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3 Treatments for Chronic Migraines

More than 38 million Americans experience migraine headaches, and for 4 million of that number, these headaches are chronic. Chronic migraines have the power to diminish your quality of life, affect your performance at work or school, and more. 

Migraines are notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. But, at Ketamine Integrative Medicine, Annette Lusko, DO, and our team are committed to helping you find relief from chronic migraine pain.

We’re proud to offer our patients alternative treatments that work. If traditional methods haven't helped you, or if you want to avoid them, alternative treatments may be able to give you the relief you need. Osteopathic manipulation, ketamine infusion therapy, and trigger-avoidance strategies have helped many people get relief from migraine attacks and pain.

Identifying and avoiding triggers

Although migraine pain can strike suddenly, most migraines are caused by a specific trigger. One of the best ways to treat chronic migraines is to identify your triggers and make lifestyle changes to avoid them as much as possible.

Try keeping notes about the attacks you experience. Make a note of the day, time, duration, intensity, and other points about each attack. We’ll review these notes with you to help identify potential triggers.

Some common migraine triggers include:

Whenever possible, try to avoid triggers to reduce your migraine attacks. However, we know that avoiding triggers isn’t always possible. For example, women who get migraines at a certain time in their menstrual cycle due to hormonal changes will likely experience them each month. In these cases, medication or other therapies to minimize the intensity or duration can help.

Osteopathic manipulations

Dr. Lusko also offers osteopathic manipulative therapy for chronic migraine sufferers. Osteopathy is a field of manual medicine that involves physical adjustments to the body to improve health. Osteopathic manipulative therapy could mean fewer or less severe attacks.

Using noninvasive manipulations, Dr. Lusko releases tension in your body. Based on your headache symptoms and needs, she may recommend a series of osteopathic treatments focused on your shoulders, neck, head, or jaw.

Ketamine infusion therapy

Ketamine therapy can be an effective treatment for people who haven’t achieved adequate migraine relief through other means. Ketamine is a drug with aesthetic qualities, and it’s often used to treat treatment-resistant depression

Ketamine shows promise as an answer to chronic migraine pain. In one study, 3 of 4 migraine patients reported that a ketamine infusion treatment eased their pain intensity once the trial was complete.

If you’re interested in ketamine therapy to treat chronic migraines, Dr. Lusko will develop a therapy plan that’s right for you. Most people benefit from a series of ketamine infusion sessions that last about 3-5 hours each.

Getting an infusion is a relaxing experience. You’ll sit comfortably, and you may notice tingling or mild hallucinations during treatment. Any side effects will fade shortly after the infusion ends, and you may be able to enjoy life with fewer, less intense migraines.

You don’t have to settle for migraine treatments that aren’t working. If migraine pain is interfering with your quality of life, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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