Depression Specialist

New Tampa Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine

Pain Management & Sports Medicine located in Wesley Chapel, FL

Living with depression and chronic pain can significantly impact your quality of life, but ketamine infusions may be able to help. At New Tampa Interventional Pain & Sports Medicine in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Jose De La Torre, MD, understands the complex role pain plays on your overall physical and psychological health. To find a comprehensive, whole-body approach to pain management, and if you live in the North Tampa, Land O' Lakes, Lutz, and Zephyrhills areas, call New Tampa Interventional Pain & Sports Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Pain and depression are two closely related disorders. Not only can you develop depression because of chronic pain, but you can also develop pain if you have depression.

Depression is a type of psychological disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and the loss of interest in things around you. This disorder can impact how you think, behave, feel, interfere with your ability to engage in normal activities, and even make you feel as though your life isn’t worth living.

Unlike being down, clinical depression usually requires professional treatment. For men and women struggling with depression and chronic pain, Dr. De La Torre might recommend ketamine infusions.

What is a ketamine infusion?

Ketamine is an anesthetic drug offering highly effective pain relief for neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain occurs when part of your sensory system is unable to transmit sensation to your brain, leading to symptoms like numbness, pain, or lack of feeling along the affected nerve. This type of pain is associated with a poorer quality of life than other types of pain.

When used to treat depression and chronic pain, Dr. De La Torre delivers controlled amounts of ketamine through an IV drip. This treatment has been shown to decrease discomfort and reduce psychological issues like depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

You could be a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy if you:

  • Meet the guidelines outlined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Have severe depressive symptoms that haven’t responded to other treatments
  • Don’t have psychotic symptoms or a history of a psychotic disorder
  • Live with chronic neuropathic pain or pain disorders, like migraines or Crohn’s disease

Ketamine infusions often provide rapid results that last for days or months.

What can I expect from a ketamine infusion?

During a ketamine infusion, Dr. De La Torre inserts an intravenous line, or IV, in your leg or arm. The dosage he delivers is lower than anesthetic doses and administered slowly over 40-60 minutes.

While your ketamine infusion is underway,  Dr. De La Torre monitors your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. They continue monitoring these vital signs for 30-60 minutes after your infusion concludes.

Ketamine infusions can cause a variety of side effects, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision, dizziness, and fainting
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased saliva production
  • Changes in your motor skills

These symptoms typically go away when you’re ketamine infusion stops.

Call New Tampa Interventional Pain & Sports Medicine or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about ketamine infusion.