Ketamine has emerged as a wonder drug for treating a variety of psychiatric disorders and physical conditions. The “wonder” is that ketamine works in situations where countless other treatments have failed. Ketamine is highly effective for the alleviation of treatment-resistant depression, bringing relief that psychotherapy, antidepressants, shock therapy, and holistic depression treatments are unable to provide. It is also a highly effective pain management solution for chronic pain conditions that are difficult to manage, even with heavy doses of opiate painkillers. And now, a new study shows that ketamine infusions offer hope to those suffering from refractory migraine headaches.
Originally published in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine in July 2018, with a follow-up study published more recently, research shows that an incredible 77% of patients experienced migraine relief immediately following a ketamine infusion, with 40% of those patients experiencing sustained results. Side effects and adverse events were minimal and mild. Keep in mind that these patients were suffering from chronic migraine headaches, with very little (if any) relief from traditional migraine headache treatments.
Ketamine for migraine headaches has gained popularity in recent years, and for good reason! Migraine headaches are notoriously difficult to treat. Those who suffer from chronic migraines know how debilitating they can be, causing pain in the head, face and neck, with dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, distorted vision, and irritability as additional manifestations. The availability of ketamine infusions is a true game changer for those who suffer from refractory migraines.
Other migraine treatments that can be performed in tandem with ketamine infusions include:
Dietary changes: eliminate processed foods, or food containing nitrates, chocolate, cheese, dried fruits, cultured dairy products, or MSG. Add magnesium to your diet: almonds, oatmeal, eggs and milk are great sources!
Use essential oils: try inhaling the scent of lavender oil, or rubbing a diluted lavender oil solution to your temples
Acupuncture and acupressure
Take a meditative or restorative yoga class
Pamper yourself with a massage, which is proven to improve stress response and coping skills while decreasing heart rate, anxiety and adrenaline
At our Charlotte area health and wellness center, we offer a full suite of services designed to ease the symptoms of migraine headaches and promote whole body health. From ketamine infusions to acupuncture, yoga, massage, and—coming soon—Boston for migraines. We are a full-service wellness center operated by a team of highly experienced physicians. If you are suffering from migraine headaches, or just need to unwind and relax a little, contact us. We’ll refer you to the wellness services you need to accomplish your health and wellness goals.