By exposing the body to painful stimuli in a gradual way, desensitization therapy can help improve painful responses to touch experienced by individuals living with neuropathic pain.
“Horse tranquilizer,” “Special K,” and other misnomers. For much of its known existence, ketamine has been maligned and misunderstood. Discovered in the ’60s and used as a surgical anesthetic during the Vietnam War, ketamine is now garnering attention for its therapeutic properties when used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and neuropathic pain.
People living with neuropathic pain face an uphill battle in their efforts to achieve symptom relief, often requiring a combination of therapies when medication options are not as effective as patients and doctors would hope. Prescription medications are a common treatment for chronic pain and can provide marked pain relief when prescribed wisely. However, side effects are common and can deter some individuals from taking the appropriate dose, and the desired pain reduction sometimes falls short of expectations.