The Following Is A Q&A with Dr. DeBruin of Orangevale, CA
And a RSD/CRPS Angel Kaitlyn Pintor of Santa Rosa, CA
This article is here to help those with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and also Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and many others to understand more fully what Ketamine Infusions are truly like.
This is just one person’s experience.
Kaitlyn, how long have you had RSD/CRPS? What caused it?
The week before Good Friday 2004 I stepped off my hearth and twisted my right ankle. One week later I knew it wasn’t feeling right. I proceeded to climb on a chair anyway to reach something in the garage. The chair collapsed and I severely sprained my other ankle. Fortunately, I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for my right foot twenty minutes later. They were surprised at how much pain I was in when we arrived. Something was clearly wrong.
What other therapy have you tried? Did they work? How did you find Dr. DeBruin?
I have had over 30 sympathetic blocks, tried many different medications to control the pain, endured the fallout of a double left sympathectomy, six other nerve entrapment surgeries by aggressive doctors yet still had RSDCRPS systemically. I am thankful for every doctor who did his/her best to help, and the surgeries helped some types of pain, but the recovery was brutal every time. Water therapy helped me get on my feet from a wheelchair and by far was the most reliable help on my journey until now.
I received an email from Barby Ingle of Power of Pain Foundation that Dr. DeBruin had met Dr. Getson and was opening a clinic two hours from my home. While visiting with Dr. Pradeep Chopra here in California, my husband and I met Dr. DeBruin and were immediately impressed by his genuine concern and knowledge. I was ready to travel to New England for infusions. We decided to pursue them near home.
Dr. DeBruin, where did you study for your undergrad and for your medical training?
I studied my undergrad at Santa Clara University. I hold two doctorate degrees, one in Chiropractic and the other in Medicine.
What is your specialty?
My specialty is Family Medicine.
Why were you drawn to this occupation?
I have always enjoyed sports and the health field throughout my life, I was drawn to this profession due to my passion for helping others and my past experiences in my life.
Why did you think Kaitlyn would benefit from this treatment?
Because Ketamine is the cutting and leading treatment for RSD. It has proven to be most beneficial in relieving RSD pain.
Kaitlyn, what were your fears going into this treatment? Did you do research before going down this path? Have you ever tried anything similar to this treatment, in the past?
I certainly researched before going down this road. I read articles, spent a lot of time talking about it with my counselor, and spoke with other patients. I had been given oral ketamine previously several years ago, but after one surgery I was told to still take my medicine and I became very disoriented. I don’t know if it was a combination of the anesthetics and my normal medications, but it was a frightening moment. I was concerned that would happen again. (Happy to report it has not)
Three years ago I went to Dr. Kirkpatrick in Tampa, Florida and had three days of high does ketamine infusion. It helped stabilize my gate, but the improvement wasn’t enough to get off of my medications. It has been my goal since the beginning to be off of narcotics. I am so glad I was able to do that this year.
Dr. DeBruin, How is the Ketamine Infusion administered?
The Ketamine infusion is administered through an IV over a period of 4 hours. These infusions are administered over a period of time abiding to a certain protocol
What are the side effects?
Most side effects are nausea, impaired attention, hallucinations, and dreams.
I really have not had any danger issues and Ketamine has been around for 30 plus years. It is a very safe drug.
What is the success rating?
The literature states around an 85% response. I personally have had a 100% positive response in all my patients; however, in that 100% response the range of improvement is from 30% to 90%.
Kaitlyn, what did the very first treatment feel like? Who administered it? How long did it take? Were you coherent afterwards?
The first treatment at DeBruin Medical Center was a lower dose to start. I climbed in a comfy recliner with a quilt that my mom (who lives in Maine) made me and a pillow from home. I made a playlist of relaxing and happy songs for the four hours and snuggled in. The nurse started my IV which was used all week, set up the monitors for my vitals, and began the Zofran, versed and then ketamine.
It felt like lucid dreaming the first two days- like seeing landscapes from aerial cameras all over the planet. I loved it. By the third day, I just rested and was half asleep for the four hours.
When you wake up, your vision is a little distorted for a couple minutes. You need help walking to the bathroom, etc. If you sit and relax it goes away quickly. The nurse is right there to remind people to sit back and relax for a bit and she is so positive with a great sense of humor.
With the ulcerative colitis I endure, I did get flared during treatment but it subsided over time. For headaches, I was given toradol through IV after. It helped so much. One day Dr. D also gave me a chiropractic adjustment for my neck because I had tension headaches in between boosters. I love that he is an osteopath and pays attention to EVERYTHING going on with my health from bladder infections, allergies to RSDCRPS.
Dr. DeBruin, in your professional opinion has this treatment been successful in lowering or erasing Kaitlyn’s RSD/CRPS pain?
Absolutely! Kaitlyn is a success story and Ketamine has changed her life. Ketamine is a game changer for RSD patients and it is so important to get awareness out to all RSD patients concerning the positive results of Ketamine.
Kaitlyn, do you plan on getting boosters of this treatment in the future? If you already have are they different?
I am following Dr. Debruin’s booster protocol. They have sustained my pain relief and even improved upon it.
Dr. DeBruin how long do you attempt this treatment if the patient doesn’t show positive results like Kaitlyn has?
Difficult question because we have not come across this yet; however, if the patient shows no positive results after the first week we will discuss about stopping treatment.
Kaitlyn, what advice do you have for someone who may be looking into this treatment?
I think it’s best to suspend expectation before having any procedure. Focus on the moment, and choose gratitude for every victory. Make yourself as comfortable as possible before, during, and after. Get lots of rest and keep things in your life as non-stimulating as possible during treatment. It is common to feel an emotional letdown or anxiety between the two five day weeks of therapy. Just notice it, be gentle on yourself, and it will pass.
One day at a time. I made a few YouTube videos during my first three days to demonstrate how I prepare myself daily on infusions. They are available when you search for “Kaitlyn Pintor”.
Choosing a private clinic will allow someone to have the custom attention that they can’t get in a big hospital. Dr. DeBruin personally connects with each patient and calls them from his cellphone. It’s so rare to find a doctor who will do that, but look for one or call DeBruin Medical Center and ask to speak to Dr. D. He can advise you even if you aren’t ready to make a trip here.
Dr. DeBruin is there further developments being made in the way this treatment is administered?
Not that I am aware, intravenous therapy seems to yield the best results for RSD patients.
Dr. DeBruin & Kaitlyn any Final thoughts?
In my 23 years of practicing medicine I would have to say that Ketamine treatments for the RSD patient is by far the most life changing experience I have seen in patients. Patients go from wheelchairs and walkers to walking normally again and able to cope with life due to the RSD pain is decreased. It is a true game changer and I have seen this over and over again. I hope this Ketamine awareness gets out to the RSD community and spreads like fire to enlighten the RSD patient. I look forward to helping the next patient and the next phone call.
Life is a journey. After nine years, I have my life back. I am no longer on any narcotics. The LDN and ketamine troches work well for me. The hardest and best advice I received my first year: There are no silver bullets. So often we are searching for the ONE thing that will make everything go away. That mentality is not helpful no matter what therapy you are considering. Some therapies can work efficiently and more quickly than others, and ketamine is non-invasive and safer than many therapies offered out there. Explore your fears and listen to your heart when choosing a new therapy. If it’s right for you, the evidence will support it.
Thank You Dr. DeBruin and Kaitlyn for your time and courage helping those around the world learn more about Ketamine Infusions and how it could possibly help those with RSD/CRPS!
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