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Are there any at home remedies or OTC meds one can take for relief from a cluster headache?

Are there any at home remedies or OTC meds one can take for relief from a cluster headache?

Consider hypnosis: I can't address the otc medicines, but have used hypnosis with people who suffer from migraines who want to reduce the amount of meds they take. Surely seek medical consult in addition to hypnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Pain Relief (Definition)

A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...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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What is the best way to treat a cluster headache?

What is the best way to treat a cluster headache?

Cluster headaches: Oxygen threpy 100%12to15litres per minute, tryptans
second line drugs are lithium, valproic acid, Gabapentin and topamax
local analgesics like Lidocaine sprayed in the nostrils will sometime stop the pain. Cafergot (ergotamine and caffeine) was used in the past but rarely used these days. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a cluster headache?

What is the best way to treat a cluster headache?

Meds and oxygen: Oxygen and sumatriptan injections are helpful abortive treatments for cluster headache. Most cluster patients need steroids and a preventative medication like valproate or verapamil. Make sure the diagnosis is correct and they are not migraines. ...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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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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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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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?

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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Could alcohol trigger a cluster headache?

Yes in some: Yes it can dilate blood vessels and this can aggravate the headache cluster. It may not always precipitate cluster headaches. ...Read more

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Do people with cluster headache have a lot of pain?

Do people with cluster headache have a lot of pain?

Yes: Cluster headaches can be very severe. Fortunately there is good treatment available. ...Read more

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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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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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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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What is a cluster headache?

What is a 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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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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What does cluster headache feel like?

Nasty and intense: Focalizes over one eye with steady intense pain prompting restlessness, often desire to bang head into wall, may be associated with unilateral tearing and nasal discharge. Often awakens from sleep, and lasts about 45-60 min on average. Not pleasant and pattern should be disrupted with medication. ...Read more

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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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What's the symptoms of 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 do you recommend for cluster headache?

What do you recommend for cluster headache?

Various treatments: Imitrex, (sumatriptan) oxygen and other meds are good for cluster headaches. If there are spots on your head that you can press (in front of your ears, your eyebrows, or temples) that make the pain go away temporarily, then a procedure to ligate the arteries of the scalp in these locations can relieve the pain in most patients. ...Read more

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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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What sort of disease is a cluster headache?

What sort of disease is a cluster headache?

What is a cluster HA: Cluster headache is a type of headache associated with autonomic nervous system symptoms, such as nasal congestion and tearing. It is considered a neurological disorder, possibly related to aberrant neuro-vascular signalling behind the face, on one side.

It normally feels like a sharp pain behind one eye, occurring at the same time every day, for several days. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a 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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What are the symptoms of a cluster headache?

What are the symptoms of a cluster headache?

Headaches: Symptoms include unilateral severe clusters of headaches associated with tearing and injection of the ipsolateral eye and nasal discharge. ...Read more

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


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