Battling the pain and debilitating nature of a migraine headache changes your quality of life. Migraine pain makes it difficult to go about your daily activities and may render you unable to enjoy the things you like to do. Dr. Douglas Kornreich utilizes Ketamine infusion therapy at KetaMed Health & Wellness in Rye Brook, New York, to relieve the pain associated with migraines and other headache types. If you’ve been experiencing frequent or severe headaches, contact Dr. Kornreich’s office today to schedule your appointment.
Specific changes in the brain cause migraines and certain other types of headaches. An imbalance of brain chemicals, especially serotonin, may also be to blame for the development of migraines. Migraines cause severe, throbbing or pulsating head pain, usually on one side of the head.
Migraine attacks can last for several hours to several days, causing a debilitating level of pain. Often developing in childhood or early adulthood, migraines may be caused by several factors including:
Those with a family history of migraine headaches may be more prone to the condition.
Some migraine sufferers receive a warning before the onset of an attack, known as aura. These can be flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling on one side of the face or in an arm or leg.
Migraine symptoms may include:
Sudden onset, severe headache pain may indicate more severe issues and requires emergency medical intervention.
Often, migraine sufferers will experience complications trying to treat the throbbing head pain. Abdominal issues, such as ulcers and abdominal bleeding or pain, are caused by taking over-the-counter pain relievers too frequently or in high dosages.
Migraine sufferers may also develop medication-overuse headaches when they take medications more than 10 days in a month for three months. Overusing medications results in a lack of pain relief and the development of overuse headaches.
Open-label studies in the official journal of the American Pain Society indicate that hundreds of patients experiencing migraines, cluster headaches, and other chronic headache types have safely received Ketamine infusions in an outpatient clinic setting, resulting in effective pain relief.
The risk for Ketamine addiction is much lower compared to when opioids or narcotics are used to treat migraines. Ketamine is increasingly being used as an effective resource in pain management.