Migraines are one of the most common afflictions across the globe, with more than one billion people worldwide affected. In just the United States, nearly 40 million people suffer from migraines regularly.
Typically, migraines occur on one side of the head. They are intense headaches accompanied by throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation. They can last hours or even days.
At Vancouver Ketamine Infusions, we use ketamine infusion therapy to manage chronic pain conditions like migraines. If you or a loved one is struggling with these symptoms, contact us today to start your journey towards relief.
Ketamine infusions have quickly become one of the most popular treatment options for pain conditions.
Unlike many traditional medications like SSRIs which can take months to start working, ketamine therapy offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.
Occasionally, warning signs will signal a migraine attack as early as a day or two ahead of time. These signs can look like this:
Auras are a warning of sorts, also known as revocable indicators of the nervous system. Primarily visual, they may include other disruptions. The symptom starts gradually, builds for several minutes, and persists for 20 minutes to an hour. Here are some examples of migraine auras:
The migraine attack itself lasts anywhere from four hours to three days if untreated, but the duration varies based on each person. Migraines might happen rarely or occur many times a month. With a migraine, you may experience:
People often report feeling exhausted, bewildered, and wiped out for a whole day following a migraine attack. Abrupt head movement can cause the pain to resurface.
Ketamine functions in several methods to reduce signs of pain and swelling in the body. It accomplishes this by joining specific receptors in the brain known as the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor.
Ketamine blocks out the NMDA receptor and prevents the transmission of external pain signals to the human brain. With extended impediment in the course of ketamine infusion therapy, the brain “restarts” and eliminates translating peripheral stimulation as pain.
As a new treatment option for migraines, ketamine does have a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, disrupted vision, lightheadedness, nausea, or slight anxious feelings after treatment.
Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication utilized for infusion therapy “off-label” use. Off-label use indicates a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops with time.
As a good example, the FDA authorized the medication Prazosin to treat hypertension in 1976, but it is now mainly used to treat nightmares in individuals with PTSD, which was not approved at first.
Our providers at Vancouver Ketamine Infusions will go above and beyond to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Ketamine infusions typically last about an hour for mood disorders, but chronic pain conditions may require a longer infusion time.
Several patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect aids with treatment and helps you provide a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. Our team will monitor you throughout the process and be readily available should you need anything.
Are you ready to take back control of your life? Are you tired of trying one medication after another, only to be left with the same symptoms? If so, ketamine infusion therapy might be the right treatment option for you.
Contact Vancouver Ketamine Infusions today to schedule your consultation and learn how ketamine infusions for migraine treatment can help you find relief.