I am a chronic pain patient. As talked earlier in the posts , I have interstitial Cystitis, fibromyalgia, mecfs , vulvodynia etc. Basically I have centrally mediated pain.
Being multiple chemical sensitive, its tough to find medications that work for me. Peracetamol/acetomophen and nsaids are big no.
I take opioids that too a selected few, but in the long run it has resulted in hyperalgesia.
So from last one year I am being put on Infusions. From last few months, I used to take lidocaine infusions. They give me 3 weeks of good relief. It is given over the period of four hours under monitoring of a pain speciality. After 3-4 days of Infusion my pain scale comes from 9 to 3 on a scale of 10. The only side effect I ever got from it is nausea.
Recently my doctor changed my regime from lidocaine only to lidocaine + ketamine. As the benefits of Lidocaine only were lasting 2-3 weeks . My pain level is finally down after the infusions. However ketamine leaves you drained , dizzy and nauseated.
I also have mood disorder. And ketamine is helpful in PTSD too. I hope it works for my mental health too.
Side effects generally differ from person to person.
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General things to consider before Infusion.
1. Consider it only if you aren’t getting benefits from oral medications.
2. Try to have someone else with you to drive you back home. You will be dizzy and wiped out by the end of the procedure.
3. Carry some electrolyte drink with you.
4. Wear comfortable clothing. And keep in mind your cannula for IV line will be intact on your hand for the duration. So wear accordingly that the sleeves aren’t too tight.
5. Go with a positive mindset. It helps a lot. Both these medication sometimes cause little agitation. So going with a positive mindset, having movie to watch or music to listen helps to calm down . Generally I sleep during the last hour . It helps me feel better after the procedure.
6. Last and most importantly, get it done only with a knowledgeable doctor whom you trust. Preferably a pain specialist.