Neuralgia Specialist

Austin Ketamine Specialists

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Austin, TX

Neuralgia and neuropathic pain syndromes frequently cause severe pain that can significantly reduce the quality of life. Neuralgia pain in your hands, fingers, feet, legs, or any other area can stop you from completing important tasks and participating in the activities you enjoy. Ketamine relieves all types of neuralgia pain so you can function and enjoy what life has to offer. The expert team at Austin Ketamine Specialists provide ketamine infusion therapy that’s safe and effective. To schedule an initial consultation, call the Austin, Texas, office today, or request a complimentary consultation online.

Neuralgia Q&A

What is neuralgia?

Damage or irritation of nerve tissue causes pain symptoms known as neuralgia. Neuralgia may arise due to aging, infections such as shingles, medical conditions like diabetes, and structural nerve irritation caused by bones, connective tissue, blood vessels, or abnormal growths.

There are many types of neuralgia, including:

Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia affects the trigeminal nerve, which provides sensation to the face, mouth, and nose. Trigeminal neuralgia pain affects those areas. 

Peripheral neuralgia

Peripheral neuralgia affects the peripheral nervous system, which includes all nerves outside of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Symptoms of this condition typically affect the arms, legs, hands, and feet.

Central neuropathic pain syndromes

Nerve damage of the central nervous system results from a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. Stroke and progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis also cause central neuropathic pain syndrome.  

What are the symptoms of neuralgia?

The effects of neuralgia vary depending on the location of nerve damage, but most types of neuralgia share some common symptoms. These include:

  • Intense, shooting, or burning pain
  • Pain along the nerve path
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Sensitivity to touch or temperature
  • Muscle weakness

Neuralgia may also limit your ability to move the affected body part.

How does ketamine relieve neuralgia pain?

Used safely since the early 1960s as an anesthetic, ketamine acts on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain. It prevents these receptors from receiving pain signals, so they can’t reach the brain’s pain processing areas. 

What should I expect from ketamine infusion therapy?

During your ketamine treatment for neuralgia, a specialist connects an IV infusion an IV port in your arm. It takes about 40-60 minutes for the drip to gradually release ketamine into your bloodstream. You then spend an additional 15-30 minutes of rest time at the clinic following your infusion.

You must have someone available to drive you home after your infusion at Austin Ketamine Specialists. If possible, arrange an open schedule for the rest of the day, so you can relax after your ketamine infusion. 

To learn about how ketamine therapy for neuralgia can provide the relief you seek, call Austin Ketamine Specialists, or request a complimentary consultation online today.