Relievus Pain Management offers ketamine therapy to patients suffering from chronic pain conditions and mental illness. Specific conditions treated at the clinic include complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and major depression. By providing ketamine infusion therapy, patients with treatment-resistant conditions can regain control over their lives.
The team at Relievus Pain Management is highly skilled and compassionate towards their patients. They know how difficult living with chronic pain can be and strive to offer the best and most cutting-edge treatments available. By offering ketamine as a therapy, they can help people recover and heal from their health conditions one infusion at a time.
A preliminary consultation and evaluation of your medical history will determine if you’re a worthwhile candidate for ketamine and assess if you have any health conditions that make ketamine unsafe. If you’re approved to proceed with ketamine infusion therapy, Relievus Pain Management typically begins with one or two infusions back to back to see if they are effective for you.
During the infusions, ketamine is administered over a period of 45 minutes to 60 minutes. The amount given will not cause you to lose consciousness. During the infusion, most patients have a mild dissociative experience, with increased sensitivity to light and sound and an altered perception of time and color. Most patients tolerate these experiences without discomfort and many people find them to be pleasant. In the rare case these side effects are considered unpleasant, other rapid-acting medications can be used to relieve or eliminate this discomfort. Once the infusion is complete, the dissociative effects of the drug rapidly dissipate and are often mostly gone within 20-30 minutes. There are no delayed “flashbacks” and patients generally leave Relievus Pain Management’s offices within 30 minutes following the infusion and aside from mild fatigue, feel much like themselves.
Most patients who respond to the infusions see some improvement the day of or after their second infusion. If not, Relievus Pain Management may attempt a longer and/or higher dose infusion. If there is still no response, the clinic generally stops further treatment. If ketamine does improve your mood, outlook, and functionality, Relievus Pain Management suggests that you receive 2-4 additional infusions over the next 4 weeks (1-2 infusions every 2 weeks) to maximize ketamine’s brain-repairing abilities. That is a total of 6 infusions for one full series.
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