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Migraine Headaches

Ketamine for Migraine Treatment

Ketamine for migraine headaches in michigan

At Thrive Center for Health, we are proud to offer the latest in mental health treatment options. In addition to high levels of safety standards and patient care, Thrive Center for Health utilizes ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of migraines as well as other chronic pain disorders like fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, and CRPS.

Our mission statement at Thrive Center for Health is to provide personalized, high-quality management options for people struggling with treatment-resistant conditions. Ketamine infusions have proven to be a powerful and rapid treatment for migraines and other chronic pain conditions.

Why Ketamine?

With traditional migraine treatments, it can sometimes take weeks or even months before symptom relief is experienced. Ketamine is an inspiring treatment option because in some cases it can provide relief from symptoms within days or even hours.

Ketamine for chronic pain offers fast and efficient relief from the symptoms of migraines, with up to 75% of patients reporting a positive response to just a single ketamine infusion.

How Does Ketamine Help With Migraines?

The exact mechanism that leads to ketamine treating the symptoms of migraines is still not entirely understood by research. It is hypothesized that it produces an antidepressant effect via targeting the NMDA receptors inside the brain. By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons.

Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors. Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity — essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.

If you are looking for a new migraine treatment in Grand Rapids, MI schedule a free consultation with us at Thrive Center for Health today!

What Are Migraines?

A migraine is a neurological condition that presents as a very severe form of headache, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to both light and sound. They often occur on one side of the head, and can cause intense headaches that involve throbbing pain or pulsing sensation that can last hours. 

Some people experience warning signs that indicate a migraine may be developing, like: 

  • Blind spots in their vision
  • Flashing lights
  • Impaired speech
  • Tingling in the extremities or one side of the face
  • Nausea and vomiting

What Are The Symptoms of Migraines?

According to the Mayo Clinic, migraine symptoms take place over the course of four stages–the prodrome, aura, Attack, and post-drome:


Occasionally, warning signs will signal a migraine attack as early as a day or two ahead of time. These signs can look like: 

  • Food cravings
  • Neck stiffness
  • Constipation or difficulty with a bowel movement
  • Depression, euphoria, or other mood changes 
  • Increased thirst or feeling like you need to urinate
  • Repeated yawning


Auras are a warning of sorts, also known as revocable indicators of the nervous system. Mostly visual, they may include other disruptions. The symptom starts gradually, builds for several minutes, and persists for 20 minutes to an hour. Here are some examples of migraine auras:

  • Visual cues – seeing bright spots, shapes, flashes of light
  • Temporary loss of vision
  • Tingling sensations in leg or arm 
  • Numbness or weakness in one side of the body or the face 
  • Trouble speaking either words or whole sentences
  • Hearing music or noises 
  • Unruly jerking or wild movements


The migraine attack itself lasts anywhere from four hours to three days if untreated, but the duration varies based on each person. Migraines might happen rarely or occur many times a month. With a migraine, you may experience:

  • Excruciating pain on one or both sides of your head
  • Ache that pulses or throbs 
  • Sensitivity to sound, light, sometimes touch and smell 
  • Sickness and vomiting


People often report feeling exhausted, bewildered, and wiped out for a whole day following a migraine attack. Abrupt head movement can cause the pain to resurface. 

How To Manage Migraines

Migraines are a form of chronic pain. Though there is no known cure, there are ways to treat the symptoms and make the attack more manageable/help keep future attacks at bay. 

Some ways to manage/keep track of migraines:

  • Retreat to a calming environment. Turn off the lights; apply heat or cold packs to affected areas; take a warm shower; drink something with caffeine.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Set a regular sleep schedule; find a way to relax at the end of the day; reduce distractions like the television or cell phones; don’t force yourself to sleep; make sure your medicines don’t interfere with sleep.
  • Check your meal plan. Eat the same times daily; eat as scheduled; track the foods you eat and record triggers that may cause a migraine.
  • Exercise regularly, as healthy weight and physical activity may release chemicals to block pain signals to the brain.
  • Manage stress and keep a migraine diary.

Medications play a vital part, but they don’t work for everyone. That’s where IV ketamine comes in. Ketamine is an inspiring treatment option because in some cases it can provide relief from symptoms within days or even hours.

Ketamine for chronic pain offers fast and efficient relief from the symptoms of migraines, with up to 75% of patients reporting a positive response to just a single ketamine infusion.

Is Ketamine The Solution For Your Migraines?

Woman happy after ketamine treatment for migraine in michigan

Request Your Free Phone Consultation Today


If you or a loved one is struggling with migraine headaches, and other treatment methods have failed to provide relief, then ketamine may be a viable treatment option for you. Contact us today to learn more about our ketamine infusions for migraine headaches.

Our free consultations are provided by a registered nurse. If you are looking to move forward with treatment, you will need to undergo a provider-based consultation that does come at a fee.

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