Innovative Ketamine Infusions for Migraine Treatment in Houston, TX
“The World Health Organization (WHO), migraine headaches as one of the ten most disabling medical illnesses on the planet.”.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), migraine headaches are among the absolute most debilitating health conditions. Astoundingly, the prevalence of the disorder differs from area to area. Research studies have shown that the migraine prevalence is much higher in Europe and also North America and lower in Asia.
At KureIV we are excited to offer ketamine infusions for migraine treatment in Houston, TX. To learn more about ketamine infusions and how they can benefit you, contact us today and request your consultation.
What Is A Migraine?
A migraine is a neurological condition that presents as a very severe form of headache, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to both light and sound.
They often occur on one side of the head and can cause intense headaches that involve throbbing pain or pulsing sensation that can last hours.
Some people experience warning signs that indicate a migraine may be developing, like:
- Blind spots in vision
- Flashing lights
- Impaired speech
- Tingling in the extremities or one side of the face
- Nausea and vomiting
Migraine symptoms take place over the course of four stages–Prodrome, Aura, Attack, and Post-drome. Each of these stages has its own set of symptoms that can make dealing with migraines difficult and life-disrupting.
Occasionally, warning signs will signal a migraine attack as early as a day or two ahead of time. These signs can look like:
- Food cravings
- Neck stiffness
- Constipation or difficulty with a bowel movement
- Depression, euphoria, or other mood changes
- Increased thirst or feeling like you need to urinate
- Repeated yawning
Auras are a warning of sorts, also known as revocable indicators of the nervous system. Mostly visual, they may include other disruptions. The symptom starts gradually, builds for several minutes, and persists for 20 minutes to an hour. Here are some examples of migraine auras:
- Visual cues – seeing bright spots, shapes, flashes of light
- Temporary loss of vision
- Tingling sensations in leg or arm
- Numbness or weakness in one side of the body or the face
- Trouble speaking either words or whole sentences
- Hearing music or noises
- Unruly jerking or wild movements
The migraine attack itself lasts anywhere from four hours to three days if untreated, but the duration varies based on each person. Migraines might happen rarely or occur many times a month. With a migraine, you may experience:
- Excruciating pain on one or both sides of your head
- Ache that pulses or throbs
- Sensitivity to sound, light, sometimes touch and smell
- Sickness and vomiting
People often report feeling exhausted, bewildered, and wiped out for a whole day following a migraine attack. Abrupt head movement can cause the pain to resurface.
Why use Ketamine For Migraines?
With traditional migraine treatments, it can sometimes take weeks or even months before symptom relief is experienced. Ketamine is an inspiring treatment option because in many cases it can provide relief from symptoms within days or even hours.
How Does Ketamine Help With Migraines?
The exact mechanism that leads to ketamine treating the symptoms of migraines is still not entirely understood by research. It is hypothesized that it produces an antidepressant effect via targeting the NMDA receptors inside the brain. By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons.
Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors. Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity — essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.
If you are looking for a new migraine treatment in Houston, TX, schedule a free consultation with us at KureIV today!
- https://thejournalofheadacheandpain.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s10194-016-0700-3 – Intravenous ketamine for subacute treatment of refractory chronic migraine: a case series (November 2016)
- https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/news/20160928/ketamine-may-treat-migraine-chronic-pain – Ketamine May Treat Migraine, Chronic Pain (September 2016)
- https://n.neurology.org/content/55/1/139.short – Aura in some patients with familial hemiplegic migraine can be stopped by intranasal ketamine (July 2000)
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