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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my cluster headache?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my cluster headache?

Diet: Avoiding certain foods that trigger headaches, for example foods with nitrites such as hot dogs could help. Rest is also helpful and inexpensive. ...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


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Cluster headache treatments?

Cluster headache treatments?

Get the right meds!!: Pain from cluster headache is considered the worst pain that exists - for this reason they have been called "suicide" headaches. But, outstanding medications that can rapidly turn off this horrible pain exist. You must get to a headache doctor who really knows how to treat this disease - it is very different from migraines, etc. Options include oxygen, sumatriptan, verapamil, lithium, topiramate. ...Read more

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

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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I have cluster headache, what's the best treatment?

I have cluster headache, what's the best treatment?

Cluster treatment: Since a cluster headache is severe but of such short duration, treatment must provide fast relief. An effective abortive treatment uses oxygen at a flow rate of 7-10 liters per minute.. The treatment of choice for the prevention of both episodic and chronic cluster headache is verapamil (Calan), a calcium channel antagonist. See orofacial pain or headache specialist. ...Read more

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Is alternative treatment safe or will it cause more harm than benefit? I am a 90% rated disabled vet due to a traumatic brain injury i recieved in the military which led to seizures, cluster headaches, and a miserable quality of living on high dose narcot

Is alternative treatment safe or will it cause more harm than benefit? I am a 90% rated disabled vet due to a traumatic brain injury i recieved in the military which led to seizures, cluster headaches, and a miserable quality of living on high dose narcot

Definition check: Do you mean complementary alternative medicine? This may not help very much with cluster headaches and seizures. Alternatives to narcotics though would be appropriate and probably more helpful. What are these alternatives? There are about 15 treatments to prevent seizures, if you needed them, and there are about 5-6 treatments to control cluster headaches. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Could you suggest treatments for cluster headaches or tension headaches?

Could you suggest treatments for cluster headaches or tension headaches?

TTH and Cluster : 1. The management of episodic and chronic tth consists of psychological support, physical therapy and pharmacotherapies. 2. Management of a cluster headache can be abortive or prophylactic. Sometimes, both methods are indicated in the same patient. An effective abortive treatment uses oxygen at a flow rate of 7-10 liters per minute for 15 min. The treatment for the prevention is calan. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the best treatments for cluster headaches?

Doctors, what are the best treatments for cluster headaches?

Cluster : Nerve blocks, triptans, steroid course oxygen are very useful for cluster headaches. Even intranasal Lidocaine can be used. A preventive medication should be added. Cluster headaches are hard to treat and you will need to be in care of a neurologist. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for cluster headaches?

Cluster headache: Management of a cluster headache can be abortive or prophylactic. Sometimes, both methods are indicated in the same patient. An effective abortive treatment uses oxygen or sumatriptan or DHE. The treatment of choice for the prevention of both episodic and chronic cluster headache is verapamil. ...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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Can Maxalt (rizatriptan) be used for cluster headache? He experienced his first one and was in tears from pain.

Can Maxalt (rizatriptan) be used for cluster headache? He experienced his first one and was in tears from pain.

Yes, you can try: Management of a cluster headache can be abortive or prophylactic. Sometimes, both methods are indicated in the same patient. An effective abortive treatment uses oxygen or sumatriptan or DHE. The treatment of choice for the prevention of both episodic and chronic cluster headache is verapamil. ...Read more

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What's good OTC medicine for a cluster headache?

What's good OTC medicine for a cluster headache?

Avoid Rebound: Taking any medications whether they be otc or prescription for headaches over and over will lead to the development of rebound "headaches, probably the most difficult type of headache to treat and control. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have cluster headache?

Should I still go to work if I have cluster headache?

Possibly: This depends on the degree of discomfort you are having and the type of work you do. Headaches can interfere with thinking and concentrating. You should not work if it puts you or your colleagues at risk or if you cannot be effective. This is an individual decision. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had a really bad cluster headache?

Cluster treatment: Management of a cluster headache can be abortive or prophylactic. Sometimes, both methods are indicated in the same patient. An effective abortive treatment uses oxygen at a flow rate of 7-10 liters per minute for 15 min. Triptans are also effective for an abortive treatment. Calan (calcium channel blocker) is used for the prophylactic treatment. Rec.: see orofacial pain specialist for consult. ...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 come cluster headache sufferers get short on breath?

How come cluster headache sufferers get short on breath?

Unclear reason: Shortness of breath is not often listed as a symptom traditionally associated with cluster headaches. However, my patients who have cluster headaches often mention that the pain is excruciating to the point that they feel out of breath. They also tend to pace and are extremely anxious. The anxiety may contribute to the shortness of breath too. Inhaling oxygen dramatically relieves the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you have other body pain if you have a cluster headache?

Can you have other body pain if you have 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. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of a cluster headache?

What is the best way to get rid of a cluster headache?

Nasty and painful: The upside of a cluster headache is a duration of about 30-90 minutes. It may respond to inhalation of 100% oxygen over 5 or so minutes. Usually a pain med doesn't get absorbed fast enough. Perhaps the best approach is to prevent the ha, and meds such as topirimate, valproex, naproxen, or butterbur work quite nicely. ...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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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Cluster Headache (Definition)

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, ...Read more