Headache Camp – Medical Ketamine
I started getting in-patient ketamine infusions at the Jefferson Headache Clinic (part of Thomas Jefferson University) in 2013, which I fondly refer to as “Headache Camp.” The following articles , were originally written for Migraine.com.
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).
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.
Lessons from Headache Camp – How to make the most out of an infusion.
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.
Official Study Results from Headache Camp – Synopsis of retrospective studies on ketamine for migraine PLUS some things to know before about the actual hospital experience.
Headache Camp #5 – Advocating for Yourself – How to make the most out of a ketamine infusion.
Is it ok to say I feel good? – I don’t want to jinx myself, but after the 6th admission, I felt pretty good.
Pain Week is an annual conference focused on pain for the health care professionals who see patients who have a multitude of disorders and diseases. Doctors, pharmacologists, nurse practitioners, and those who offer complementary and alternative therapies all gather to attend seminars on the latest research in this field. I was there to represent US…
I’m sitting at the original muscle beach in Santa Monica by the pier. In the middle of the swinging rings, balance beams, ropes and slack lines, there is a large patch of astroturf dedicated to yoga. At times there can be 50 or more people crowding the space- all wanting to practice, learn or support…
My eyes were full of tears so many times in June for different reasons. Sometimes because of my own pain, but more often due to the stories of others that I have had the privileged to know. I’ve seen the despair of a life with migraine disease, robbing those of the future they had envisioned.…