Ketamine for Migraine Treatment in Salt Lake City
Overall, 35 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, and 43% of women and 18% of men will experience migraines at some point in their lives (The Migraine Institute).
Fortunately, new treatment options like ketamine infusion therapy for migraines are bringing relief to those who have not had success with other treatment options.
What Causes Migraines?
Exactly what causes migraines is still unknown, but they are thought to result from abnormal activity in the brain which affects the way nerves, chemicals, and blood vessels within the brain communicate. The following factors are known to trigger migraines:
- Hormonal changes, especially in women during menstruation
- Emotional triggers like stress, anxiety, depression, or even excitement
- Not getting enough sleep
- Tension in your shoulder or neck
- Certain medications and sleeping pills
- Flickering screens
- Especially strong smells
- Secondhand smoke
- Loud noises
- Bright lights
What are the types of migraines?
Migraines fall into two distinct categories, usually classified by experiencing disturbances of the senses (known as auras) before the migraine.
Migraines with auras
Auras may appear as a sort of warning that a person is about to experience a migraine. An aura is described as an experience of the following:
- Seeing sparkling or flashing lights
- Seeing zig-zagging lines
- Blind spots in vision
- Pins and needles sensations in arms or legs
- Trouble speaking
- Stiffness in the shoulders and neck
- Unpleasant odors
There are also more serious symptoms that should not be ignored, especially if they are infrequently experienced by the person:
- An abnormally severe headache
- Visual disturbances
- Loss of sensation
To further describe the strange ways aura affects vision, the person affected may see transparent strings of objects or other lights that are not actually there. They may also be missing parts of their field of vision or not seeing objects in front of them. These sensations are sometimes described as similar to being exposed to a bright camera flash up-close.
Migraines without auras
Up to 90 percent of migraines occur without experiencing any aura or sensory disturbance preceding the migraine itself.
What Does Ketamine Treatment Feel Like?
During your migraine treatment in Salt Lake City, we go above and beyond to make sure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions typically last 45-60 minutes for mood disorders, while infusions for chronic pain conditions require a larger dose.
A number of patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. You will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team there to monitor you and be readily available during your infusion.
Does Ketamine Really Work for Migraine Treatment?
Ketamine treatment has the potential to efficiently alleviate even your most severe migraine headaches. According to a research study done by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, 75% of the 61 people included in the study documented an improvement in their migraine pain after being given a ketamine infusion (American Society of Anesthesiologists).
As the leading ketamine treatment provider in Salt Lake City, we look forward to helping our patients get back to enjoying the things they love to do with the people they love.