More than 36 million Americans are battling opiate addiction, many of whom were introduced to opiate painkillers after experiencing acute or chronic pain. The opiate crisis is officially a National State of Emergency—but what art the non-opiate options for treating pain in order to prevent substance abuse and addiction issues.
The relationship between chronic pain and depression is very much cyclical and self-reinforcing. Even though depression is a mental health disorder, it still manifests in unexplainable physical ways: back pain, migraine headaches, etc. Likewise, chronic pain oftentimes results in equally concerning mental manifestations: heightened stress, disturbed sleep patterns, low self-esteem, etc. And the worst part is that these mentally and physically painful conditions seem to feed off of each other, reinforcing a perpetual and vicious cycle of suffering. Chronic pain exacerbates depressive symptoms, which, in turn, makes pain symptoms worse. And so it goes on. So, how do we break this cycle of pain and depression?
Those suffering from fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions are only too familiar with the vicious cycle: pain makes it difficult to sleep, and sleep deprivation makes the pain worse. And around it goes. But new research indicates a certain type of brain cell that may impact the connection between pain and sleep...
Ketamine clinics are rapidly gaining popularity across the country, providing access to a promising and effective treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. IV ketamine effectively improves depressive symptoms in more than 70% of patients – when administered by an expert under the right conditions. Though ketamine is FDA approved as an anesthetic, it has not yet been approved for the treatment of depression. Because of this reason, ketamine clinics are privately owned and operated, making it difficult to choose one that is credible and highly-rated.