How Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Treat Migraines?

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How Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Treat Migraines?

Migraines are a common and often debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. These severe forms of headaches are typically characterized by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. While migraines can become overwhelming when left untreated, there are many symptoms management options available, such as ketamine infusion therapy.

The history of migraines

Migraines have been recognized as a medical condition for centuries, with descriptions of symptoms resembling migraines dating back to ancient civilizations. The Greek physician, Hippocrates, wrote about “hemicrania,” which translates to “half the head,” describing a painful headache on one side of the head. Throughout history, migraines have been linked to various causes such as supernatural beliefs, imbalances in the four humors, and more recently, changes in the blood vessels in the brain. In the 19th and 20th century, scientists and doctors have made significant strides in understanding the biological mechanisms of migraines, leading to the development of various treatment options available today.

Traditional treatment options

Traditionally, migraines have been treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, triptans, and anti-inflammatory drugs. However, these medications do not work for everyone, and some people may experience side effects or have contraindications to these drugs. Additionally, these medications do not address the underlying cause of migraines, they only aim to reduce symptoms.

How does ketamine work?

Ketamine is a medication that has been used for decades as an anesthetic in medical procedures, and recent research has shown that it also has powerful therapeutic effects when used in a controlled setting, under the guidance of a trained professional. Ketamine interacts with specific receptors in the brain, such as the NMDA receptors. This leads to a reduction in inflammation and changes in the way that pain is perceived by the brain, which can reduce symptoms of migraines.

What to expect during a ketamine infusion therapy session

During a ketamine infusion therapy session, the patient will be monitored by a trained professional while receiving the medication through an IV. Each session usually lasts between 45-90 minutes, with patients receiving several sessions over a period of time. The number of sessions and the duration of treatment will vary depending on the individual’s needs.

Safety concerns

Ketamine infusion therapy is a safe and effective treatment option when administered by trained professionals in a controlled setting. While as with any medication there may be potential side effects, such as confusion, hallucinations, or high blood pressure, these are typically mild and short-lived. The benefits of ketamine infusion therapy have been shown to outweigh potential risks. The potential side effects of ketamine infusion therapy are minimal, especially when compared to the debilitating effects of chronic conditions that ketamine is used to treat.

Where to receive ketamine therapy

When considering ketamine infusion therapy, it’s important to find a provider with the training and expertise to administer the medication and safely provide compassionate care. Elevate Infusion Therapy offers a team of highly trained providers and comprehensive, safe, and effective ketamine treatment options. They are the best choice for those seeking ketamine infusion therapy for migraines.

At Elevate Infusion Therapy, we understand how debilitating migraines can be and how it can affect the quality of your life. We strive to provide our patients with the best care possible and alleviate migraines’ symptoms by utilizing ketamine infusion therapy. To schedule an appointment and learn more about how ketamine infusion therapy can help with migraines, please contact Elevate Infusion Therapy today.

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