New advances in the treatment of Refractory Chronic Migraine Headache

Refractory Chronic Migraine Headache Ketamine

Migraine headache.  The mere mention of which has been known to provoke anxiety in even the most stoic of individuals. For many of us, migraines are a debilitating malady that haunts our daily lives, often without warning and frequently without relief.  It can have a profound effect on our social, personal, and professional relationships.  

Refractory Chronic Migraine Headache

Approximately 42 million Americans will experience some form of migraine headache during their lifetime and several million of these will go on to develop a debilitating condition known as Refractory Chronic Migraine Headache.  

A migraine is a type of headache that can cause severe throbbing or pulsing pain usually occurring on one side of the head. It can last anywhere from a couple of hours up to a couple of days, and in rare instances even longer.  These may even be triggered by certain sounds, smells, foods, etc., in certain individuals.  Also in some cases, it is preceded by warning symptoms such as a change in vision, taste, and so on.  However, the single unifying factor is that the pain from the headache makes it extremely difficult if not near impossible to perform even the simplest of tasks.  

It is precisely this reason that pharmaceutical companies have spent years developing dozens of medications to both help prevent migraines from occurring or to help stop the pain when they do occur.  And for many individuals, these have been effective treatments.  But what happens when these conventional medications fail us?  Many go on to develop Chronic Migraine Headache, 15 or more attacks in a month.  Or Refractory Migraine Headache, persistent headache that is difficult to treat or fails to respond to standard and/or aggressive treatments. This subgroup of migraine patients are generally highly disabled and experience impaired quality of life, despite optimal treatments.

Ketamine Infusion

Ketamine infusion may be a viable treatment option for preventing and reducing the excruciating and often debilitating pain related to migraines.  Several promising studies reveal ketamine infusions can provide relief from a migraine attack by directly decreasing activation of the hyperactive centers in the brain responsible for the attack.  Those with refractory migraine attacks, not responsive to other therapies, reported significant and sometimes complete relief of symptoms following Ketamine Infusion.  And there are ongoing studies that are showing promising results regarding long term benefit and migraine prevention in Ketamine Infusion patients.

Individuals who experience migraines regularly and those who have become resistant to painkillers and other medications may benefit most from ketamine treatment since Ketamine Infusion therapy works by a completely different mechanism of action.  Ketamine Infusion shows exciting promise as an alternative therapy for those individuals with stubborn migraine headaches.

If you or a loved one suffers from migraines, let us help you improve your quality of life with ketamine Infusion therapy.  Many patients getting treatment with ketamine enjoy relief without the unwanted side effects of conventional treatments.

StriveMD Wellness and Ketamine

At StriveMD Wellness and Ketamine in Chicago and Cincinnati, we also offer intravenous (IV) ketamine infusions to help with depression, anxiety, and a variety of treatment-resistant disorders.  We also focus on vitamin and hydration therapy to help with immunity and wellness that have been compromised from poor mental health.  With a team of physicians board-certified in adult and pediatric anesthesiology, neurology, pediatrics, pain medicine, and functional medicine, we are the most comprehensive team from the nation’s best medical institutions to take care of patients of any age including adolescents and geriatric patients.  We work with your mental health provider to ensure safety and effectiveness of our program. If you or someone has a mental health disease that is worsening, or fighting a chronic medical condition, please call your healthcare provider or go to the emergency room.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at [email protected].  

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