A migraine is a strong headache—often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light—that can last for hours or even days.
IV therapy is an effective alternative to traditional migraine treatments. In this article, we look in more detail at how it can help relieve symptoms of a migraine attack.
What Causes Migraines and Headaches?
A migraine is a headache that causes intense throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It may occur along with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, tiredness, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. The pain can be so severe that it interferes with your regular daily activities.
A migraine attack typically consists of the following four stages:
- Prodrome or preheadache. Early symptoms such as thirst, irritability, tiredness, and cravings for specific foods, indicate the onset of a migraine attack.
- Aura phase. At this stage, migraine symptoms including changes in vision, tingling in the body, and language problems, start to manifest themselves.
- Attack phase. This is the start of a throbbing headache accompanied by light and sound sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, and lightheadedness.
- Postdrome or migraine hangover. At this stage, you may experience the lingering effects of the migraine such as extreme tiredness, brain fog, and body aches.
The exact cause of migraines is unknown. However, scientists believe that they may result from abnormal brain activity that affects nerve signals. Current research suggests that migraine pain is provoked by waves of activity by brain cells that trigger serotonin and other chemicals to narrow blood vessels, causing a headache.
The American Migraine Foundation estimates that about 12% of Americans suffer from migraines. Women are about three times more likely than men to experience migraine attacks. Anyone, including children, can develop migraines but they are more common in people who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Genetics also plays a significant role in migraine occurrence. An estimated 60% of people who suffer from migraines have at least one family member who also has them. Migraines can be triggered by a range of environmental, physical, and emotional factors:
- Certain foods, for example, chocolate, cheese, and citrus fruit, foods containing tyramine like cured meats, yeast extracts, and smoked fish, as well as caffeine and alcohol
- Medications, particularly hormone replacement therapy and sleeping pills
- Physical causes, including lack of sleep, physical tension, poor posture, jet lag, and overexertion.
- Emotional causes like shock, stress, depression, and anxiety
- Environmental factors such as bright light and loud noises, changes in climate, and smoking.
Read on to find out how intravenous therapy can help ease your migraine symptoms.
How IV Therapy Can Help Your Migraine
IV therapy is a reliable, easy, and effective way to ease headaches and migraines. Intravenous solutions completely bypass the digestive system and are delivered directly into your bloodstream for fast and full absorption. This means that you will start feeling better almost immediately after your treatment.
IV therapy provides many other benefits in addition to migraine relief, such as increased energy levels, as well as boosting your mood and promoting relaxation.
The Reset IV migraine package is specifically designed for people experiencing migraines. Our IV infusions contain all the vitamins, electrolytes, antioxidants, and hydrating fluids that your body needs to counteract your symptoms.
Our migraine packages include the following ingredients:
- Normal saline. A mixture of water and sodium chloride replenishes the fluids necessary for normal body function.
- Anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication. The medication works by blocking your body's production of certain natural substances that cause inflammation which helps decrease swelling and pain.
- Compazine. This medication is used to treat severe nausea and vomiting. It also slows down chemical releases in the brain which allows you to rest and increases the effect of other migraine medications.
- Benadryl. Many people with migraines have trouble with excessive histamine which causes swelling of blood vessels. As an antihistamine drug, Benadryl works by blocking the histamine that your body produces. In addition, it has a soothing effect on the brain and can boost the effectiveness of other migraine medications.
As with all of our IV treatments, we can include custom add-ons to help bring fast relief from your symptoms, for example:
- Vitamin B complex and vitamin B12. The vitamin B complex can reduce the severity of migraines with aura, while vitamin B12 can help prevent migraine attacks.
- Magnesium. Magnesium sulfate is used to treat patients who have migraines with aura. When taken regularly, magnesium can also prevent the onset of migraines.
How Long Does a Migraine IV Take To Work?
A migraine IV therapy generally takes 30-45 minutes to administer and provides relief almost immediately. Your migraine symptoms will usually be reduced within an hour following the treatment. What’s more, infusion treatments often have long-term effects that can last for up to a month and can significantly improve your quality of life.
Can I Get a Negative Reaction From My Migraine IV Treatment?
Migraine IV therapy is a very safe procedure. Few people experience side effects during or after intravenous treatments and allergic reactions are extremely rare.
The most common side effects of IV fluid therapy include:
- Skin irritation
- Muscle stiffness
However, as with any intravenous infusion, complications may occur. In rare cases, your blood may get infected by bacteria when an IV drip is placed in an infected area of the skin. If the needle and your skin are not properly cleaned before a nurse inserts the IV, the likelihood of infection increases. The risk of a blood infection can be minimized with proper sterilization and hygiene.
Besides, each of the medications that are included in an IV fluid has its own side effects. Before you start the therapy, our physicians will provide a free medical consultation and approve your treatment to make sure it is safe for you.
If you have any known allergies, you should inform our medical professionals and they will make sure that you're not given anything that can provoke an allergic reaction. The nurses who administer treatments are highly qualified and trained to quickly respond in case an allergic reaction occurs and have all the necessary supplies readily accessible.
Our Migraine IV Process
Reset IV treatments are provided by highly trained medical professionals with extensive experience in administering IV therapy in hospitals and clinics and who are fully licensed in the states where we operate. To date, they have provided more than 12,000 IV treatments.
At Reset IV, our priority is to provide treatments that meet the highest safety standards using only top-of-the-line sterile equipment. All the treatments we offer follow the protocols used in Emergency Rooms and Urgent Cares across the country.
Reset IV is an on-demand concierge service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We deliver migraine relief to you whether you’re at home, at the office, or at a hotel. We’ll typically be at your door within an hour of booking, depending on availability.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about IV treatments or if you’d like to schedule an appointment in one of our California, Florida, or Nevada locations.
Besides IV treatment, there are several other ways to relieve your migraine symptoms. Keep on reading to learn more.
Other Cures for Migraines
Prescription migraine medications
While there is currently no cure for migraines, some medications can ease the symptoms and even prevent migraine attacks from occurring. The two most common types of migraine medications are abortive and preventive medications.
Abortive or acute migraine medications are used as soon as the patient experiences the first signs of a migraine. These medications can help reduce migraine symptoms, including pain, nausea, and light sensitivity.
Preventive or prophylactic migraine medications are prescribed for severe headaches that occur frequently and are significantly interfering with your everyday life. These medications are usually taken on a daily basis to help prevent migraines.
Over-the-counter migraine medications
Some over-the-counter medications such as Excedrin Migraine, Advil Migraine, and Motrin Migraine Pain, are effective for people with mild to moderate migraines. The main ingredients in these medications are ibuprofen and acetaminophen that relieve pain and caffeine that ease headaches by narrowing blood vessels. When taken together, these three ingredients can be very effective at relieving migraine symptoms.
Severe and acute migraines are commonly treated with “migraine cocktails” administered intravenously in a medical setting. A combination of medications, such as triptans with anti-inflammatory effects, antiemetics for pain relief, IV steroids, and other ingredients, is customized for each patient to help ease migraine symptoms including headaches, nausea, and vomiting.
Complementary and alternative migraine treatments
If you suffer from migraines, you may want to try alternative treatments in addition to or instead of medical ones. The most common complementary and alternative treatments for migraine include:
- Relaxation techniques. Relaxation practices like breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation may help reduce stress and tension, which often trigger migraine attacks.
- Biofeedback. This relaxation method helps you pay attention to stressful situations that could trigger migraine symptoms and control your body’s response.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). A cognitive behavioral therapist can teach you how your actions and thoughts can affect the way you experience pain.
- Physical treatments. Alternative treatments such as massage, acupressure, acupuncture, chiropractic, and craniosacral therapy (using a light touch to examine the movement of the fluids around the central nervous system) might ease your migraine symptoms.
- Supplements. Research has found that certain vitamins, minerals, and herbs, for example, riboflavin, coenzyme Q10, melatonin, butterbur, and feverfew, can prevent or treat the common migraine symptoms.
Other than the methods mentioned above, there are several home remedies you can try to help you ease your migraine pain:
- Rest in a dark, quiet room with your eyes closed.
- Use deep breathing to help shift your focus away from the pain and relieve tension.
- Apply a cool compress or ice pack on your forehead for pain relief.
- Drink plenty of liquids. Mineral water and coconut water are natural sources of electrolytes and can help relieve headaches related to dehydration.
- A small amount of caffeine is shown to ease migraine pain in some people. However, keep in mind that too much caffeine may also cause a migraine.
- Inhale lavender essential oil to ease the pain. You can inhale the oil directly or apply it in its diluted form to your temples.
- The cooling menthol in peppermint oil will also help reduce pain, nausea, and vomiting, as well as decrease light and sound sensitivity.
- Ginger is known to ease nausea caused by migraines. For a migraine attack, try massaging a few drops of the diluted ginger oil into your temples, forehead, and back of the neck.
- Be prepared for a migraine attack by having a migraine relief kit readily accessible.