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Migraines Specialist

Ascend Wellness MBS

Ketamine Infusion Therapy & Anesthesiology located in Minot, ND

Migraines are some of the most painful of all headaches, and certain patients find that nothing helps reduce their frequency or severity. If this sounds familiar, Melinda Howe, APRN, CRNA, at Ascend Wellness MBS in Minot, North Dakota, can help. Melinda uses ketamine infusion therapy to help patients experience fewer and less severe migraines. To find out how you can benefit from treatment at Ascend Wellness MBS, call their office or book an appointment online today.

Migraines Q&A

What are migraines?

Migraines are a particularly severe type of recurring headache. In addition to extreme pain (typically on one side of your head), migraines cause a range of other unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Faintness and dizziness
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Fatigue
  • Visual disturbances

Some people experience auras before or during a migraine that consist of flashing lights, lines in front of the eyes, or other visual disturbances. During a migraine attack, you might be too unwell to do anything except endure the pain, which might last for several hours but could go on for a day or more.

Migraines might infrequently occur, with years in between attacks, or they may strike more often. Some people experience several migraines every week, making it a seriously disabling condition. The exact cause of migraines isn't certain, but you might find that particular triggers set off your migraine attacks, such as red wine, stress, or caffeine.

How are migraines treated?

Treating migraines usually involves taking medication. One type of drug helps to prevent migraines from starting. Another type helps reduce the severity of a migraine attack once it starts. There are numerous types of medications that your primary care or specialist doctor might prescribe for you.

Identifying your triggers and avoiding them, adopting healthy eating and exercise habits, and reducing stress can all help you manage your migraines too. Patients who are experiencing frequent, disabling migraines are also eligible for advanced treatments like neurotoxin injections and ketamine infusion therapy.

What does ketamine infusion therapy for migraines involve?

Ascend Wellness MBS has warm, peaceful, private areas for patients to receive their ketamine infusion therapy in comfort. To help you relax, you can listen to soothing music during your treatment, which takes around an hour.

The ketamine enters your body through an intravenous (IV) line — a plastic pipe or catheter connected to a needle in an arm vein. The ketamine slowly drips into your blood while you rest. Melinda and her team at Ascend Wellness MBS use Caretaker® wireless monitoring to make sure all is well and enable them to treat any side effects should they arise.

A series of ketamine infusion therapy sessions typically produces the best results. Melinda works closely with your primary care provider or pain specialist to ensure you receive the optimal number of ketamine doses as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

To find out how ketamine could relieve your migraines, call Ascend Wellness MBS today, or book an appointment online.