IamA 21-year-old with fibromyalgia and underwent ketamine infusions for chronic pain. AMA!
Ketamine infusions are considered in Australia still a newly approved and fairly experimental procedure for chronic pain. It’s under the early stages of testing for depression.
For the past decade, I have suffered debilitating chronic spinal pain that was resistant to every treatment imaginable — and a mixture of depression/anxiety. I finally made the call to do ketamine infusions as a last resort.
I had NO idea what I was in for. It was an extremely traumatic experience. I have never taken illegal drugs and it was like being put into the body of a person addicted for years and years — I felt the brief euphoria and extreme depressive phases. My body was pulled apart like a puppet. I suffered hallucinations but I stuck it out because I was desperate for it to work.
It did not work for my chronic pain, and I was heartbroken.
The experience was bittersweet. It transformed my autistic symptoms and virtually wiped my anxiety and depression. It’s too early to say whether this is a long lasting effect.
The sheer level of trauma the treatment caused would lead me to say that ketamine infusions ARE a last resort. I am suffering massive side effects & trauma that have never been seen before in a ketamine patient in Australia.
I want to share my experience because I believe this would be an important discussion for people who suffer depression, have autism or chronic pain.
Edit: Going to rest in hospital now. Will answer more questions soon!
For my American fellas, will be available from 4pm Central US time onwards.
Edit: Alright guys, I’m closing up shop. I’d like to say this is just my personal experience — I’ve received quite a few comments saying I must be anti-drug, fear mongering etc. I’m not telling anyone they shouldn’t seek ketamine treatments or that they should, it’s up to you to talk to your doctor about it.
And for the love of god, people be sending hate mail to a psychiatric patient? No, I’m not obese. No, my pain is not fake. There could be a hundred reasons why I had a negative experience, and none are y’all ideas about me tryna make more drugs illegal.
I firmly believe drugs should be legalised and taken in safer ways as I’m sure most Redditors would agree with. My experience is singular.
Lastly, I appreciate all the “have you tried xyz drug or exercise” comments are with good intention. I am still in recovery so I will be thinking about treatment options later.