A single infusion of Ketamine???

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First, my specific question, then a bit of background information.  I’m being treated by a well-regarded CRPS specialist, who has scheduled me for one Ketamine IV infusion, which should take about four hours.  It’s this Friday, March 17th.  Does anyone have any ideas about why only one would be scheduled?  I’ve read of the intensive, inpatient treatments with Ketamine.  I’ve also heard of the extended, outpatient treatments.  But I’ve never read of a single infusion session.  Any thoughts / information would be greatly appreciated.

Background: I've had CRPS since August 2016, it's in my right leg (but am starting to notice symptoms in my left leg also).  The whole area around my right knee looks various shades of purple/blue throughout the day, and it’s the knee where the primary ‘pain’ comes from.  The burning is from everywhere else on my leg.  My pain and burning are and worsening through the day.  I can still drive and work as a teacher, although both are painful, and really are all the exertion I can generally take during the work week.  I use crutches outside the home, but not inside, as I’m determined to maintain range of motion and some muscle strength the best I can.  I’ve been seen by many doctors in various specialties, and have tried many treatment modalities.  I’m open to seeing if Ketamine will work, as I very much want to avoid a spinal cord stimulator, if I can.

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    Hi I don't know much about infusion. But well done to you for still working. The goal is the keep moving the limb. What pain killer you on. I am getting epidural next week. I have it in left foot and ankle since July. Yesterday my pain was so severe today it's ok. It's just the weirdest diease.

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    Hi, sorry you are going through all this. I have had a single 4 hrs

    Pamidronate infusion. Did they definitely say Ketamine? Ketamine

    Scares me a little but it does seem to get results. Maybe if effective

    They would do it again? Sorry, I don't have any real answer for you.

    Take care.

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      i have only had pain meds and something for inflamation.  if im on my foot at all, it swells and hurts so bad.  i will have a good day here and there.  i do not have discolaration in my foot so dr. says she doesnt think its crps or rsd, im having a bone scan this thurs.  ive heard this may or may not show anything.  so confused.  i was injured at work may 2015 and ive been out of work since last dec.  the drs. seem to not care about me much since im on workmans comp, me i just want so part of my old life back.
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      I had crps in limb where the initial injury was and there is bad

      discoloration but I have since had symptoms in my other hand

      few months later without discoloration. Much more research

      should be done so that patients are believed, I feel lucky as my

      Hospital seem to trust my word. Who would make this up?!!

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    I have unrelenting pain in my L foot and was recently hospitalized with CRPS.  After 6 days of morphine, I was open to anything. I've never done hallucinagens but was in so much pain I hadd nothing to lose. I entered the monitored infusion with an open heart and open mind AND a pain level of 8. After the infusion I was groggy but in less pain and rang for the nurse for assistance going to the restroom. Not only was my pain level now a TWO, but I COULD WALK. I left the hospital the next day. It lasted a full week, but when you are in pain 24/7, you'll take that.  Good luck, Feel free to cotact me. I'm having another infusion soon.



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