Did you know, chronic long lasting pain and depression are two health conditions that are commonly linked? People experiencing long lasting chronic pain are 3x more likely to be depressed, and people battling depression are also 3x more likely to develop chronic pain. It’s understandable, waking up with debilitating pain everyday that you’d eventually become less positive and cheery.
You’ve probably tried different treatments for your chronic pain and depression with little success, however, ketamine infusion therapy may be the perfect choice for you.
Ketamine gained popularity in the 1960s for it’s anesthetic effects. However, for the past decade ketamine has been used to treat chronic pain and depression. The treatment for chronic pain and depression requires less of a dose than you would use for anesthesia and can help ease aches, pain, and help combat common feelings associated with depression.
Ketamine works by binding to N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in your brain, which In turn helps make more glutamate — a neurotransmitter found in your brain. Glutamate receptors are involved in neuronal migration and synaptogenesis. Synaptogenesis refers to the formation of synapses, the points of contact where information is transmitted between neurons. Additionally, it’s thought to have an effect on your temper and thought patterns.
Depression treatments, such as antidepressants, can take a month or longer for feelings of hopelessness and despair to subside. Additionally, you may have to try different prescriptions before finding that’s best for you.
With ketamine infusion therapy, you can feel an improvement in your mood and outlook on life as soon as a few hours after your appointment. Studies show if you experience an improvement from ketamine after the first 1-3 infusions you’re much more likely to see positive effects with additional ketamine infusions over the course of several weeks.