'Special K' Drug Eases Woman's Rare Pain Disorder

Imagine being in so much pain, you would do anything to stop it – including pumping your body with illegal street drugs.

Heather Kennedy-Redmond, 26, of Mooretown, Ontario, traveled to Mexico for experimental treatment for her rare condition of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD, The London Free Press reported.

Doctors induced Kennedy-Redmond into a coma by flooding her body with ketamine, known to illegal drug users as “Special K,” according to the newspaper.

The young woman had already tried all other methods of traditional medicine, so she went to Mexico, where she was strapped to a bed and experienced vivid hallucinations. Her parents and husband watched, hoping she would emerge pain free.

She said she awoke feeling “60 percent” better.

Kennedy-Redmond told The London Free Press that she suffered from pain that spread from “her head to toes” for years, and anti-inflammatory medicines did little to relieve the pain.

A doctor in Vero Beach, Fla., told the young woman that her rare condition had no cure.

The ketamine-induced coma has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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