Migraines are a type of recurring headache that may last hours or days. For some people, migraines are a chronic pain condition that affects the quality of life. At Infuse Balance in Hickory, North Carolina, the experienced team of anesthesia specialists offers ketamine infusion therapy to treat migraines. To see how this innovative therapy can help your migraines, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Migraines are a recurring headache that causes an intense pain or throbbing sensation on one side of the head. A migraine headache may last anywhere from three hours to three days.
In addition to the pain, migraines may also cause other symptoms such as sensitivity to light, nausea, or vomiting. Many people with migraines may also have symptoms before and after their head pain.
Though the frequency and severity of migraines vary from person-to-person, for some, migraines are a chronic debilitating pain condition.
Traditional treatment for migraines focuses on symptom relief and prevention. Treatment for migraines may include:
Though treatments may help relieve migraine symptoms and decrease the frequency of the attacks, there’s no cure for migraines.
Researchers are learning that ketamine infusion therapy may help people with migraine headaches that don’t improve with traditional treatments.
The anesthesia specialists determine if ketamine infusion therapy can help your migraines after a consultation. If you have frequent migraine headaches and traditional treatments no longer alleviate your pain, the team may consider you a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.
Ketamine is an N-methyl-D-aspartate, or NMDA, receptor antagonist. The NMDA receptor may play a role in regulating pain sensations.
For migraine sufferers, low-dose ketamine infusion may block the pain-regulating receptors to provide immediate pain relief. At the same time, the neurotransmitters activate new receptors in your brain and spinal cord and change neural pathways that may lead to long-term pain relief.
The Infuse Balance team includes experts in ketamine infusion therapy, and they create personalized treatment plans for migraines. The infusion is an in-office treatment the team conducts under close supervision.
During therapy, you sit and relax in the infusion chair, and your provider inserts an intravenous (IV) line in your arm and starts your infusion. Your provider closely monitors your vital signs and side effects from the ketamine and adjusts your dose as needed.
You remain at the office after your infusion so the team can monitor for post-treatment side effects before they send you home. They recommend arranging to have someone drive you home after ketamine infusion therapy and to take it easy the rest of the day.
Though treatment plans vary, you may benefit from a series of sessions to get the most relief from migraines.
For help with migraines, call Infuse Balance, or book an appointment online today.