Treating Chronic Migraines with Ketamine Infusion Therapy

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month with the Coalition For Headache And Migraine Patients (CHAMP). Migraines can be extremely uncomfortable to live with and may severely affect your social life, work-life, and relationships with loved ones. Ketamine Infusion Therapy can help with chronic and episodic migraines and may result as an option for relief.

What is a Migraine Caused By?

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but they're thought to be the result of abnormal brain activity temporarily affecting nerve signals, chemicals, and blood vessels in the brain.

Migraine headaches are sometimes preceded by warning symptoms. Triggers include hormonal changes, certain foods and drinks, stress, and exercise.

A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities.

Symptoms of a migraine can include:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Pain in neck/head/jaw

  • Ringing in ears

  • Sensitivity to light and sound

  • Intense pulsing and throbbing

  • Feeling tired

  • Loss of appetite

How can Ketamine Therapy Help Migraines?

Ketamine is a drug that’s commonly used as an anesthetic due to its sedative effects on your central nervous system. It's now being used outside of traditional purpose to treat conditions such as chronic pain and mental health conditions such as depression and ptsd.

Ketamine works by blocking neurotransmitters from reaching the NMDA receptors and blocking them. These receptors are located throughout your brain and spinal cord and are very important in the development of pain. This allows you to create new pathway signals that are responsible for pain, cognition, and thought patterns.

This creates a significant decrease in pain, patients typically feel better just after one infusion.

How Do I know if Ketamine is Right For Me?

According to a study done by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, 75% of the 61 people involved in the study reported an improvement in their migraine pain after receiving a ketamine infusion. The subjects in the study were administered ketamine therapy over 3-7 days for migraine symptoms.

At NeuroMedici, you can request a free consultation to learn more about ketamine, how it can benefit you, and if you're a good candidate.

From there, we schedule an in-depth initial assessment that involves a series of evaluations to make sure ketamine is a good option for you! Your safety is our #1 priority which is why we have implemented a series of safety measurements.