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Ketamine for Migraines Reduces Pain and Frequency

Updated: Sep 1

Migraine—a severe, throbbing headache often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, and disturbed vision, that can last from hours to days in length—is one of the most common diseases in the world. Many factors can cause migraines including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, lack of sleep, poor diet, neck tension and even genetic dispositions. Some studies predict migraines to impact at least 50 million people in the United States alone. People who suffer from migraines are more likely to miss out on family activities, school and work, and yet many simply endure rather than pursue treatment. “It has been estimated that although a quarter of those with migraine would benefit from a regular, preventative treatment, just over 10% actually use this kind of therapy” (Health Union, 2020). Many people don’t seek out treatment due to lack of guidance, hope and accessibility.



Many migraine sufferers are unaware that there is a fast, safe way to treat migraines. Ketamine therapy for migraines may be right for those who have demonstrated resistance to many common prescriptions. A ketamine study involving 61 patients concluded that “three of four migraine patients reported improvements in their pain intensity at the end of the treatment period” (Curley, 2017). Contrary to opioids, ketamine targets glutamate receptors in the brain rather than opioid receptors. The University of Chicago Medical Center reports, “patients who underwent ketamine infusions over a five-year period reported significant pain reduction. In some cases, they lasted up to three weeks after treatment” (Curley, 2017). It’s no wonder ketamine for migraines is leading the way in holistic wellness.



Not only does ketamine treat mild migraines, ketamine is also being prized in its ability to treat severe and chronic migraine conditions. After only a few treatments of migraines, one woman expressed, “I used to only be able to lay in bed in a dark room and could barely function. Now, after treatments, I feel so much better, and the cycle of pain has been broken. I have gone three weeks without a migraine, after having a migraine almost every day for the last twenty years. I am a happy person now” (Biospace, 2019). Ketamine has been used for half a century as an FDA-approved anesthesia drug, and, more recently, has been successful in treating migraines off-label in a safe and effective manner.



With modern medicine, it is possible to treat migraine headaches fast. People who are resistant to traditional migraine medicines may especially benefit from ketamine. “Most individuals in the U.S. with migraine experience one to two migraine attacks per month; however, those with chronic migraine may have 15 migraine days, or more, per month. Approximately 9 out of every 10 people with migraine cannot function normally during an attack” (Health Union, 2020). Some may treat migraine pain through massage, essential oils and prescriptions, only to be disappointed from the limited benefits. Ketamine infusions can help re-set your brain and get back to enjoying life and spending time with friends and family.


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References

Health Union. (April 21, 2020). Migraine Statistics and Facts. Retrieved from:

https://migraine.com/migraine-statistics/

Curley, B. (November 2, 2017) Can Ketamine Reduce the Pain of Migraines? Retrieved from: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/can-ketamine-reduce-the-pain-of-migraines#1

Biospace. (August 16, 2019). IV Ketamine Infusions Dramatically Improve the Quality of Life for Severe Migraine Patient. Retrieved from:

https://www.biospace.com/article/releases/iv-ketamine-infusions-dramatically-improve-the-quality-of-life-for-severe-migraine-patient/

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