Everyone is bound to experience headaches once in a while, but if your headaches occur often and last for 4-72 hours, you may have migraines. These headaches may cause disorientation and severe symptoms that lower the quality of life. While most pain relievers may seem futile, Charlotte migraines ketamine therapy never disappoints. The treatment relieves the symptoms, giving you a chance to enjoy your life.
What is a migraine?
A migraine is a severe headache that manifests as an excruciating pulsing sensation or intense pain. The severe pain may also be accompanied by an abnormal sensitivity to sound and light, nausea, and vomiting. Migraine attacks can persist for about 4-72 hours, and the pain can be extreme, affecting your ability to carry out your daily activities.
Sometimes, you may experience a warning symptom, an aura, before the migraine starts.
The atmosphere may manifest as visual disturbances like blind spots or flashes of light or disorders like difficulty speaking and a tingling sensation on your arm or leg. Lifestyle adjustments and a combination of prescription medications can prevent severe headaches or lessen the pain.
When should you inform your doctor about your headaches?
In most cases, migraines go undiagnosed and unattended. Migraines can occur in individuals of all ages, including children, in four stages: prodrome, aura, attack, and finally, post-drome. A day before your migraine, you may experience the prodrome stage, which causes symptoms like fluid retention, increased urination, constipation, and frequent yawning.
The aura stage may or may not occur. The symptoms in this stage start mild, gradually intensify, and may last for about an hour. The attack stage involves symptoms such as nausea, pain on one side of your head, and extreme sensitivity to sound or light. The final step requires confusion or unexplained elation and sudden movement that may trigger the pain briefly.
If you experience a headache after head trauma, inform your doctor immediately to check for internal injuries. In addition, you may need immediate medical attention if you also experience a chronic headache that worsens with a sudden movement, exertion, or coughing.
What are the migraine triggers?
The medical experts are yet to understand the direct triggers of migraines fully, but they believe environmental factors and genetics may contribute to their development.
Researchers are exploring the effect of serotonin on these painful headaches. Hormone fluctuations in women before and during menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy significantly trigger migraines in women. In addition, hormonal medications like contraceptives may worsen the symptoms. Extreme stress can also trigger persistent headaches. Other factors contributing to headaches include strong smells like paint thinner and perfume, sleep changes, and food additives.
How can your doctor treat migraines?
The Charlotte Ketamine Centre team recommends ketamine therapy for migraine headaches. Medical research shows that ketamine reduces the severity of the symptom of migraines. The experts offer the treatment in a comfortable, quiet professional office to prevent worsening your pain during treatment.
If your migraines affect the quality of your life, call the Charlotte Ketamine Centre office or create an appointment online.