According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ketamine is considered a party or club drug. Doctors use this dissociative anesthetic for both sedation during surgery and an end of live painkiller. Veterinarians use ketamine to tranquilize animals during surgery.
Ketamine cystitis is a bladder disease caused by ketamine use. Heavy ketamine use ulcerates the lining in the bladder. This means that large wounds form on the bladder walls. It is also characterized by bladder fibrosis, which is a hardening of the bladder. The result of this is loss of bladder control and most often intense pain.
Since the ketamine is mostly processed in the liver and kidneys, the byproducts exit through the bladder. Many people do not understand this process but the byproducts are in large quantities, very damaging to the urinary tract.
Symptoms of Ketamine Cystitis
The symptoms of ketamine cystitis are often extremely severe. The wounds in the bladder bleed excessively causing blood clots to exit the urinary track when you urinate. These wounds are also known to cause intense and unrelenting pain both at rest and during urination.
People experiencing these wounds and hardening of the bladder will often also experience:
- frequent urination
- painful urination
- bladder spasms
- bloody urine
- blood clots during urination
- spiking bladder pain
- urgency to urinate with little or no result
- feelings of pressure on the bladder
- incontinence or inability to keep from urinating
- bladder failure
- eventual kidney failure
Although there are some treatments available, end state ketamine cystitis is often irreversible particularly with heavy ketamine use. Many of its users wind up incontinent and in need of adult diapers very early in their life if they continue to use ketamine.
How to Treat Ketamine Cystitis
In order to treat ketamine cystitis, the doctor first has to confirm the diagnosis. This involves inserting a scope into the urethra, much like a urinary catheter. Then the doctor examines the inside of the bladder searching for ulceration, bleeding, and fibrosis. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor may try to widen the bladder through a variety of methods.
Most of these treatments are stop gap measures. They do not solve the problem. If you are afflicted with all of the bladder problems associated with using ketamine and ketamine addiction, unfortunately there is no cure. The damage is permanent. Incontinence will follow, usually at a very young age. Although this condition is not deadly but extremely embarrassing for most people.
The first course of treatment is to stop using ketamine. The more you use ketamine the more damage it does to your bladder. Although this might seem obvious, many people are addicted to ketamine and therefore cannot stop on their own. In this case rehab or addiction treatment is necessary. To find a ketamine addiction treatment facility call 800-915-1270 (Who Answers?). Get help finding a treatment center that specializes in both ketamine addiction and the problems associated with it.