September is Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness month, a full month of spreading awareness about the causes, treatments, and management of pain and chronic pain disorders. 

Pain Awareness month originated in 2001 when a coalition of members from The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)  sought to establish a time of the year to focus on individuals who experience chronic pain in any region of their body, subsequently impacting their daily lives. The purpose of Pain Awareness Month is to recognize the many different forms of pain and areas of persistent pain we or loved ones experience and how we can manage this kind of pain as it progresses throughout our lives.

Common Sites for Persistent Pain

The most common sites of pain and chronic pain in adults include:

  • headache.
  • post-surgical pain.
  • post-trauma pain.
  • lower back pain.
  • pain associated with cancer.
  • arthritis pain.
  • neurogenic pain (pain caused by nerve damage)
  • psychogenic pain (pain that isn’t caused by disease, injury, or nerve damage)

Causes of Chronic Pain

There can be many causes of chronic pain, including: 

  • chronic fatigue syndrome: characterized by extreme, prolonged weariness that’s often accompanied by pain.
  • endometriosis: a painful disorder that occurs when the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus.
  • fibromyalgia: widespread pain in the bones and muscles.
  • rheumatoid arthritis: a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints, typically resulting in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness often worsen following rest.
  • CRPS: Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) typically after an extreme injury.
  • inflammatory bowel disease: a group of conditions that causes painful, chronic inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • interstitial cystitis: a chronic disorder marked by bladder pressure and pain.
  • temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ): a condition that causes painful clicking, popping, or locking of the jaw.
  • vulvodynia: chronic vulva pain that occurs with no obvious cause.

Pain Prevalence in Women vs. Men

Men and women can be prone to different pain sites, longevity, and severity. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), women generally report experiencing more recurrent pain, severe paint, and longer-lasting symptoms of pain than men. Doctors suspect different reasons for this statistic is related to higher occurrences of extreme changes in hormone levels in women vs men, endometriosis diagnosis on the rise, and more painful conditions that show a greater prevalence in women like migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and osteoarthritis. 

Although women do report a higher level of pain and more instances of persistent pain than men, they are less likely to seek help or treatment.

 Ketamine Infusion Therapy could be the solution for your persistent pain. Don’t put off scheduling a free consultation if you are struggling with chronic pain, or other conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD. We’re here for you, and we would love to discuss your treatment options. 

 

Disclaimer

Red River Ketamine Wellness Center does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases via our website. Red River Ketamine Wellness Center does not endorse any medical practices, individuals, or professional services obtained through information provided on our website, articles on the site, or any links on this site.

Use of the information obtained via our website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes rapidly. Information may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors and/or be out of date. For questions or concerns, please contact us at albert007rn1@gmail.com

 

Resources:

The CDC: https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-pain

The IASP: www.iasp-pain.org

Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-pain#causes

How much time do I need for Ketamine Treatments?

When you decide to give up on traditional medications to manage mental health conditions like depression and consider Ketamine Infusion Therapy, it is normal to have questions. You may wonder if this will just be another treatment option you wait on for weeks just to find out it doesn’t help you at all. After all, antidepressants often take 4-8 weeks to make a difference, and you may continue to need them for months after depression improves. Patients also usually take antidepressant medications daily, sometimes making this regimen difficult to follow.

 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is one option to avoid daily medication. This non-invasive procedure which uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression requires 36 daily sessions over 6-8 weeks! Who has time for that?

 

Ketamine treatments, on the other hand, are less time consuming than TMS and require less effort on your part than taking daily medication. Ketamine has shown to often provide immediate relief of severe symptoms affecting your mental health. If you think Ketamine is something you are interested in trying, reach out to us.  We will set you up with an initial evaluation during which one of our providers will assess your symptoms, and health and medical history and recommend treatment options that are best for you.

 

Initial treatments

 

We recommend administering Ketamine in a series of infusions every other day. This series typically requires six infusions to have lasting effects. Many practitioners commonly agreed that a series of six infusions is the most effective treatment regimen.

 

During your treatment, you should expect to spend about 60-90 minutes in our office if receiving treatments for mental health conditions. Treatment for chronic pain requires about four-five hours of your time.

 

During your initial series of treatments, you will experience a significant decrease in symptoms of around 50% or even complete remission. You may notice feeling significantly better in 1 or 2 infusions. However, it is very important to fully complete this series of treatments. Sticking to your treatment plan helps you achieve optimal, lasting symptom reduction.

 

Maintenance treatments 

 

After completing the initial series of treatments, your treatment becomes even more personalized. During this initial maintenance phase, it is possible you will return for two infusions over the course of one week. We encourage you to keep in touch and let us know how you are feeling. These treatments are important to maintain remission and keep you from experiencing symptoms.

 

Booster treatments

 

The frequency of booster treatments varies from person to person. Some patients request 1 or 2 infusions per month to proactively prevent the resurgence of symptoms. Others return for their booster infusions 3 or 4 months after the completion of their initial infusions. Each person’s condition is different. Therefore, each ketamine treatment plan is very personalized to achieve remission.

 

Don’t put off scheduling a free consultation if you are struggling with conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, depression, PTSD, and OCD. We’re here for you, and we would love to discuss your treatment options.

 

Disclaimer

 

Red River Ketamine Wellness Center does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases via our website. Red River Ketamine Wellness Center does not endorse any medical practices, individuals, or professional services obtained through information provided on our website, articles on the site, or any links on this site.

 

Use of the information obtained via our website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

 

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes rapidly. Information may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors and/or be out of date. For questions or concerns, please contact us at albert007rn1@gmail.com

 

 

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Depression: Taking it One Day at a Time

Depression. It drains you. Oftentimes, you know the things that will make you feel better, but you just can’t seem to find it in you to make yourself do it. Your drive, hope, energy- it’s all just nonexistent. The thought of even making the effort to get better is exhausting. 

 

No one wants to open up about something sad and heavy like depression, but you should not give in to the thought that you are all alone in how you feel. After all, it is estimated that 15% of the adult population experiences depression at some point in their lifetime.

 

Although recovery is difficult, you must know, even when it is hard to believe, that recovery IS possible! You are more capable than you give yourself credit for, even in cases where depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. 

 

Here are four ways you can combat depression each day. 

 

Mood-boosting activities 

 

So, what’s the secret to success? Every day, you must build on doing normal, mental health-boosting activities. You may not have much energy, so start small. Draw on all your reserves, and choose one activity, and commit to completing it daily for a week. The next week, try doing one activity in the morning and one in the afternoon or evening. Continue to increase from there. 

 

The first step is always the hardest one. What boosts your mood may not boost someone else’s as much. You may have other ideas for your personal mood-boosting list, but here are some suggestions to get you started:

 

  • Spend time outdoors walking, hiking, or just enjoying nature (even 15 minutes of daily sunlight is a great mood booster!) 
  • Dance to your favorite music 
  • Prepare a healthy meal
  • Call a family member
  • Meet a friend for dinner or coffee
  • Attend a class at the gym 
  • Pick up a new or old hobby
  • Express yourself creatively through writing, music or art

 

Keep stress in check

 

Depression worsens with stress or stress can trigger a new cycle of depression. So, in return, get a grip on stress by determining what triggers stress. Is your current job too overwhelming? Are you in a relationship that is not going well? Are you struggling with financial difficulties? 

 

What ways can you improve these problems? If it’s money, consider meeting with a finance coach or listening to some podcasts on finances to make a plan to budget or manage debt. Have a relationship problem? Is it time to move on or consider counseling? If it’s work, is it time to consider cutting back some hours or finding a new position? 

 

Another way to combat stress is to practice relaxation techniques. Yoga, deep breathing, and meditation are all ways to relax. There are dozens of apps and music playlists available that may help. 

 

Seek support and care for others 

 

When we aren’t doing well, we focus on our cloud of depression. When we feel needed, however, we are able to refocus and have a more positive outlook. Some activities that may help include volunteering, visiting a nursing home, or adopting a pet. 

 

Consider joining a support group for depression too. Not only will it help you step out of isolation, but there is great comfort in discovering you are not alone in your struggles. A support group helps you find and give encouragement, learn how to cope, and release the heavy feelings you carry through sharing your experience. 

 

Support your health

 

Those with depression tend to sleep too little or too much. Try to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per day. Try to establish a good sleep schedule as well which includes a routine bedtime and waketime. 

 

Exercise is also a powerful tool in fighting depression. Research shows that regular exercise may be as effective as medication in relieving depression symptoms. It also helps to prevent relapses once you’re well.

 

Shoot for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Even ten minute increments can be very beneficial. Pair up with someone if you struggle with consistency when exercising. Having a partner to encourage and hold you accountable is powerful.

 

Last, but certainly not least, consider your diet. What you eat directly impacts the way you feel. Certain foods can negatively impact your mood such as sugar, alcohol, caffeine, trans fats, and foods with high levels of hormones or chemical preservatives.

 

Do you think you may have depression, but you’ve never been diagnosed? Is your current depression treatment not helping? We would love to visit with you. Learn more about the symptoms of depression and the treatment we provide at rrkwc.com/depression-treatment-in-lawton-ok/

 

Disclaimer

 

Red River Ketamine Wellness Center does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases via our website. Red River Ketamine Wellness Center does not endorse any medical practices, individuals, or professional services obtained through information provided on our website, articles on the site, or any links on this site.

 

Use of the information obtained via our website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

 

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes rapidly. Information may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors and/or be out of date. For questions or concerns, please contact us at albert007rn1@gmail.com.

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My trip out of depression

30 Jul 2019 Ketamine News

EFORE I STARTED ketamine infusions this spring, I was milling around my house, unhinged, ducking into my bedroom to weep behind the closed door whenever my three young children were occupied. I felt like an actor playing a wife and mother. I had been having trouble concentrating on anything for several months, including my work as a journalist. Unable to read a book or watch a crime thriller — diversions I usually love and use to unwind — and in a torturous limbo with no plan, I felt hopeless, full of self-loathing, even suicidal. The only thing keeping me from hurting myself was the thought of what that would do to my family.

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