Migraine headaches can be incredibly debilitating. They can cause nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. For some people, they are so bad that they can’t even function normally during a migraine episode. If you suffer from migraines, you know how important it is to find a treatment that works fast and effectively. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of IV infusion therapy for treating migraines.
What is a migraine and how is it different from a headache?
If you frequently get migraines, you know very well what they are and you can skip this section. However if you are unsure whether your headache is a migraine or not, you may want to read through this section.
Migraines are a type of headache that can be incredibly disabling. They are characterized by severe throbbing pain on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can last for hours or even days, and they can significantly reduce your quality of life.
Migraines are different from other types of headaches in a few ways. First, migraines are typically accompanied by other symptoms like visual disturbances, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, and sensitivity to light or sound. Second, migraines usually last longer than other types of headaches. Third, migraine headaches are more likely to be disabling than other types of headaches. Finally, migraines are usually more intense than other types of headaches.
What is IV infusion therapy and how does it work?
IV (intravenous) infusion therapy is when a doctor or nurse injects medicine directly into your veins through an IV drip. This is accomplished by first placing an intravenous (IV) catheter into your arm or hand. Many people associate this type of therapy with inpatient hospital care since having an IV catheter placed is part of being admitted to a hospital and/or emergency room.
IV infusion therapy can also be provided as an outpatient service. When provided on an outpatient basis, the treatment is completed in a relaxing lounge area and only takes about 45-60 minutes. During the treatment, the medicine is delivered directly to your bloodstream, so it goes to work immediately.
It’s a very effective way to treat migraines, and it’s been shown to be more effective than traditional oral medications. This is because IV therapy allows medications to bypass the digestive system, meaning that no medication is lost during the digestive process. Plus, IV infusion therapy is often more effective than oral medications because the dosage of medication that can be delivered through an IV drip is much larger than the amount you would get from a pill.
How does IV infusion therapy work for migraine relief?
IV infusion therapy works by targeting several different processes in the body at once, and this makes it very effective for migraine relief. For starters, IV infusion therapy provides immediate hydration. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of migraines because it can cause low blood pressure, which often leads to headaches. By providing immediate hydration, IV infusion therapy helps prevent or alleviate dehydration-induced migraines.
IV infusion therapy also delivers electrolytes and vitamins directly to the bloodstream. This is important for migraine relief because many people with migraines are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. For example, magnesium deficiency is a common cause of migraines, so providing magnesium through IV infusion therapy can be very helpful in preventing or treating migraines. Not only that, but supplying electrolytes can help alleviate migraines caused by electrolyte imbalance.
IV infusion therapy also delivers medications directly to the bloodstream. The medicine calms the inflammation in the brain that is thought to cause migraines, and it also targets the proteins responsible for overactive nerve endings. Blocking these proteins calms the nerve endings and halts the process that causes migraines. Plus, the large dose of medication that you get through an IV drip can help to stop nausea caused by migraines.
Why should I try IV infusion therapy for my migraines?
If you are suffering from migraines, IV infusion therapy can be a very effective treatment. It works quickly and effectively, so you’ll feel relief within minutes of starting your treatment. Plus, it can help to prevent future migraine episodes when taken regularly as a maintenance treatment. If you have tried other treatments for migraine headaches without success, IV infusion therapy is worth trying.
IV infusion therapy is also ideal for individuals who suffer from secondary headaches caused by their migraine medications. If you are taking medications for your migraines and are still experiencing headaches, this could mean that you have what is known as a “medication overuse headache”. This type of headache generally occurs when you are taking strong headache medication 2-3 times a week. Unfortunately, stopping the medication can cause your primary headache to come back, while continuing the medication will allow the secondary headache to continue. Using IV therapy, however, breaks this cycle.
IV infusion therapy is a very effective way to treat migraines, and it’s something that you should consider if you are struggling to find relief from your headaches. This treatment targets several different processes in the body that contribute to migraine pain, and it can provide immediate relief from symptoms. Plus, when taken regularly as a maintenance treatment, it can help to prevent future migraine episodes.
If you’re considering trying IV infusion therapy for your migraines, talk to your doctor or nurse today. They can help you find a provider in your area who offers this treatment and can answer any questions you may have about how it works.
Dr. Kashouty, a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), practices general neurology with fellowship trained specialization in clinical neurophysiology. Dr. Kashouty finds the form and function of the nerves and muscles the most interesting part of neurology, which is what led him to specialize in neurophysiology with more emphasis on neuromuscular conditions. He treats all neurological diseases, but his main focus is to treat and manage headaches, movement disorders and neuromuscular diseases.