Below is a typical email I receive from patients complaining that ketamine infusions do not work outside Florida. The patient’s email has been edited to protect patient privacy. The treatment protocol used by the doctor has been deleted - again - to protect patient privacy.
My reply is published below:
Anthony F. Kirkpatrick, MD, PhD
From: XXX XXXXXX
I have finally found a Doctor that is doing ketamine infusions. It has taken me about 2 1/2 yrs of searching and discussing ketamine. I have had 4 infusions so far: …. The infusions are nothing compared to what you are doing. I don't get the same affect that I did in Florida.
The Doctor wants to evaluate the infusions and may decide not to continue them because they have not helped yet?? This doctor is new at doing the infusions.
Is there a reasonable explanation of why they are not working and why they are so different from the ones I had in Florida? I would appreciate any input you may have. I don't want this Doctor to drop me so I need reasons why they are not working.
Your doc’s failure to help you with ketamine infusions is not surprising. Your experience is a common one, especially when an anesthesiologist “experiments” with using ketamine for the first time to treat CRPS.
Unfortunately, your doc does NOT appreciate the fundamentals on how to apply ketamine for optimal safety and efficacy.
Other factors that contribute to failure with ketamine infusions are covered in video recordings:
Anthony Kirkpatrick MD, PhD