Emma has suffered from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) since she was 10 years old (now almost 17). The pain in her right foot is constant and debilitating and severely affects her quality of life. It is becoming increasingly difficult for Emma to continue with her schoolwork as the pain continues to increase and now affects her entire right leg and back. After many years of unsuccessful treatments we have contacted Dr Robert Schwartzman in regard to the research program he is conducting for CRPS sufferers using ketamine for treatment. He agreed to see Emma when she was 17 and so our plans to travel to Philadelphia began to take shape.
- An overview of ketamine infusion therapy (Emma will hopefully have the outpatient protocol described in the article)
- ketamine research papers (search for ketamine on the page)
- Case report: Complete recovery from CRPS following ketamine treatment (my favourite article!)
It was not easy to make the decision to take Emma to the US for treatment which is still in a research phase. The decision for Emma has been easier and she has not wavered from her immediate desire to try the new treatment. We are under no illusions that this treatment is a magical cure but it is certainly a path that is producing some excellent results for many who suffer from this crippling disease.