The pain of migraines can bring your life to a screeching halt, and the extreme discomfort can severely affect your work, social life, and sleep.
If this sounds like something you experience, Dr. Jason Yee at Boston Mindcare in Lexington, Massachusetts may have the solution, whether your migraines are episodic or chronic. Dr. Yee and his associates specialize in ketamine infusion therapy for a variety of conditions, including migraines.
What causes a migraine?
Migraines are a neurological disorder characterized by moderate-to-severe pain that usually presents on one side of your head. There is actually no known cause for migraines, but you may have triggers that bring them on such as:
Stress Hormone imbalances Additives in food Changes in the weather Dairy products Alcohol consumption.
If you suffer from regular migraines, you know they can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. This can interrupt your regular activities and work in a major way.
Symptoms you may experience during an acute migraine episode include:
Nausea Vomiting Fatigue Sensitivity to light and/or sound and/or smells Facial pain that may radiate to the jaw
Any of these symptoms can leave you feeling frustrated and helpless.
There is no known cure for chronic migraines (15 or more headache days a month); however there are over-the-counter medications and prescription medications that can help prevent migraines or reduce the severity of the pain when it does hit. If you’ve tried any of these without significant relief, ketamine therapy may be just the answer you’ve been looking for.
How does ketamine reduce migraine pain?
Ketamine is a drug that’s commonly used as an anesthetic due to its sedative effects on your central nervous system. It’s been used effectively outside of its traditional purpose to treat symptoms of depression, along with other chronic conditions such as pain.
To understand how ketamine works to reduce migraine pain, you first have to understand how the drug functions in your brain. Ketamine works by blocking neurotransmitters from reaching the N-methy-D-aspartate receptors (also known as NMDA receptors) and docking with them. These receptors are located throughout your brain and spinal cord and are very important in the development of pain.
Because the transmitters can’t bind, the pain signal can’t be sent, and the person feels a significant decrease in the severity of their pain.
Is ketamine therapy the answer for you?
Why suffer another day with the discomforts of migraines when the answer – ketamine – could be right in front of you? And your safety is our priority. During your infusion, Dr. Yee or one of his associates monitors you to make sure all is going well and that your vital signs stay within a normal range.
In addition to infusions, other options he may suggest are:
Ketamine nasal spray Oral ketamine Intramuscular injection
Ketamine has the potential to effectively relieve even your worst migraines. According to a study done by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, 75% of the 61 people involved in the study reported an improvement in their migraine pain after receiving a ketamine infusion. The subjects in the study were administered ketamine therapy over 3-7 days for migraine symptoms.
You may be wondering about side effects. As with any drug, there’s always a risk that you may experience one or more side effects from the medication. After your ketamine infusion, you may experience effects such as:
Drowsiness Agitation Nausea Hallucinations or delirium Slurred speech Amnesia
The ketamine dose for your migraine treatment is small, though, and not everyone will experience adverse effects. However, it’s good to know about possible side effects for any drug you receive.
If you are ready to explore the option of ketamine therapy to get rid of your pain, call our office at 781-247-5323 or book a consultation online today.