Chronic Migraines

Chronic Migraines services offered in Stamford and Westport, CT

Chronic Migraines

As the second-leading cause of disability in the world, chronic migraines can diminish your quality of life and are challenging to treat. Peter McAllister, MD, FAAN, and the team at Ki_Ketamine in Stamford and Wesport, Connecticut, provide Ketamine infusions as a novel treatment for chronic migraine. To explore the benefits and find out if you’re a candidate, call Ki_Ketamine or request an appointment online today.

Chronic Migraines Q & A

What are chronic migraines?

A migraine is a neurological disorder that some consider to be a type of headache. Some people experience occasional migraines, while others never experience them at all. If you experience migraines more than half of your days for three months or longer, you have chronic migraines. 

Migraines can cause a wide range of symptoms before, during, and after the attack. The pre-migraine phase is called prodrome, and it happens when you can sense subtle signs a migraine is coming. Migraines with sensory disturbances are called migraines with aura – their symptoms can include visual disturbances, numbness, and weakness. 

Classic migraine symptoms include:

  • Pulsing pain on one side of your head
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Light and sound sensitivity 
  • Fatigue

The pain of a migraine can be intense and debilitating, causing you to miss work, school, activities, and quality time. You might also experience lingering symptoms after your migraine, which some might describe as a “migraine hangover.”

What causes chronic migraines?

Experts continue to explore the underlying causes of chronic migraines as they aren’t yet well understood. Migraines appear to be genetic, which means they run in families. 

A few possible causes and contributing factors of migraines are:

  • Brain chemistry fluctuations
  • Electrical disturbances in the brain
  • Widening or narrowing blood vessels in the brain
  • Malfunctions of pain-processing areas of the brain

A few factors can intensify your migraines, including prior head injuries like concussions, sleep disorders, depression, and anxiety. 

How does Ketamine treat chronic migraines?

Ki_Ketamine specializes in one-on-one Ketamine infusions to treat chronic migraines. With regular infusions, you can experience fewer migraine days and a better quality of life. During Ketamine infusions, the team at Ki_Ketamine observes you closely as low-dose Ketamine enters your bloodstream through an IV drip. 

Ketamine acts on several receptors in your brain to regulate pain signals and reduce pain. This drives your brain to heal and create new communication pathways. The infusions also reduce inflammation signals throughout your body. Ketamine works best for people with chronic migraine who have not found lasting relief from other therapies. 

To find out if Ketamine infusions can alleviate your chronic migraines, call Ki_Ketamine or request an appointment online today.