Mauricio Garcia Jacques, MD
Interventional Pain Management & Integrative Physical Medicine located in Houston, TX
Nearly every adult is familiar with the dull pain of a headache. It’s bothersome, and it hurts, but you can typically alleviate it easily with rest and other simple solutions. If your headaches are more severe, they may be migraine headaches. At iACHE in Houston, the pain relief team, led by Garcia Jacques Mauricio, MD, specializes in using ketamine infusions to treat migraines that don’t respond to other treatments. To book your appointment, call the office in the EMG Center, the Galleria, or North Houston, or schedule online today.
Migraine Headaches Q&A
What sets migraine headaches apart from other headaches?
Migraine headaches aren’t your run-of-the-mill headaches from hunger or stress. About 12% of people get them. They come about regularly and often last for days. Migraines cause pain in your head and many other associated symptoms that make it nearly impossible to leave your house or focus on anything while you have one.
Some people who get migraines also get an effect called a prodrome that acts as a warning sign before the migraine sets in. Days before your migraine, you might feel constipated, stiff, thirsty, or tired. Despite this warning sign, there is little you can do to prevent your impending migraine.
What do migraine headaches feel like?
Anyone who has had a migraine will tell you that they’re excruciatingly painful and debilitating. Common symptoms of migraines include:
- Pain on one or both sides of your head
- Throbbing or pulsing pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Light sensitivity
- Sound sensitivity
Many migraine sufferers also get a sensation called an aura during or shortly before a migraine. With an aura, you might see flashes of light or hear music and sounds that aren’t there, feel weak or numb, or get the sensation of pins and needles across your body. You might even completely lose your vision temporarily.
How can I get rid of a migraine headache?
Getting rid of a migraine in the moment is no easy feat. If you recognize a prodrome, you may have a better chance at alleviating your migraine as it sets in. A few things you can try to reduce a migraine in the moment are:
- Turning off the lights
- Laying down to relax
- Drinking caffeine
- Taking nonprescription pain relievers
- Applying hot or cold packs
If your migraine comes after a head injury or includes unusual symptoms, like a fever, you should seek emergency care instead.
How are migraines treated?
If you get migraines frequently, professional treatment at iACHE can help stop them before they occur. The practice offers ketamine infusions to treat recurrent migraines that don’t respond to other medications or procedures.
Migraines are difficult to treat in general, but ketamine, an anesthetic drug, is useful in relieving them. The effects of a ketamine infusion last up to three weeks, and you can get repeated infusions for long-term relief and prevention.
To find lasting relief from your migraines, book an appointment at iACHE by phone or online today.