Plano Pain Relief Doctor
The Migraine Institute in Plano, Texas administers IV therapy to help manage chronic migraines. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
What is IV therapy?
Intravenous therapy—or IV therapy—is the infusion of liquid substances directly into a vein. It is commonly referred to as a drip because many systems of administration employ a drip chamber to prevent air from entering the bloodstream while allowing an estimation of flow rate. IV therapy can be used for migraine pain relief typically when other treatments are not working. Treatment is usually administered in a hospital or outpatient family clinic, the latter being less costly, more convenient and more likely to provide a wider variety of medicine.
Different medicines entering the body specialize in duties like reducing pain, lessening nausea and loosening blood vessels to allow them to return to normal size. The doctor chooses the medicine predicted to be most effective for the patient’s type of migraine and its accompanying symptoms:
- IV Antinauseants: Used to combat nausea.
- IV MgSO4: Used for migraines and cluster headaches, and sometimes combined with antinauseants.
- IV steroids: Used for detoxification or to ease pain flare-ups.
- IV Dihydroergotamine (DHE): Used for migraines with the symptom of vertigo.
- IV Valproate sodium: Used for migraines and seizures.
- IV Methocarbamol: Used for migraines with symptoms of muscle spasms.
- IV Lidocaine: Used to combat pain flare-ups and to interrupt the cycle of a migraine.
- IV Propofol: Paired with another type of medicine and used separately as a mild sedative before injecting the other medicine through the IV.
- IV Levetiracetam: Used for refractory migraines, cluster headaches and trigeminal neuralgia.
- IV Tramadol: Used for refractory migraines and pain flare-ups.
- IV Ketamine: Used to decrease the severity of migraines but not clear them.
Before migraine treatment can begin, a diagnoses of migraine must be done. A migraine is an extremely debilitation collection of neurological symptoms that usually includes a severe recurring intense throbbing pain on one of the head. Attacks can last between 4 and 72 hours and are often accompanied by one or more of the following: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. Before diagnosing migraine, serious intracranial pathology must be ruled out. Acute to severe migraine treatment is challenging because of substantial rates of nonresponse to medication and difficulty in predicting individual response to a specific agent or dose.
If you have tried multiple different methods of treating your migraine symptoms, but haven’t been able to find relief, you may want to consider IV therapy. Many people fail to realize that a migraine is a neurological disease just like epilepsy, and should be treated as such. Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room with a headache or migraine, and migraine sufferers visit the emergency room because of the severity of the pain or the fear of unremitting pain. Don’t let your symptoms get to this point! Schedule an Appointment at the Migraine Center, serving the areas of Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen & Carrollton, today.