Relief from Migraines with Ketamine Treatment
If you suffer from migraines, a severe pain on one side of the head that may be unilateral or bilateral, life can become unbearable. Each attack has the potential to cause unpleasant symptoms like nausea and light sensitivity that can linger for days. According to the American Migraine Foundation, 90% of migraine patients experience disruptions in their schooling, careers, and social lives. These problems get worse with each migraine headache episode. For many people, traditional treatment strategies don’t work, leaving them in agony with dwindling options.
More and more sufferers have been turning to ketamine to help them find relief.
What Are Migraines?
Most migraine sufferers experience episodic migraines, which means they experience fewer than 15 headaches a month. Often, these attacks occur in stages or patterns of attack.
Some people’s migraines start in the prodrome stage a day or two before an attack begins. Symptoms vary, but some sufferers report constipation, frequent yawning, fluid retention, and mood changes.
Auras are often the next stage. Some people experience an aura before a headache begins, while others get a migraine with an aura. Vision loss, pins and needles sensation in the extremities, and weakness and numbness are all associated with auras.
If left untreated, a migraine attack can last from 4 to 72 hours. People often complain of feeling exhausted or perplexed for a day or two after the episode has passed, which is known as the ‘postdrome’ period.
What Causes Migraines?
The mechanisms that trigger migraines are unclear, though experts believe that blood vessel constriction, because of chemical reactions, is involved. Genetics, on the other hand, appear to play a part in some individuals’ sensitivity to these chemical processes, but not in others.
Some individuals are sensitive to certain environmental factors, such as strong odors, bright lights, or weather changes. Other people mention tension, altered sleeping habits, and alcohol and caffeine consumption as triggers; others claim that eating particular foods like aged cheeses or salt, certain medications, or food additives like aspartame and MSG cause their attacks.
How Can Ketamine Treatment Relieve Migraines?
According to recent research, ketamine may be an effective therapeutic in people who have chronic and intractable headaches. Patients taking part in a migraine study rated their initial pain levels on a scale of 1 to 10. Average baseline pain levels were 7.5 when participants arrived. After receiving three-day and seven-day ketamine treatment for migraines, 75% of patients reported a pain score of 3.4 or lower. This therapy worked even better over time, with 40% of participants still experiencing alleviation 30 and even 100 days after completing treatment.
Taking ketamine for chronic pain may have several advantages for migraine sufferers. Unlike other pain medications, ketamine hasn’t been shown to reduce blood pressure. It may target N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain, which means it may work to relieve symptoms even if traditional painkillers don’t. It may also relieve the symptoms of depression, which are common among those suffering from chronic or intractable migraines.
At Better U, we believe in the power of integration. After each treatment session, we provide our patients with guidance and tools to help them fully integrate their ketamine experience. Ultimately, we strive to treat more than just pain and symptoms. We help patients ease mood problems associated with migraines, promoting a healthier lifestyle that is essential for long-term migraine relief.
Start Your Ketamine Journey with Better U
Better U is a leader in oral ketamine therapy and self-healing. We’ve developed robust at-home ketamine therapy protocols to increase access to psychedelic therapy and to provide affordable, convenient options for patients. If you suffer chronic, intractable migraines, you may be a candidate.
Start today with our intake questionnaire to speak with one of our trained clinicians. You don’t have to suffer in silence. Help for your chronic migraine headaches is only a few clicks away.