It is believed that the main cause of chronic pain is due to an overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps the condition by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of chronic pain symptoms. By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons.
Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors. Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity — essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.
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Pain is a normal part of the healing process, and often serves as a way to keep us from potentially harming ourselves further. Unexplained or prolonged pain, on the other hand, is classified as Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS). Where normal, healthy amounts of pain–like a scraped knee after falling from a bike–will eventually subside with time, the effects of chronic pain rarely (if ever) go away on their own.
Chronic pain is a serious, (potentially debilitating) health condition. It can also create new problems if left untreated, like depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Per the Mayo Clinic, “Chronic pain can limit your quality of life and lead to additional, serious mental health problems. Finding effective treatment is important–as is balancing pain relief with your safety.”
While it can be difficult to treat, it’s not impossible. Continue reading to learn more about CPS and ways to treat it. Understanding is the first step to healing.
CPS affects you both physically and mentally. Some symptoms include:
- Muscle strains
- Unexplainable, prolonged episodes of pain in different areas of the body
What exactly causes CPS is unknown, but some believe that it stems from an initial injury or pre-existing condition, like:
- Arthritis and other joint problems
- Back pain
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Repetitive stress injuries, when the same movement over and over puts strain on a body part
- Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes muscle pain throughout the body
- Nerve damage
- Lyme disease
- Broken bones
- Acid reflux or ulcers
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Endometriosis, when tissue in the uterus grows outside of it