Ketamine as an Effective Migraine Treatment Option
A migraine has the ability to cause a pulsing sensation or severe throbbing pain, most commonly on just one side of the head. Individuals living in the Dallas, Plano and Richardson, Texas communities who suffer from these extreme headaches know all too well the nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to sound and light that accompanies an attack. Migraine remedies are very important since attacks can cause disabling pain. Migraine medications can make them less painful or less frequent, but they do not always work in all people. Texas Ketamine Specialists offers ketamine as a migraine treatment as a fast-acting and effective treatment option.
An Overview of Migraines
Migraine attacks cause throbbing severe pain or a pulsing sensation that can last for hours or even days. Certain individuals experience pain on just one side of the head that is so severe it hinders their abilities at home and on the job.
Warning signs of a migraine, known as aura, often include blind spots, flashes of light and tingling on one side of the face or in an arm or leg. Certain individuals may also notice food cravings, frequent yawning, neck stiffness and mood changes one to two days before an attack, known as the prodrome phase. After a migraine, the post-drome phase, individuals often feel drained, confused, weak, moody and dizzy for about 24 hours.
Traditional Migraine Medications and Migraine Remedies
Reoccurring migraines are a major health concern and need to be addressed with migraine medication or other migraine remedies.
There are a number of migraine medications on the market today that fall into two categories – pain-relieving medications and preventative medications. Pain-relieving medications are taken during an attack to lessen the severity and preventative medications are taken on a daily basis to reduce the frequency and intensity of the attacks. Antidepressant medications are one of the most common migraine remedies to help prevent the attacks from occurring.
Much like antidepressants fail to treat depression in certain people, these medications often fail to prevent migraines from becoming a chronic health concern. Clinical researchers and medical professionals continue to show support of ketamine as a migraine treatment when other traditional options fail.
Ketamine as a Migraine Treatment
Ketamine is a medication that is FDA-approved and has been used as an anesthetic agent for many years. In more recent years, medical professionals have found that ketamine offers fast-acting and long-lasting symptom relief from migraines and can also prevent them from reoccurring.
Ketamine as a migraine treatment protocol is similar to that used with clinical depression cases. Patients receive 1-2 infusions, each one lasting about 40 minutes, to see if the treatment is effective. If positive results are reached and migraines become less frequent, a patient will receive additional infusions, as well as maintenance boosters. Many patients report reduced symptoms in only hours or days, with many reporting significant relief in only 1-2 infusions.
To learn more about ketamine as a migraine treatment, or to determine if your current migraine medication is not alleviating attacks, please contact the Dallas, Plano and Richardson, Texas area office of Texas Ketamine Specialists to discuss one of the most innovative migraine remedies available today.