CLEARWATER, Fla., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Crohn's Disease is a terrible disease that affects millions of people each year. It is a chronic digestive disorder that causes inflammation and damage in the digestive tract. It most commonly affects the end of the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine, but inflammation can occur anywhere in the digestive tract.
CBS News recently featured a successful Tampa attorney, Aaron Greenberg, who has struggled with Crohn's. He describes how a new breakthrough treatment - IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy has helped his condition.
Aaron stated, "I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease about 16 years ago, after having severe intestinal pain, nausea, trouble eating and sleeping. I tried all other conventional treatments available, from remicaid and steroids to biologics and all other immuno-suppressants. I had side effects ranging from dangerous allergic reactions to liver failure. I was in severe chronic pain 24/7 and needed to rely on opiates just to be able to eat one meal per day. After an emergency surgery last year which resulted in the removal of over one foot of my intestine, the symptoms of Crohn's disease came back to affect an even larger amount of my small intestine. I was told that my options were limited to going back on the same unsuccessful medications, or risk having additional surgeries. In the interim, my health had deteriorated to the point that I was forced to resign from job in my 5th year practicing law due to multiple and repeated hospitalizations."
Aaron was at a standstill with his battle against Crohn's. Then, he began seeing Dr. Ashraf Hanna, a board certified physician and director of pain management at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater Florida. Dr. Hanna offered to treat Aaron with a new breakthrough treatment- IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy.
Dr. Hanna explains: "Crohn's disease is an immune-mediated chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the intestines. It causes severe pain, diarrhea and bleeding. Since I had great success with IV Ketamine in treating severe pain associated with other auto-immune diseases like MS, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, I thought that I would expand the treatment for Crohn's Disease."
As to his results after treatment, Aaron stated: "Dr. Hanna treated my Crohn's Disease with a 10 day IV Ketamine infusion, and after a few treatments, I now feel better than I have in over 20 years and have not been in severe chronic pain or taken opiates since the 3rd day after I started my treatment with Dr. Hanna. I'm also healthier than I've ever been in my life and am currently eating as much as I want while practicing the art of Muay Thai."
Dr. Hanna concluded, "I want to make it clear that I am not a gastroenterologist, and I only treat Crohn's patients after the patient is referred by their gastroenterologist and after they have tried all other traditional treatments. I feel that Ketamine treatment for Crohn's Disease really is a medical breakthrough! This is the first documented case of IV Ketamine reversing the inflammation, pain and intestinal erosion in a Crohn's patient in such a short period of time. Aaron was a severe case, he was in so much pain before the treatment and could not function properly. It is so incredible to be able to see him pain-free, eating normally and having the strength and energy to have a healthy life again."