Chronic pain is one that extends beyond the expected period of healing and can last many months, or even years.
If you have chronic pain, you have a lot of company. According to the Institute of Medicine, there are roughly 116 million Americans living with chronic pain, which means approximately half of all American adults have some form of chronic pain.
Severe chronic pain is associated with increased 10 year mortality, particularly from heart disease and respiratory disease. Those suffering with chronic pain tend to have higher rates of depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and neuroticism; these are correlations and it is often not clear which factor causes another.
Treatment is problematic as it can cause more problems than it cures, specifically, issues with opioid addiction and side effects from medications.
Pelican Family Medicine is an authorized Kalypso Wellness Treatment Center that specializes in the treatment of patients suffering from Chronic Pain, Migraines, Depression, Anxiety, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Inflammatory Pain, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), using ketamine infusions.
Ketamine is a medicine that has been used around the world for over 50 years and is viewed by the World Health Organization as a core medicine in healthcare.
Ketamine is FDA approved as an anesthetic and is frequently used in operating rooms. Low dose ketamine infusions have not been FDA approved for the treatment of Chronic Pain, Migraines, Depression, Anxiety, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Inflammatory Pain, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); however, studies confirming benefits from low dose ketamine infusions have been done at Yale University, The National Institute of Health, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.