Neuropathy: Quenching the Fire

Quad Cities Ketamine Infusion

The different causes of neuropathy are wide-ranging, and no two patients&rsquo experience with neuropathy are alike. But every neuropathy patient can agree to one thing: it can be excruciatingly painful. Luckily, our ketamine infusion clinic may have the answer to this longstanding pain you&rsquo ve been looking for. If you are a person suffering from chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, or any other variant of nerve pain, ketamine infusion is likely an extremely viable option to start on the path of getting your life back.

What is (Peripheral) Neuropathy?

Your nervous system is divided into two categories, the central and peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system is a little more familiar to most, consisting of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nerves run from the spinal cord to every part of your body, acting like messengers to give the sensations of touch, temperature, balance, and pain.

There are three types of peripheral nerves we are most concerned about: sensory, motor, and autonomic. Sensory nerves give us the feeling of touch, temperature, and pain. Motor nerves transmit information of position and balance to our brain, which sends commands to move back to our muscles. Autonomic nerves are a little less obvious to us, controlling the functions of our body that are automatic, such as digestion and sweating. Damage to any three types of these peripheral nerves is considered neuropathy.

Symptoms may include:

  • Gradual numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands which spreads upwards
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Jabbing or burning pain
  • Pain during activities that should not cause pain such as standing (pain in your feet), or putting on socks
  • Loss of balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Feeling like you are wearing socks or gloves though you aren&rsquo t
  • Paralysis
  • Heat intolerance
  • Excessive sweating, or loss of the ability to sweat
  • Digestive problems
  • Bladder problems
  • Lightheadedness resulting from changes in blood pressure.

Who is Affected?

The three most common populations associated with neuropathy are cancer patients, diabetics, and seniors over the age of 65. Patients with metabolic syndromes such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity are also at a much-increased risk of neuropathy than the general population. It is estimated that 25% to 30% of Americans will be affected by some form of neuropathy in their lifetime, though many cases are mild in severity.

Some forms of neuropathy develop slowly, over months to years. Others may develop much more rapidly and continue to get worse. There are over 100 classifications of neuropathy and each type affects patients differently.

Conventional Treatments vs Ketamine Infusions

Just as there are many different forms of neuropathy, the same is true for various treatments. Unfortunately, most forms of neuropathy are managed unsatisfactorily. Since neuropathy has no formal cure, many conventional treatments are unable to adequately control pain and other morbidities. Fortunately, a new treatment may provide the satisfying relief many neuropathy sufferers are desperately seeking.

Ketamine Infusions. Ketamine is an anesthetic used commonly in operating rooms and ER&rsquo s around the country. When used in therapeutically reduced amounts, ketamine acts as chronic pain reliever from everyday aches to the most stubborn forms of refractory chronic pain, and especially nerve pain.

Ketamine binds and blocks the NMDA receptor&mdash the same receptor involved with sending pain information to the brain. Specifically, neuropathic pain.

Conventional treatments, such as opiates, have side effects too severe for everyday use. While NSAIDS, like aspirin, are too ineffective. Ketamine infusions, on the other hand, are a minimally invasive procedure harboring minimal side effects and incredibly promising results.

In fact, the British Journal of Pharmacology recently released a study from the Leiden University Medical Center claiming,

&ldquo The anesthetic ketamine is used to treat various chronic pain syndromes, especially those that have a neuropathic component. Low dose ketamine produces strong analgesia in neuropathic pain states&hellip showing long-term analgesic effects up to 3 months following infusions.&rdquo

Ketamine infusion is quickly becoming one of the best treatment options for neuropathy patients around the globe!

Schedule Your Infusion Today!

Ketamine infusion is proven to provide long lasting results for neuropathy sufferers of all types. If you are sick and tired of being in pain, or are unable to partipcate in the normal activities of life, we highly recommend making an appointment today. At Quad Cities Ketamine Clinic, we provide a calming spa-like atmosphere where you can safely and effectively receive ketamine infusion therapy to manage your neuropathy. Call us today or visit us online at . With just a small needle prick and a few hours of relaxation, you can be on your way to being having less pain and back to living your normal life.

Author Tara Kinney, CRNA, APRN As a lifelong learner with over 10 years of experience working in the operating room, Ms. Kinney began to develop an appreciation for the many uses of ketamine and its applications in therapy. As an independent practitioner and owner-operator of Advantage Anesthesia, Ms. Kinney oversaw the care of countless surgical patients and developed a love for the state of Iowa and surrounding counties. It was while working and living in Bettendorf, Iowa that Ms. Kinney saw the need of the community for more holistic and comprehensive care of chronic pain and mood disorders. Ms. Kinney then attended the Ketamine Academy and joined the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners before opening Quad Cities Ketamine Clinic in February of 2020. In her free time, she is an avid volleyball player and state record skydiver. She has two children, loves to scuba dive and golf in tropical locations, and cares for numerous small animals rescued from the humane society.


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