon. I feel the effects within an hour of being hooked up as ALL my pain disappears. It's a wonderful thing to be given access to and I hope it works for you as it does for me. Goodluck hun. Please letter us all know how it goes once you've had it. Also you've just reminded me that I need to make an appointment to see my specialist. So thanks lol

Ros the crazy night nurse lol
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4 years 3 months ago #19585 by gentlegiant1949
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Ketamine Infusion? it works for many, I tried it 3 years ago
for peripheral neuropathy but the side effects were too severe.
What I experienced you may not experience!
I developed hallucinations and couldn't breath.
It is well worth a try though.

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