Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected tick. Although most cases of Lyme disease syndrome can be cured with antibiotics, 10%-15% of patients can sometimes experience symptoms that linger long after antibiotic treatment has been completed. This condition is often referred to as chronic or persistent Lyme disease or post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS).
Intravenous (IV) ketamine therapy has been shown to be effective at relieving pain that does not respond well to other treatments. As a leading IV ketamine provider, Neuro Wellness Spa has helped many patients struggling with Lyme disease.
IV ketamine therapy is coordinated by Dr. Martha Koo, Neuro Wellness Spa’s Medical Director. She is an active member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians. A leading authority on psychiatric disorders for over 20 years, Dr. Koo is passionate about using IV ketamine to help her patients find relief from treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders and chronic pain conditions.
Lyme disease pain can be treated with IV ketamine therapy due to ketamine’s NMDA receptor inhibition mechanism.
NMDA is a type of receptor that helps bind together glutamate in order to manage the brain’s most important pain center, the thalamus. When the NMDA receptor is blocked, ketamine brings acute and chronic pain relief. Some researchers indicate that ketamine does this by resetting the hyper-sensitized pain receptors in the nervous system.
Ketamine was originally approved by the FDA as an anesthetic. Today, it can be used to treat a range of physical and psychiatric disorders. Not only has IV ketamine therapy been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for physical pain, but it has also been widely applied to treat medication-resistant psychiatric disorders that often concurrently affect those with persistent Lyme disease.
Currently, there is no gold standard treatment for chronic Lyme disease. Often, chronic Lyme disease is treated with antidepressants, pregabalin and gabapentin, analgesics, psychotherapy or even alternative medicine.
If medications and nonpharmacological interventions don’t work, IV ketamine therapy may be a treatment option for fibromyalgia. IV ketamine is known for its ability to help relieve therapy-resistant chronic pain syndromes.
So how does the therapy work?
During IV ketamine therapy, dosage is determined by the patient’s body weight (0.5mg/kg), then the ketamine is administered at a slow and controlled pace by a trained clinician. During an infusion, patients do not experience any cardiovascular or respiratory depression.
Although some people may experience sensitivity to light and/or sound and disorientation while the treatment is administered, these feelings subside quickly when the treatment is finished.
To achieve long-lasting pain relief with IV ketamine, generally a multiple-infusion approach is indicated. Most patients who have had IV ketamine feel a significant improvement after the first treatment session. This improvement wanes over the subsequent 24-48 hours, but as the IV ketamine protocol continues, the symptom relief becomes increasingly sustained.
At Neuro Wellness Spa, our trained clinicians supervise all ketamine treatments. One ketamine infusion lasts approximately 40 minutes, and the typical course of treatment includes 8-12 infusions over the course of 3-4 weeks.
Those with chronic Lyme disease may experience the following symptoms within 6 months of a Lyme disease diagnosis:
Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. Although the exact causes of chronic Lyme disease remain unknown, known risk factors include having a documented case of early or late Lyme disease.