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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Cluster Headache (Overview)

Extremely painful type of headache that is commonly described as a stabbing sensation through the eye. They usually occur on one side of the head, and come on suddenly.


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What is in the definition of cluster headache ?

What is in the definition of cluster headache ?

Cluster headache: It may occur every day, about the same time, for days, then go away for weeks. It is a “cluster” of attacks. It lasts for hours. It occurs around or behind one eye. It is sharp, it is painful, and it is often associated with the shedding of tears from that eye, or nasal stuffiness on one side, drooping of the eyelid, and sometimes redness of the affected eye. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Cluster Headache (Overview)

Extremely painful type of headache that is commonly described as a stabbing sensation through the eye. They usually occur on one side of the head, and come on suddenly.


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Question: what is cluster headache really?

Question: what is cluster headache really?

Cluster headache: Cluster headache belongs to a group of idiopathic (unknown cause) headache entities known as the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, all of which involve one-sided, short-lived, severe headache attacks. There are associated autonomic symptoms, such as ptosis (eyelid drooping), miosis (constricted pupils), lacrimation (tearing in the eyes), conjunctival injection, runny nose, and nasal congestion. ...Read more

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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Identify events that trigger headaches
Hourly
See your doctor and bring a diary of when headaches occurred
Once
Watch for food reactions
Daily
See a dentist about your headaches
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What are the symptoms of cluster headache ?

What are the symptoms of cluster headache ?

See below:: Pain comes on without warning & may begin as a burning sensation on the side of your nose or deep in your eye. The pain peaks in just a few min. Folks describe the feeling as having an ice pick driven through your eye.The pain almost always begins in your eye and always on 1 side of your face.The eye on your affected side may tear &eyelid may droop. 1-sided nasal stuffiness/runny nose may occur. ...Read more

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Are there warning signs before a cluster headache begins?

Are there warning signs before a cluster headache begins?

See below:: Season is the most common trigger, occurring in the spring or autumn. Due to their seasonal nature, ch are often mistakenly associated with allergies or sinusitis. The seasonal nature of ch most likely results from stimulation or activation of the hypothalamus.Ch are also common in people who smoke and drink alcohol frequently and a large proportion of the patients have sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with cluster headaches. I have never heard of them before?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with cluster headaches. I have never heard of them before?

Go to a: Headache specialist. They can be very bad so you want to have access to the appropriate treatment from a qualified clinician. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cluster-headache/basics/definition/con-20031706. ...Read more

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I have a headache from last 3 years. Took migraine and cluster headache medicine for it but in vain. Its there the whole day. Tests are clear?

I have a headache from last 3 years. Took migraine and cluster headache medicine for it but in vain. Its there the whole day. Tests are clear?

Exercise, magnesium: Daily headaches are usually due to chronic migraines. The best & safest treatment is botox. It is also the only fda-approved treatment. Take magnesium, feverfew, & coq10, exercise regularly, avoid sugar & caffeine, get enough sleep. For pain try migralex. ...Read more

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What causes cluster headaches?

What causes cluster headaches?

Unknown: No one really knows the cause but it is much more common in men where most heaches have a female proponderance the typical patient is a tall thin man who smokes! ...Read more

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How does a pterygopalatine nerve block work to treat cluster headache?

How does a pterygopalatine nerve block work to treat cluster headache?

Possibly vascular: Although the answer is unknown, the vascular dilation components of headaches, especially cluster headaches, are well known. The pterygopalatine ganglia of nerves primarily affects vascular and secretory functions. Congested vessels, runny nose, are some of the functions. Dilation of blood vessels has long been thought to be part of the pain of headaches. ...Read more

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What is a cluster headache? What causes it, and how can I treat it?

What is a cluster headache? What causes it, and how can I treat it?

Like a migraine : But different. Very severe headaches that throbb, make one want to move rather than stay still and are treated by oxygen therapy most successfully. ...Read more

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How is cluster headache treated? What can we do at home to comfort child afterwards?

How is cluster headache treated? What can we do at home to comfort child afterwards?

Multiple Treatments: Sometimes inhalation of high concentrations of oxygen will stop clusters along with triptans like imitrex (sumatriptan). The treatment is generally directed to prevention of the headaches for which calcium channel blockers are probably most often used. Also used are anti-epileptic meds, tricyclic antidepressants and sometimes even steroids.Get to a peds neurologist for more help. ...Read more

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Are there natural treatments for cluster headaches?

Are  there natural treatments for cluster headaches?

Not really.: It is best to see your physician to discuss other treatment modalities. Self treatment is usually not successful. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of cluster headache?

Cluster headaches: Clusrter headaches are also called alarm clock headaches as it wakes you up at night with severe headache around eye on one side.Motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) are not effective.100%oxygen, tryptans and octrotide injectable, dihudroergatamines work for acute attack.Preventive meds are calcium channel blockers like verapamil, corticistroids sometimes, lithium, nerve block some times may help prevent attacks. ...Read more

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What are risks for cluster headaches in children?

What are risks for cluster headaches in children?

See Below:: Cluster headaches are rare in children younger than 10 years of age and only affect approximately 0.1 percent of children age 10 to 18 years. More common in boys. They are deep, excruciating, continuous, and explosive in quality. Commonly cause eye redness and tear production on the side where the pain occurs, a stuffy and runny nose, sweating, a pale appearance and sometimes drooping of eyelid. ...Read more

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Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild cluster headache from getting worse?

Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild cluster headache from getting worse?

Medication: You might want to try Motrin for a mild cluster headache(200-600 mg) per dose. I have had success in previous patients with Imitrex (sumatriptan) or other migraine specific agents. Prevention is key. Avoid alcohol and smoking. If you wake up with cluster headaches, sleep apnea may be a cause. Consider having a sleep study done to screen for this. ...Read more

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Is it a cluster headache if it only happened once? It came on sudden lasted 10-15min and immediately went away but he was in tears for a while from how scary it was and pain

Is it a cluster headache if it only happened once? It came on sudden lasted 10-15min and immediately went away but he was in tears for a while from how scary it was and pain

See a Physician: Headache attacks occur in clusters over weeks or months, not a single episode. A headache can be a symptom of a serious condition and diagnosis is key for the proper treatment. See your doctor for consultation. ...Read more

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What is a cluster headache?

Cluster headache: is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. Because of the intense pain, cluster patients often pace the floor or bang their heads during headache episodes. The pain of cluster headache is excruciating and it is not unusual for a patient to yell or cry. The headache is unilateral and is centered behind or around the eye with autonomic symptoms. See a headache specialist. ...Read more

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What can cause a cluster headache?

Cause unknown: We do not know the cause of cluster headaches. The diagnosis is usually clinical. Usually there is significant nasal congestion or a runny nose associated with increased lacrimation. The headaches can be quite severe and occur in clusters up to eight times a day. Usually multiple attacks are short-lived with excruciating one sided pain is typical. ...Read more

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I've got cluster headache. Now what?

I've got cluster headache. Now what?

See doctor: There are a number of treatments for cluster headache. First of all, preventive treatments are the first thing. Sometimes inhaling high concentrations of oxygen will stop a cluster. Also, triptan medication is effective for some people. There are a number of different approaches to preventing cluster headache. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more