Migraines are one of the most painful headaches you can experience and without treatment, they can disrupt your life for up to three days. If you need relief from the pain, ketamine infusion therapy may be the answer. Ken Adolph, MD, and the advanced infusion providers at Illumma in Austin, Texas, specialize in ketamine therapy. Ketamine often delivers rapid results and it works even if your migraines haven’t improved after trying other medications. To schedule a free consultation, call the office or use the online booking system today.
Migraines begin when something triggers a cranial nerve. The nerve sends a wave of electrical activity into your brain. Then, your brain releases substances that affect blood vessels and cause nerve inflammation. The result is an agonizing and long-lasting migraine headache.
Many things can serve as triggers. A few of the most common include stress, caffeine, lack of sleep, skipping a meal, and weather changes.
Migraines can go through four stages, but most people don’t experience all of them. The first stage occurs if you notice changes like food cravings in the days leading up to the migraine.
The second stage, aura, affects about one-third of patients. They experience things like seeing flashes of light or having uncontrollable muscle movements shortly before the headache begins.
The third stage is the migraine attack. The symptoms of a migraine include:
Without medication, migraines last at least four hours and can continue for up to 72 hours. After the pain ends, some people experience the fourth stage, continuing to have symptoms like fatigue.
Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that’s frequently used during surgery. When you receive a small, subanesthetic dose, ketamine can dramatically relieve your migraine pain.
The medication works by blocking receptors that transmit pain signals. It also changes the way your brain processes pain, resetting your body’s reactions to pain.
Ketamine is infused through an intravenous line. During your treatment, the team’s advanced infusion providers are always nearby, ready to help should you need anything or develop any side effects.
Ketamine is safe and well-tolerated. Some people may feel detached from their surroundings or develop nausea, vomiting, or fatigue.
One infusion session takes two hours, but you’ll be in the office for three hours. Your results last longer when you have a series of infusions. The typical treatment includes six infusions over 2-4 weeks.
If you’re interested in a ketamine infusion, the first step is to schedule a consultation. Your Illumma provider evaluates your medical history and symptoms and determines the best treatment schedule for you.
To schedule a free consultation, call Illumma or book an appointment online today.