Pain Management Physician
Treating Chronic and Neuropathic Pain
At Satori Health and Wellness, we use alternative, effective treatments for Chronic and Neuropathic Pain. If you have experienced this type of pain, you know how debilitating it can be and how much it can affect both your mental and physical health. We offer Ketamine Infusion Therapy and Lidocaine infusions to our patients. You may also be a candidate for Medical Cannabis. Depending on your specific ailments, we cater a treatment plan designed around your needs.
We are able to use Ketamine to treat a wide range of chronic pain issues, especially concerning neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is experienced as a shooting, burning pain caused by nerve damage and a malfunctioning nervous system. Patients who suffer from this have probably been prescribed antidepressants and anticonvulsive drugs. Often, these medications do not provide the amount of relief needed to live a normal everyday life.
Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that leads to persistent pain symptoms. For many patients, their pain is felt continuously throughout the day and the levels of pain can change at any time.
If you are skeptical about the use of Ketamine in pain treatments, you should know that it has been around since the early 1960’s. This is not a new medicine and has continually been proven to work with little to no side effects. Ketamine itself has the ability to block NMDA receptors and actually alters the way brain cells communicate. This basically means that the changes in your brain after using Ketamine result in positive changes to your mood, anxiety, pain, and other ailments.
Chronic and Neuropathic Pain is experienced among a wide range of disorders. We are able to treat pain caused by:
- Amputation – including phantom pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Facial nerve problems
- HIV infection or AIDS
- Multiple myeloma
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nerve or spinal cord compression (herniated discs, arthritis)
- Spine surgery
- Thyroid Problems
Lidocaine For Chronic Pain
Lidocaine can decrease your pain from severe to manageable after just one session. Some patients are even able to decrease their prescribed pain medication as a result. Lidocaine acts on the nerves that cause the spread of pain signals within nerve fibers. It basically calms the misbehaving nerves and results in a noticeable reduction in your pain.
Before an infusion, our doctors meet with you one on one to discuss your symptoms and get to know you as a person. We want to know more about you so we can use all of our knowledge to improve your quality of life. During a treatment, your heart rate and blood pressure are monitored at all times. Once the IV and Lidocaine is administered, the session will take approximately sixty minutes. Lidocaine can take up to several days to reach its peak effectiveness. Side effects or complications have been shown to be extremely rare and disappear once the infusion is completed.
Cannabis and Neuropathic Pain
What You Need to Know about Cannabis and Neuropathic Pain
Cannabis has been used safely to treat a number of illnesses and disorders. There are many reasons Cannabis is sought after as a healing agent, especially when it comes to anti-inflammation results, pain management, and neuroprotection. Neuroprotective factors are the reason CBD is so effective in treating certain neurological conditions. Neuroprotection refers to the preservation of neuronal structure and function. Preservation of neuronal structure is the goal when treating illnesses and disorders. Some of these conditions include: Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, Neurological conditions, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Cannabis is popular not only because of its positive effects but also because of its minimal to no negative side effects.
The Science Behind Neuropathy
Our neurons act as the information messengers in the body. They transmit information between areas of the brain using electrical impulses and chemical signals. This information is also transmitted throughout the rest of the nervous system. In order for our bodies to function the way they should, and without pain, our neurons need to function effectively. Neuropathy refers to damage to one or more nerves in your body. This usually results in feelings of tingling, numbness, muscle weakness and pain in one area or many. There are numerous causes of Neuropathy. The number one cause in the United States today is Diabetes. Other common causes result from chemotherapy, alcoholism, trauma, and autoimmune diseases. As far as trauma, this refers to injuries to the brain or spinal cord that lead to chronic neuropathic pain.
One of the reasons so many people choose Ketamine as an alternative treatment is because Neuropathic Pain is difficult to treat with traditional medications. You may have experienced this yourself if you have tried various types of pain relief medications and even topical treatments but did not experience any reduction in pain.
Cannabis for Neuropathic Pain
Cannabis has been used as an alternative pain treatment because of its ability to provide relief with little to no side effects. It positively affects mood, sleep, and appetite. All of these factors play a significant role in treating pain. Cannabis has a direct effect on neural pathways and helps regulate naturally occurring neurotransmitters in the body. It has been shown to aid in conditions like Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. We start all of our patients on a low dose of THC and CBD. Studies have actually shown that lower doses are more effective.
One of the options for therapy is Cannabis Oil. It combines THC and CBD in oil form. This is administered by dropping a small amount onto your tongue. You can even add it to a beverage and drink it that way. It has little to no taste.
Cannabis Topicals may be effective for treating Neuropathic Pain. Topicals are applied directly onto the skin where you experience pain. With this type of treatment, THC does not get absorbed into the bloodstream, so you will not experience any psychoactive effects. Our topical treatments are very easy to use. They come in the form of a bar or cream that you apply to the skin like you would a lotion or soap.
Ketamine and Medical Cannabis are a real and effective way to treat your Neuropathic Pain. You can finally experience relief after only one session of a Ketamine Infusion. Our options regarding Cannabis give you control over which type and how much you use in order to create the best form of treatment. If you have been suffering from pain and have tried a number of other treatments with no positive outcome, come in for consultation so we can discuss treatments that have been proven to work.