Headache Camp and the use of Medical Ketamine
Medical ketamine infusions have been the basis of my chronic migraine treatment plan since 2013. I fondly refer to the Jefferson Headache Clinic (part of Thomas Jefferson University) as “Headache Camp.” I’ve compiled every interview, podcast, and article I’ve written on my experience. And yes, I do still travel to Philadelphia at least once a year from Los Angeles for in-patient ketamine infusions. I was discharged last week from my 13th inpatient infusion at Jefferson.
In 2020, the Association of Migraine Disorders asked my headache specialist at Jefferson, Dr. Stephanie Nahas-Geiger, and me to talk about ketamine for chronic migraine on their podcast Spotlight on Migraine. It was pretty special to be able to do this with my own health care provider.
How a street drug can help reset your brain
I probably get the most questions about my use of ketamine. Honestly, it’s been the basis of my treatment plan (well, ketamine AND advocacy). The following articles were originally written for Migraine.com.
Ketamine for Migraine Management – the basics and history of Ketamine
Headache Camp – My first in-patient experience was actually for lidocaine, which I didn’t tolerate well.
Headache Camp Round 2 – This is the start of my use of ketamine in a hospital setting.
A look from the outside
Headache Camp: From Mom’s Seat – My mom eloquently writes about what it’s like for her to take care of her grown child while I’m getting ketamine infusions.
Patient Perspective: Ketamine – I talked to Terah Kuykendall, a patient opinion leader who discusses the use of ketamine for chronic migraine.
Headache Camp #5 – Advocating for Yourself – How to make the most out of a ketamine infusion.
Addiction is a disease. It affects the addict as well as their family and friends. Those with an addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs, or other vices, will always face these demons. As much as those who love the addict want to help, it is the addict who must be willing to face the disease and…
I took this video a few days after coming home from 6 days in the hospital. I’ve had a really hard time recovering although the ketamine treatment tends to decrease the frequency and intensity of my migraine attacks. Sometimes you just gotta cry it out.
This picture is being sold as part of a fundraising effort between the US PainFoundation and 540WMain, a non-profit run by my dear friend Calvin Eaton in Rochester, NY. Learn more about this project and how to purchase artwork by those who have chronic pain conditions.