How Ketamine helps treat Migraine Headaches
Looking for treatment for migraine headaches in Los Angeles? According to research that came forth at the Anesthesiology Annual Meeting of 2017, ketamine improved pain scores in patients with migraines and other refractory headaches.
It also showed that an incredible 77% of patients experienced migraine relief immediately following a ketamine infusion, with 40% of those patients experiencing long term results. Side effects and adverse events were minimal and mild.
Almost 49 million people in the United States suffer from severe to refractory forms of migraine or other forms of chronic headaches. Worldwide, this number exceeds more than a total of 1 billion people. More han 90% of people suffering from migraines are unable to work normally during their headaches. Consequently, healthcare cost and productivity loss costs are approximated to be almost as high as $36 billion annually. It has also been noted that migraines affect women almost 3 times more than men, and most people suffering from migraines are between the ages of 35-45.
Benefits of Ketamine for Migraine Headaches
There are many different symptoms of Migraines that typically include headaches with a severe pulsating pain. These painful symptoms usually last from 2-72 hours, but some patients do not get relief from pain for days or even weeks. People suffering from migraines can also have associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and smell, depression or anxiety.
About 1/3rd of patients with migraine headaches experience a short period of visual disturbance that signals the onset of pain, called an aura. It is still unclear as to what causes migraines and chronic headaches, but a mixture of genetic and environmental factors are commonly believed to be the cause. Roughly 2/3rd of cases are genetic. Hormones may also play a role in migraine headaches.
Take Your First Step Forward
Migraine treatment is pretty complex due to various symptoms and how they respond to different treatment modalities. Traditional migraine treatments focus on avoidance of triggers, resting in a quiet and dim room, and meditation. Medicines used for migraine treatment include over-the-counter opioids such as ibuprofen and Tylenol, or prescription medicines such as triptans or ergotamines.
Recent research focused on ketamine infusions for the treatment of migraines and chronic headaches shows that Ketamine can be a powerful treatment plan for migraines and can help offset migraine auras and their symptoms effectively.
Ketamine is a NMDA antagonist, which means it blocks pain pathways. NMDA stands for N-methyl-D-aspartate, which perpetuates pain in the central nervous system of your spinal cord and your brain. Those who have not successfully responded to nerve blocks or medications often benefit the most from Ketamine infusion therapy.
In addition, ketamine also appears to reduce the activity of glutamate, which is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. The research results have shown that ketamine infusions for the treatment of migraines and other types of chronic headaches have been pretty impressive. In one study, over 92% of patients with migraines reported greater than 50% reduction in pain. Patients with cluster headaches reported complete resolution of their pain. And for patients with non-specific headache and facial pain, over 80% reported significant or complete resolution of their pain. Due to study results like these, the use of ketamine infusions has become a promising new tool for the treatment of migraines, and providing migraine relief.
At our Beverly Hills treatment center, we provide a full analysis of your migraine stages and suggest the best Ketamine IV treatment plan for your condition.
If you or a loved one is suffering from migraines or chronic headaches, and are looking for an alternative to taking opioid drugs, please give us a call at (424) 332-5550 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how ketamine can help you treat your pain and give you a new lease on life. You don’t have to “just live with your pain” any longer. We would like to invite you to get treatment for migraines in Los Angeles at our Beverly Hills location.
More Commonly Asked Questions
HOW MANY PEOPLE SUFFER FROM MIGRAINE HEADACHES?
Migraines can be episodic or chronic. A typical episodic migraine (EM) can linger for hours. According to an American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) study, 17.1 percent of American women and 5.6 percent of American men have episodic migraines, which are much more common than chronic migraines. Some people who experience episodic migraines will eventually develop chronic migraines, but not all. Only 1.3 percent of American women and 0.5 percent of American men experience chronic migraines.
HOW DOES KETAMINE WORK?
Ketamine works unlike any other medicine. It is an NMDA antagonist, which means it blocks pain pathways and reboots functions by “re-setting” nerves and triggers growth of neural pathways. In addition, ketamine also appears to reduce the activity of glutamate, which is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain and a very powerful anti-inflammatory medicine. Therefore, it helps with both of the main types of pain (nerve pain and inflammatory pain) and has shown great success in the treatment of migraines, depression, anxiety, PTSD and mood disorders.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
During your ketamine infusions, we will monitor your treatment process carefully in order to minimize the chances of any side effects. You might feel tired or slightly disconnected with your surroundings. For most patients, this dissociation effect is what helps with your treatment and provides a positive response to your ketamine treatment. It is not unusual to develop nausea, a common but self-limited side effect of Ketamine. However, if you do become nauseated, we can control that by adding Zofran to your treatment, which is an anti-nausea medicine that is used in hospitals and ERs throughout the world.
This is all a normal part of the treatment and you will always be in a safe environment with staff to supervise you and be available to you at all times.
IS A REFERRAL REQUIRED FOR KETAMINE THERAPY?
No, a referral is not required. One of our doctors will talk to you and evaluate whether the treatment would be appropriate for you. Based on your medical history and medication list, the medical director will also determine if there are any medical reasons why ketamine treatment is not recommended. Please contact us with questions.
DOES SOMEBODY NEED TO COME WITH ME FOR MY TREATMENT?
It is not necessary for someone to accompany you to the treatment. You do need to arrange for transportation home afterwards, either a ride, public transportation, Uber/Lyft or walking. It is imperative that you not drive a car or bike until the next morning.
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS OF TREATMENT?
Pacific Ketamine Institute uses MoodMonitor– a secure, reliable, easy-to-use reporting and monitoring tool – that helps us ensure the best possible outcomes for our IV ketamine treatment patients.
Multiple studies have shown that frequent evaluations of a patient’s symptoms during the course of ketamine treatment improve long-term outcomes.
HOW SOON WILL I NOTICE IMPROVEMENT?
Unlike most traditional drugs, effects of ketamine are almost immediate. Most of our patients notice improvement as soon as 3-4 hours after their first ketamine session. Many patients see an immediate effect while they are having their treatment.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER THIS?
You will have to consult your insurance company for this. You can learn more about insurance coverage and ketamine treatments here.
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