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No more Lidocaine, now we're talking Ketamine

  • By Dana

    I have failed two Lidocaine Infusions and today my doctor prescribed me Ketamine nasal spray and wants to admit me AGAIN, but this time for a Ketamine Infusion. Anyone done both and have any advice or insight? This is all taking place in Philadelphia.
    Thanks in advance.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Hi Dana!
    I’ve been going to Jefferson since 2014 or so. I did one round of lidocaine and it was not the best experience. I just didn’t like the way it made me feel and I didn’t get much relief.

    I’ve now been in-patient for ketamine six times, averaging about 2 visits per year. Once I became chronic, I have pain 24/7 and haven’t had a break in 8 years. With each hospitalization for ketamine the severity of my pain gets knocked down a few notches and makes life a little more bearable. I also have a ketamine nasal spray. I honestly don’t think I would be as functional as I am without this protocol. But of course, please do your own research and talk to others – theres a great FB group called Medical Ketamine and Migraine.

    I’ve also written multiple articles about my experience. Hopefully this will help you:

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