By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Program Director, Calmare Therapy NJ
I’ve frequently been asked by patients if they can undergo Calmare Therapy after or in conjunction with Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Before I respond, let me offer a little background on Ketamine. For RSD, CRPS and fibromyalgia sufferers, Ketamine therapy is sometimes recommended for temporary chronic pain relief. It is an NMDA blocker that shuts down pain signals coming from the brain and then reboots the brain without the pain signal. Published successful outcome statistics for RSD patients is less than 50%, as an average. Boosters are necessary every two – three months and the cost averages about $2,000/ treatment. Each treatment takes about four to five hours. Some patients experience significant side effects from this drug, including hallucinations, nausea, extreme fatigue and ‘claw hand’ syndrome.
If you have undergone Ketamine treatment without a successful outcome, you can still be treated with Calmare (assuming your condition is determined to be appropriate for treatment). However, there must be a full three-month span between the last Ketamine treatment and the start of Calmare Therapy. In fact, the less neurolytic drugs (Lyrica, Neurontin, Morphine) patients are using during Calmare Therapy, the better. Why? Because these drugs have an effect on brain activity and conflict with the functionality of Calmare to optimally do its job.
I fully realize that for patients who have been reliant on neurolytic drugs for months or even years, reducing the dosage can be daunting. My argument is that the potential rewards from undergoing Calmare Therapy can eliminate the need for these expensive and debilitating drugs. I fully believe this is a gamble worth pursuing.
Every patient’s case is unique because we all react to injury, acute or chronic, in different ways. If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about my expertise using Calmare Therapy, please feel free to contact me at (201) 933-444-zero.