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Can Ketamine Infusions Treat Chronic Migraines?

Chronic migraines are a form of chronic pain that can significantly impair a person’s quality of life. It is characterized by recurrent, severe headaches that occur on most days in a month, accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea, sensory disturbances, and extreme sensitivity to light and sounds.

Migraine attacks can last for hours or even days at a time. Unfortunately, traditional treatment options such as over-the-counter pain medication and prescription medications are often ineffective or have unwanted side effects.

However, a growing body of research suggests that ketamine infusions may be an effective treatment for chronic migraines.

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a medication that was originally developed as an anesthetic. It is now commonly used in emergency departments and ambulances as a rapid-acting sedative and pain reliever. In recent years, ketamine has also been explored as a treatment for a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How does ketamine help with migraines?

The exact mechanisms by which ketamine alleviates chronic migraines and other forms of chronic pain is not fully understood. However, it is thought that ketamine may work by inhibiting a specific type of glutamate receptor in the brain, which can help reduce the intensity of pain signals.

Ketamine may also increase pain tolerance by reducing the sensitivity of the brain’s pain centers to pain. This can make the pain more tolerable and reduce the level of impairment.

The efficacy of ketamine in treating chronic migraines

The evidence supporting the use of ketamine infusions for chronic pain has been steadily growing in the past few years. Several studies have shown that ketamine infusions can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of treatment-resistant migraines. In one study published by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, up to 75 percent of the study participants experienced a drastic and sustained reduction in migraine symptoms after receiving a 7-day course of treatment.

This is just one of many studies that support the efficacy of ketamine infusions for the treatment of acute and chronic migraine headaches. However, more research is needed to elucidate how ketamine works and its long-term safety profile.

Is ketamine infusion therapy safe?

Ketamine has a well-established safety profile spanning over 50 years of safe use as an anesthetic and is generally considered safe when administered by a trained healthcare provider.

However, like any medication, it can have side effects. Common side effects of ketamine infusions include dizziness, nausea, and mild hallucinations. These side effects are usually short-lived and subside within a few hours after treatment.

Final thoughts

If you suffer from chronic migraines and traditional treatment options have not been effective, you may want to discuss ketamine infusions with a licensed provider. If the available research is anything to go by, ketamine can potentially help restore normalcy to your life and effectively reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks.

A ketamine provider can help you determine if ketamine infusions are right for you, as well as provide information on potential benefits and complications (if any).

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