Ketamine is not my friend


Ketamine during surgery Monday was necessary and I hope to never need it again. It is not my friend.

I awoke sick from surgery. They gave me two doses of nausea medicine before I left the hospital and when I described my symptoms the nurse said “oh yeah, that’s the ketamine.” Well dandy.

At 2:30 am the morning after my surgery, I found myself wide awake with the urge to do something. I thought at first it was my pain levels, but once I got the urge to get up and do something, I realized that wasn’t pain talking.

And so I found myself prepping vegetables and meat for a soup I was going to make on Tuesday. And writing a blog post. And then surfing the net looking for info on the definition of a cult (cool blog post coming at a later date on that).

And then I searched for Ketamine side effects because I have experience with everything they gave me at the hospital except the Ketamine and it can cause insomnia and manic episodes… hence the meal prep at 2:30 in the morning.

Somewhere between 4:30 and 5:30 am, I fell asleep. I awoke feeling refreshed. No clock in the room and my phone was in the kitchen. I got up and walked into the kitchen and found a clock that told me it was 7:30 am. Good grief. That’s a lot less sleep than I normally get.

I had expected to sleep until late afternoon, but nope. I was wide awake after just 2 1/2 hours of sleep.

But oh man, my incisions hurt, but my hip doesn’t. I had talked to a few of my fellow CRPS sufferers and some of them said a single dose of ketamine can bring their pain down for a few months at a time, no week long clinic infusions necessary. It will take more than a single day to know for sure, but I have my fingers crossed that maybe the same is true for me. That would be awesome.

So why not try Ketamine before now? Because no one knows why ketamine helps with CRPS pain, mostly because we don’t understand CRPS, not really.

Meaning while Ketamine side effects might suck, they go away and if it will bring my pain down for even a week, I’m willing to deal with the side effects and we might have another pain management option, which would be amazing.

4 thoughts on “Ketamine is not my friend

    1. Agreed. So far, so good. My hip still hurts, but it doesn’t feel broken, the sharpness is gone. It’s more like an arthritic ache, which is such a huge improvement. If this was what my pain always felt like, I wouldn’t even need the pain meds. I did do a ton of walking yesterday because it felt so good. It was starting to really hurt (bones felt broken) when I went to bed, but it had returned to an ache this morning. J is worried it’s because my surgical incisions are still really sore, so I’m not noticing the hip as much, I’m not sure that’s it, but I have been known to be wrong.

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