Using Ketamine for Migraine Treatment
A migraines are powerful headaches that can affect the quality of your life. This type of headache is considered a neurological condition which typically occurs with a variety of symptoms including throbbing pain—usually on one side of the head, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, eye pain. Other symptoms might be visual disturbances and extreme sensitivity to light, sound, touch and smell.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are a serious health problem with 12 percent of the U.S. population suffering from them. This type of headache is most common between the ages of 18 and 44 and with a strong genetic component (about 90 percent of sufferers having a family history of migraine).
The Mayo Clinic mentions that a typical migraine attack can last for hours to days, and can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities.
How is a Migraine Diagnosed?
If you are getting migraine headaches on a regular basis, there are a few things you should do before scheduling an appointment with your primary healthcare provider.
Keep a record of things like:
- How often do your headaches happen
- What are your symptoms
- What is the frequency and severity of your pain
- Do the headaches affect your quality of life
- Do you have a family history of headaches
- Are there certain foods you think might be triggering the headaches
While there is no specific test to determine if you have migraines, your healthcare professional can run tests to rule out other possible causes of the headaches.
For example, MRI and CAT scans can rule out a more serious illness.Your doctor can also offer options for treatments on how to manage your headache pain when you get a migraine and what triggers to avoid to potentially avoid a migraine in the first place.
Is a Migraine the Same as a Tension Headache?
Web MD mentions that tension headaches are the most common with up to 80 percent of Americans suffering from them at some point. Tension headaches may disappear within a few hours or last all day. Migraine headaches aren’t as common but they can be much more debilitating and typically last between 4 and 72 hours.
A tension headache is normally stress-related while migraines may be related to changes in blood flow to certain areas of the brain. Migraines have a throbbing quality, while the pain associated with tension-type headaches tends to be more chronic and steady.
What is the Best Cure for Migraine?
Common over-the-counter (OTC ) and prescription pain-relieving drugs treatment used to treat migraine pain include:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Naproxen (Aleve)
- Anti-nausea drugs
- Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) blocking medications
The problem with many of these medications is that overuse can also cause headaches. The Migraine Trust says, “People who use acute pain-relief medicine more than two or three times a week or more than 10 days out of the month can set off a cycle called ‘medication-overuse headaches’ (MOH).”
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What are Home Remedies for Migraines?
If you suffer from migraines it’s recommended you avoid common foods that may trigger an attack. Keep a food diary of what you eat and drink—you may find that certain foods like red wine, cured meats, aged cheese, peanut butter, dairy products or citrus trigger an attack.
Adding more magnesium to your diet can also help prevent a migraine from occurring in the first place. Magnesium is found in dark leafy green vegetables, whole grain,s and nuts. Vitamin B12 is another nutrient that can help prevent migraines. B12 can be taken either as a pill or found in foods like milk, cheese, fish and chicken.
A few home remedy solutions to bring relief to migraine symptoms, or prevent an attack from happening include:
- Turning off the lights
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Wearing sunglasses or transition lenses, even when indoors
- Drinking a beverage such as coffee or black tea that has caffeine, but don’t go overboard as too much caffeine can cause withdrawal headaches
- Applying cold compresses to your head or neck to reduce the flow of blood
- Resting in a dark and quiet room—turn off all electronic devices and use blackout curtains to block out the light
- Getting a good nights’ sleep but not sleeping too much
- Managing stress
- Exercising / yoga
- Aromatherapy—certain scents like lavender may lower anxiety
- Herbal remedies
What Painkiller is Best for Migraine?
Many OTC medicines are available in a migraine formula which contains the pain-reliever plus additional ingredients. For example Bayer Migraine Formula and Excedrin Migraine both contain aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine.
Preventive treatment medications such as blood pressure-lowering meds, botox injections, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs may help prevent a migraine from happening in the first place.
The triptan family of pain relievers are still the gold standard for migraine treatment, though they don’t work for everyone, and for a small percentage of migraine sufferers, they can have side effects.
There is current research using trigeminal nerve stimulation and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) treatment for migraine headaches. In 2018, the FDA approved the use of a non-invasive VNS device for the treatment of migraine attacks and episodic cluster headaches.
Ketamine infusion therapy and nasal spray is also being used by clinicians as a therapy to treat migraine pain.
Migraine Research Foundation. Migraine Facts. Retrieved from: https://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/
Mayo Clinic. Migraine. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20360201
Web MD. Tension Headache vs. Migraine: How to Tell the Difference. Retrieved from: https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/migraine-vs-tension-headache#1
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