Methadone is known to cause weight gain, anything from 25 lbs to 70 lbs.... which I knew and also it is known to cause constipation, especially when combined with some of the other meds I am on. Constipation also seems to be a common link to low carb, no wonder I got so ill with constipation the other week. I am not going to talk about what I all read but it has been interesting and I am going to research more stuff throughout the week. One thing I did learn is that methadone constipation is so different to food constipation, hence why most of the common treatments did not work for me.
CRPS has a high suicide rate, and also can have a relatively high death rate as it spreads throughout the body and over the years, I have heard of people leaving their painful life to go live in a place where there is no pain, though I had not met these people personally, I had spoken to them through support groups.
There is no cure for CRPS, though ketamine holds great promise for CRPS patients. It can be currently administrated in 3 ways, though none of these ways are available in New Zealand.
- First is a low dose ketamine infusion, done as an inpatient, a lot of these patients have had a zero pain for many months even up to years.
- The second way is infusions done over days as an outpatient, as this is more of a stop start method, it does not get the same results as the low dose ketamine inpatient infusion.
- The third way is a high-dose ketamine infusion, currently this is only done in Mexico and I think Germany, and at this stage there is only 1 person I have heard of in NZ who has gone through this process and that was a success. This is relatively new so there is no long-term data yet. This is where the patient is placed in a coma for 5 - 7 days and given high doses of ketamine, this treatment is very risky. From what I last heard, it has a 50% success rate. This treatment can cost anything up to $200,000 but this is a last resort for most people and if they did not try this, they would have died.