Ketamine therapy can have a positive effect on patients suffering from a variety of neuropathic pain conditions. People who suffer from chronic headaches or migraines are typically some of the best responders to ketamine treatments. Those sufferers often have to take time off work, avoid exposure to light, and make other sacrifices until their symptoms disappear. Preventive medications and anti-nausea drugs can help but many medications have unwanted side effects. Ketamine infusions may be a viable treatment option for preventing and reducing the excruciating — and often debilitating — pain associated with migraines.
Understanding Migraine Pain
Migraines are painful, pulsating headaches that typically develop on one side of the head near the temples. Many people experience migraine ‘attacks’ that are triggered by stress, hormonal changes, imbalances in brain chemicals, food additives, and alcohol consumption. Some people experience migraines when there are significant changes in the weather or barometric pressure. Certain medications and even some types of foods contain compounds that can trigger a migraine.
In most cases, the migraine attack lasts from four to 72 hours if left untreated and its severity may be different each time. Symptoms usually build gradually and are associated with the nervous system which is why those who are about to get a migraine may experience weakness in the body, vision loss, or have difficulty speaking.
Treatment Options for Migraines
Avoiding migraine triggers is one of the most effective ways to prevent the pain and discomfort associated with these types of headaches. Lifestyle changes, such as exercising regularly to reduce tension or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to learn effective coping skills can reduce the frequency of migraines. Conventional treatment options for migraines include:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin, Advil, and Motrin IB
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
- Triptans, including pills, skin patches, and nasal spray
- Ergot alkaloids, such as DHE available as nasal sprays or shots
- Anti-nausea medication
- Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator device (TMS) to lessen pain using magnetic energy
- Cold packs
- Antidepressants, including Elavil, Norpramin, and Tofranil
- High blood pressure medication
- Anti-seizure medications
- Vitamin B2 supplementation
Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Migraines
Several promising studies reveal ketamine infusions can provide relief from a migraine attack by significantly reducing a pain score. A 2016 study published in The Journal of Headache and Pain shows the efficacy of intravenous ketamine for chronic migraine pain, indicating that treatment provided short-term improvement of pain in all patients with refractory chronic migraines who participated in the study.
Patients who experience migraines regularly and those who have become resistant to painkillers and other medications may benefit most from ketamine treatment since ketamine infusion therapy works by a completely different mechanism of action. Ketamine infusions boast a high success rate for patients with stubborn migraines.
Get Treatment for Migraines Today
If you or a loved one suffers from migraines, let us help you improve your quality of life with ketamine infusion therapy. Many patients getting treatment with ketamine enjoy relief without the unwanted side effects of conventional treatments. Call Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles today for your appointment.