Hello Cathy and H.W. people,
I have had 3 or 4 ketamine infusions at the beth Isreal Pain Management in Boston Ma. I dont know how helpful they were. I have had CRPS on and off for 3 years, and I think I'm leaning these days into total nerve pain instead of rsd. It is very hard to ditinguish between the two but I have had so many procedures and surgeries I think I might be able to tell the difference. The infusions started very slowly with 50mg drip bag along with the regular (saline?) bag. The first infusion took four in a half hours. The second went up to 60mg and the infusion moved up to three hours. I would never again do the 60mg in three hours again. I felt like I was in the OR with everything in slow motion. I could hear people talk, but could not talk or move. After the infusion they have you sit awhile like after surgery, but I did not recouver for 2 or 3 days after I got home. That ketamine in that fast acting drip kicked my ass!! I felt so sick, like too much gas in the OR. After that , my next apptmt. I brought it back down to 60mg at 4 and a half hours.
Some people claim they felt better after each infusion, but I stopped getting them because I did'nt think they were worth the recouvery sickness and time it took to get it out of my system.
I also got lidocain infusions as well. Same type thought as far as the procedure, but just different medication. I did'nt like the lidocain either, but probably because I use the lidocain patches everyday. I use 3 patches up to 20 hours per day. (I know its 12 on and 12 off, but my pain mangmt doctor OK'd the 20 hours.) One other thing about the lidocain patches,I was using them on my foot all the time, but I didnt realize that because I was using the heating pad on my foot and the lidocain patch was on there as well, the heat made the lidocain surge into my foot and system because you are not supposed to be using heat along with the pad. After I stopped using the heating pad along with the lidocain, I have been feeling much less sickly than I was previously when using the heat with them.
Hope I didnt ramble too much, but it's the usuall thing "I cant sleep!!!"
Best of luck for a Pain Free Day