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If Traditional Medications Haven't Helped Your Migraine Pain, Ketamine Therapy May

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Thirty-nine million adults and children in the United States live with migraines. Migraine headaches are characterized by localized pain on one side of the head, visual disturbances, and sensitivity to light and sound. Some people even suffer nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.


Migraine pain is common, and it can be debilitating, but it’s notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. The causes and triggers of migraines can vary wildly between individuals, which can make it challenging to find a treatment that reliably relieves pain. 


At Ketamine Integrative Medicine, Annette Lusko, DO, and our team offer alternative treatments when traditional medications don’t relieve migraine pain. It’s time to find out if ketamine infusions for migraine pain could be right for you.

When to consider ketamine therapy for migraine pain

Because everyone experiences migraine attacks differently, finding the most effective treatment for headaches often takes trial and error. Most treatment strategies begin by working to identify potential triggers. 


Keep a notebook so you can record when you have migraine attacks, how long they last, and what may have caused them. Implementing lifestyle changes to limit or avoid potential triggers may help reduce the number of migraines you suffer.


Traditional medications for migraines include over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription drugs. Furthermore, certain antidepressants and anti-nausea medications may help. However, if these treatments don’t significantly reduce your migraines or migraine pain, you may want to consider ketamine therapy.


Ketamine is a drug that, when used under physician supervision, can relieve pain associated with migraines. In one study, nearly three out of four migraine sufferers reported that their migraines were less intense, and nearly 40% had relief that lasted up to 100 days after treatment with ketamine. 


At Ketamine Integrative Medicine, we tailor treatment plans to meet our patients’ needs. Our team also offers osteopathic manipulations for patients with chronic migraines. These manipulations can lessen migraine symptoms by eliminating tension in the shoulders, neck, and jaw.

What to expect with ketamine therapy

Ketamine therapy for migraines is delivered in a series of infusions. Each infusion lasts 3-5 hours, and the number of infusions that’s right for you will depend on your migraine symptoms and overall health.


During your infusion, our team will set you up in a comfortable chair. You’ll relax while the infusion takes place. Many patients read, watch TV, or nap.


The side effects of a ketamine infusion can include mild hallucinations and floating or tingling sensations, but they’re generally well-tolerated. After your infusion is complete, our team will monitor you for about an hour. You’ll be free to go home once the observation period is complete, but you’ll need someone to drive you home.


Dr. Lusko generally recommends a series of infusions over a number of days. Once your infusion series is complete, you may have fewer, less intense migraines. Results you achieve with ketamine therapy can last for several months.

To learn more about ketamine therapy and to see if it may be able to treat your migraines, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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