Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes individuals to feel an uncontrollable urge to move their legs, often because staying stationary creates an uncomfortable sensation. The feeling can drag on for as long as hours and days and can occur while standing, sitting, or lying down.
Here at Vancouver Ketamine Infusions, we offer ketamine infusion therapy to help those dealing with the symptoms of restless legs syndrome. Ketamine has been used worldwide for decades as a powerful anesthetic and rapid pain reliever.
Ketamine infusions have quickly become one of the most popular treatment options for pain conditions.
Unlike many traditional medications like SSRIs which can take months to start working, ketamine therapy offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.
Ketamine functions in several methods to reduce signs of pain and swelling in the body. It accomplishes this by joining certain receptors in the brain known as the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor.
Ketamine blocks out the NMDA receptor and prevents the transmission of external pain signals to the human brain. With extended impediment in the course of ketamine infusion therapy, the brain “restarts” and eliminates translating peripheral stimulation as pain.
As a new treatment option for restless legs syndrome, ketamine does have a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, disrupted vision, lightheadedness, nausea, or slight anxious feelings after treatment.
Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication utilized for infusion therapy “off-label” use. Off-label use indicates a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops with time.
As a good example, the FDA authorized the medication Prazosin to treat hypertension in 1976, but it is now mainly used to treat nightmares in individuals with PTSD, which was not approved at first.
Our providers at Vancouver Ketamine Infusions will go above and beyond to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Ketamine infusions typically last about an hour for mood disorders, but chronic pain conditions may require a longer infusion time.
Several patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect aids with treatment and helps you provide a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. Our team will monitor you throughout the process and be readily available should you need anything.
Are you ready to take back control of your life? Are you tired of trying one medication after another, only to be left with the same symptoms? If so, ketamine infusion therapy might be the right treatment option for you.
Contact Vancouver Ketamine Infusions today to schedule your consultation and learn how ketamine infusions for restless legs syndrome treatment can help you find relief.