Patient's with Crohn's disease suffer daily from bouts of pain, loose stools, and tremendous amounts of fatigue all due to the rampant inflammation in their intestinal lumen.
Keep reading to discover how IV Ketamine infusions, gain popularity for their healing capabilities with treatment resistant depression, can be utilized for patients suffering from the chronic pain of Crohn's disease to finally find some much needed relief.
What Is Crohn's Disease?
Crohn’s disease belongs to a family of diseases of the intestines known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
It results from inflammation in the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to chronic abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and, eventually,malnutrition.
Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can originate and infiltrate different section of the digestive tract given the amount of time the disease is present and the severity of it.
What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Crohn's Disease?
Signs and symptoms of Crohn's Disease can vary in duration and severity from person to person, but the most common symptoms are:
- Blood in stool
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Fatigue and Weight loss
Other symptoms of Crohn's Disease and some patients may experience over time are:
- Delayed growth or recovery due to malnutrition and malabsorption
- Inflammation of the joints (rheumatoid arthritis)
- Inflammation of the liver or an increase in Liver enzymes
What Are The Most Effective Treatments For Crohn's Disease?
While there are many medications that can help relieve the inflammation and pain associated with Crohn's Disease, there technically is no known "cure".
Although, with the appropriate diet and testing, most commonly addressed with a qualified Functional Medicine Practitioner, many patient find relief and/or remission once they find the right protocol for their needs and means.
Is Ketamine Effective In Treating Crohn's Disease?
While technically there is no known "cure", Ketamine Infusions have shown to be a very effective treatment of Crohn’s disease by reducing the inflammation that causes pain.
One of the main inflammatory signals in the body is known as Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNF-a).
Studies show that TNF-α plays a central role in rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and psoriasis.
Ketamine exerts its main effects against inflammation by down-regulating TNF-a, thus increasing the body and the affected tissues' ability to heal.
What Are Some Types of Neuropathic Pain That Ketamine Can Help?
If medications and non-pharmacological interventions do not provide pain relief, IV ketamine therapy may be a treatment option.
Similar to depression, IV ketamine is known for its ability to help relieve medication-resistant chronic pain syndromes, especially those syndromes that have a neuropathic component, such as:
- Complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS-1)
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Crohn's disease
- Peripheral Neuropathies
How Do I Treat My Crohn's Disease?
While research continues to discover and test effective treatment for Crohn's Disease, Ketamine Infusions are showing promise with their current efficacy in providing relief for many patients.
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