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Does ketamine treatment actually provide some releif. I am a cancer patient who was left with nerve damage after an operation?
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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology
10 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe.
Ketamine is an anesthetic agent which may be useful in some chronic pain conditions, such as crps (complex regional pain syndrome).
Usually given as an infusion in subanesthetic doses over several hours, several days in a row, usually by a pain specialist or anesthesiologist.

In brief: Maybe.
Ketamine is an anesthetic agent which may be useful in some chronic pain conditions, such as crps (complex regional pain syndrome).
Usually given as an infusion in subanesthetic doses over several hours, several days in a row, usually by a pain specialist or anesthesiologist.
Dr. John Stork
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Ketamine is a pain medication that can treat pain through nmda receptors, unlike drugs like morphine that use mu opioid receptors.
In other countries, a "ketamine coma" is being studied. I have seen it help patients with very difficult-to-treat pain, though it is not a miracle drug and has side-effects, especially at higher doses. Consult with a pain management specialist for all your options.

In brief: Yes
Ketamine is a pain medication that can treat pain through nmda receptors, unlike drugs like morphine that use mu opioid receptors.
In other countries, a "ketamine coma" is being studied. I have seen it help patients with very difficult-to-treat pain, though it is not a miracle drug and has side-effects, especially at higher doses. Consult with a pain management specialist for all your options.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There are many published reports of successful treatment if neuropathic pain with ketamine.

In brief: Yes
There are many published reports of successful treatment if neuropathic pain with ketamine.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Richard Grisoli
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
A ketamine patch can be helpful in some chronic pain patients.
It is not always a good choice because some people have bad dreams while under the influence of ketamine.

In brief: Yes
A ketamine patch can be helpful in some chronic pain patients.
It is not always a good choice because some people have bad dreams while under the influence of ketamine.
Dr. Richard Grisoli
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Dr. Paul Reynolds
Pain Management
4 doctors agree
In brief: It can
Unfortunately, ketamine is not used often.
There can be side effects and oral dosing is available only through compounding pharmacies. It may be worth trying at 5 mg every 4-6 hours. Talk to a pain specialist!

In brief: It can
Unfortunately, ketamine is not used often.
There can be side effects and oral dosing is available only through compounding pharmacies. It may be worth trying at 5 mg every 4-6 hours. Talk to a pain specialist!
Dr. Paul Reynolds
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Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
There is a wide range of pain treatments available, and ketamine can be a helpful medication for some people.
There are a large number of narcotics for pain relief, as well as other oral medications like Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain. Cancer pain often requires stronger treatments including nerve blocks and/or nerve ablation techniques. Cancer pain requires multi-modal theraby by a pain physician.

In brief: Possibly
There is a wide range of pain treatments available, and ketamine can be a helpful medication for some people.
There are a large number of narcotics for pain relief, as well as other oral medications like Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain. Cancer pain often requires stronger treatments including nerve blocks and/or nerve ablation techniques. Cancer pain requires multi-modal theraby by a pain physician.
Dr. Scott Roethle
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Dr. Michael Gofeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Doubtfully
Ketamine has been suggested as effective in cases of intractable chronic regional pain syndrome (crps).
It has to be administered in hospital due to multiple side effects. Pain related to a surgical nerve damage should be probaly treated by different medications and/or nerve stimulation.

In brief: Doubtfully
Ketamine has been suggested as effective in cases of intractable chronic regional pain syndrome (crps).
It has to be administered in hospital due to multiple side effects. Pain related to a surgical nerve damage should be probaly treated by different medications and/or nerve stimulation.
Dr. Michael Gofeld
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