Ketamine Infusions Available in Texas

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Ketamine has become a front running line of defense for both during necessary surgeries and as the other medicines fail to relieve symptoms for CRPS patients. For those who might not know, there is a member of the community who is one of the first American’s to undergo the ketamine coma and successfully achieve long term remission, Jonathan Haag. He has not only taken his remission and made an attempt to make a difference for the community by educating health professionals about CRPS, but he himself has become one. Since his procedure, he has gone on to become a registered nurse and will be providing ketamine infusions at his employers office in San Antonio, Texas.

Cost of ketamine

And as such he knows how our community battles with financial battles, he has worked with his employer to get information not only on the financial information we might need ahead of time, but also they are working on discounts for group treatments.

So why group treatments you ask? Getting treatments with someone you trust that understands your pain allows you to not only get discount on your treatments, but allows you to stay together at the hotels while you are recovering together, thus decreasing your travel costs. Add in the factor of having a friend who understands your battles, and your pain, the positive influence alone can help increase your success chances for the treatment.

  • 4 hrs – $500
  • 6 hrs – $750
  • 8 hrs – $900
  • The one hour high dose Johnathan gets is $500 (this is just another example, not recommended for new to ketamine patients)

Who is the provider?

Dr. Ricardo Alvarado, who is providing these services, is also the same doctor who over saw Johnathon’s own treatment when he did his ketamine coma, so this doctor is very familiar with ketamine.

Johnathan recommends that if you should decide you are interested in this, please call the appointment line, 210-910-6653,  and say you are interested in the ketamine infusion when you call. While you are discussing with them your options, also ask about promotions. They may have more than just the group discount available.

Dr. Alvarado’s office also treats fibro, PTSD, phantom limb pain, and migraines with ketamine.

Venn Diagram of Psychoactive Drugs: Ketamine
Venn Diagram of Psychoactive Drugs: Ketamine Resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Drug_Chart_Color.jpg

What about insurance?

And the infamous question: what insurance providers do they accept? Because not all of us are in Texas, they are recommending contacting your providers directly to see about pre-approval for the treatment so that you are aware ahead of time if there is any out of pocket expense that would be involved. This will allow for providers to contact their office about access and maybe help some who are from out of state get treatment that might not otherwise be available.

New Study, Medication Gives Hope to CRPS-RSD Victims – Legal Examiner

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Bryan Pope | Attorney • (972) 774-9883
Bryan Pope | Attorney • (972) 774-9883

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing therapies for the treatment of pain and other central nervous system disorders, announced last month that the first patient has been enrolled in the CREATE-1 (CRPS Treatment Evaluation 1) study, a Phase 3 trial evaluating the effectiveness and safety of disodium zoledronate (AXS-02) in the treatment of the pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).

The CREATE-1 study is expected to enroll 190 patients at sites in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. Eligible patients will be treated with either AXS-02 or a placebo, and the primary objective will be to measure the change in patient-reported pain intensity, measured with the Numerical Rating Scale.

FDA Fast Tracks AXS-02

In March 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted “Fast Track” designation to AXS-02 for the treatment of the pain associated with CRPS/RSD. AXS-02 is an osteoclast inhibitor being developed as an oral, non-opiod medication to treat the chronic pain. It is an investigational medication not yet approved by the FDA, and its safety and efficacy have not yet been determined. Read more here…

Source: CRPS In the News

(Copied as online data is not static and this should be retained, please know, all right are to the author and her original publication)

Questions to ask your doctor

Questions to ask your doctor

As the Shareandmakeaware.org and RCDOM.org interview comes up we’ve contemplated, what are the important questions patients want the answers to. Questions to ask your Doctor So here’s some of the questions we have created and you told me you’d like answered about new treatments along with some of our own: Effectiveness Questions How effective is it? Do patients report pain levels   decreased to…

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Questions to ask your doctor

Questions to ask your Doctor

As the Shareandmakeaware.org and RCDOM.org interview comes up we’ve contemplated, what are the important questions patients want the answers to.

So here’s some of the questions we have created and you told me you’d like answered about new treatments along with some of our own:

Effectiveness Questions

Questions to ask your Doctor
Questions to ask your Doctor

How effective is it? Do patients report pain levels decreased to months before, years before? Is it reported to decrease a percentage of the pain patients are experiencing?

How long do the effects last? Days, weeks, months, years? Does it come back suddenly or progressively like how it came on before?

Treatment Info Questions

Does the treatment have a recommended/known time period to complete a successful treatment? 1 visit, staggering visits over several weeks/months, or a battery of treatments slowly weaning off to avoid a “dependency”?

Is there clinical trial information? How many people did the trial, what type of trial was done, who ran it, where are the papers on it published?

What are the side effects? How long do they last?

Why is the doc advocating this treatment (& cross-check answer w physician payment databases)?

How long has this been used on patients, this way? In other ways?

How did this combination come to be used together, is there any other treatments you recommend or don’t recommend trying in combination with this?

Is there a maximum life time dosage that any patient can be exposed to these treatments?

  • Jaclyn Drexel

Potential Downfalls Questions

Contraindications with current medicines/treatments? Are there any conditions/medications that require close monitoring or possible dose tweaking due to the treatment?

  • asked by @NASheridan: & Jaclyn Drexel & Judy Halas

Any major long term problems/side effects from the treatment known at this time?

Thank you to everyone who helped create this list. If more great questions are suggested, we’ll be adding them with credits.

Medicine Alert: Fluoroquinolones

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Due to a recent medical issue encountered by myself I’ve had several discussions with the lovely Lightning Angel of RCDOM about a medication that the doctor put me on. A medication that just made headline news with ABC.

Fluoroquinolones
Fluoroquinolones are intense antibiotics.

Fluoroquinolones are broad-spectrum antibiotics that play an important role in treatment of serious bacterial infections, especially hospital-acquired infections and others in which resistance to older antibacterial classes is suspected. (Copied from Wikipedia) These drugs go by many names, but some of the more common are: Levaquin/levofloxacin, avelox/moxifloxacin, cipro/ciprofloxacin.

The list of potential side effects so long that it takes at least 4 minutes to read them out loud. But one of the most disturbing ones are the rupturing of the tendons that I didn’t learn from the doctor or pharmacy but a fellow admin, RCDOM’s Lightning Angel. Tonight she alerted me to this article, information that the doctors should be aware of, my doctors who know about and recognize my RSD as real, but felt yet further nerve damage wasn’t apparently a big enough concern to outweigh the risks.

The reason they put me on this is I am allergic to two of the optional three medicines to pick from. This is the only other medicine they feel is appropriate to fight this infection. (I’ve had to be on three antibiotics this week at once to get ahead of it.)

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Communicate with your doctors about your concerns before changing your regimen.

So please take this as a reminder, that keeping your doctors all aware of your treatments, allergies, and keeping one centralized doctor you can trust to KNOW you and your conditions is vital. Our lives are so riddled with delicate balances, don’t risk your health by not communicating with your doctor and don’t risk having a doctor who you can’t trust to listen to your concerned.

If you are on these medicines, please consult your doctor before quitting any medications. Because as with my case, quitting could bring the infection roaring back. So I’m going to wait it out until Monday to determine if I should continue to extend the treatment as I was advised this week by another doctor or if we should move to a more aggressive but safer alternative. But if I have a sudden explosion of symptoms, I will consult convenient care over the weekend for an immediate termination of treatment until I can see my doctor Monday.