Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome services offered in Stamford and Westport, CT

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition that occurs after an injury or illness and often resolves in a few months or years. If CRPS symptoms persist, Peter McAllister, MD, FAAN, and the team at Ki_Ketamine in Stamford and Westport, Connecticut, can provide regular Ketamine infusions to alleviate symptoms and drive the formation of new neural pathways. To find out if Ketamine infusions are right for you, call Ki_Ketamine or request an appointment online today.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Q & A

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an enigmatic condition that causes discomfort and other symptoms in your extremities. The symptoms can strongly impact your life and overall well-being. 

CRPS tends to arise from dysfunction involving your central or peripheral nervous system, causing your nerves to overreact to pain signals even if they’re otherwise mild or shortlived. 

If you have CRPS, you have one of two types: 

Type I

Type I CRPS occurs after an illness or injury that didn’t directly cause nerve damage.

Type II

Type II CRPS develops after observable nerve damage. 

Both types can be either chronic (long-lasting) or acute (short-term). 

What are the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome?

CRPS symptoms start 4-6 weeks after the illness or injury that caused the condition. They primarily affect your limbs and can include:

  • Pain from stimuli that don’t typically cause pain (e.g., a light touch)
  • A lower pain threshold
  • Numbness
  • Skin swelling
  • Skin color changes
  • Skin temperature changes
  • Skin texture changes
  • Changes in nail and hair growth

In most cases, symptoms of CRPS get better with time. If your symptoms don’t improve with other treatments, Ketamine infusions at Ki_Ketamine may offer some improvement. 

What should I expect during Ketamine infusions for complex regional pain syndrome?

Ketamine therapy can address treatment-resistant CRPS as it’s a type of anesthetic. It blocks specific neurotransmitters in your brain, which promotes the creation of new neural pathways that bypass the damage causing CRPS. 

When you visit Ki_Ketamine for regular infusions, you can expect attentive one-on-one care from a registered nurse on staff. As the low-dose Ketamine travels into your bloodstream through an IV drip, you can expect to feel relaxed and possibly disassociated. Treatments last around 40 minutes each. After a few rounds, you can expect to feel relief from your symptoms for up to a year. 

Ki_Ketamine has a therapy dog available to make your experience as relaxed and satisfying as possible.  

To find out if Ketamine infusions can alleviate your treatment-resistant CRPS symptoms, call Ki_Ketamine or request an appointment online today.