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How do I treat cluster headaches?

How do I treat cluster headaches?

Need effective meds: Sorry you have these most terrible headaches for which typical pain medication - even narcotics, are completely ineffective. Good news is the right medications (sumatriptan, oxygen, Lidocaine in the nose) rapidly turn a cluster headache off once it starts, and that many strategies for prevention of headaches are also successful. Key is accurate diagnosis + compassionate treatment by an expert md. ...Read more

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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


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Could you tell me what happens during cluster headaches?

Could you tell me what happens during cluster headaches?

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 while rubbing or holding the painful site in any attempt to distract themselves from the pain. They are agitated and restless in contrast to a migraineur who prefers to lie down, usually in a darkened room. ...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 does cluster headache feel like?

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?

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 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 are the symptoms of a cluster headache?

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

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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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I had a really bad cluster headache, suggestions?

See a neurologist: Whoever has made the diagnosis of cluster headaches, would also know its treatment. Usually neurologist make this diagnosis and are able to treat it mostly with medications. ...Read more

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Supposing that there any way to help a cluster headache?

Supposing that there any way to help a cluster headache?

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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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 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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What's effective treatment for cluster headaches?

What's effective treatment for cluster headaches?

Sumatriptan + Oxygen: Cluster headaches are 6-12 week episodes of frequent, incredibly painful headaches that each last approximately 45 minutes. First goal is to stop the pain of any headache that begins - this can be done with 100% inhaled oxygen or sumatriptan injections. Second goal is interruption the episode of the. Possible meds are verapamil, topiramate, depakote, prednisone, lithium. Good luck! ...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 are the differences between migraine and cluster headaches?

What are the differences between migraine and cluster headaches?

Good question: The honest answer is that we don't fully know, although they are both due to inflation of the lining of the brain. One, cluster headaches, occurs only behind the eye in a region called the cavernous sinus. In migraine, inflammation occurs throughout the lining of the brain. Clusters always occur in one side and cause tearing and redness of the eye. Clusters occur mainly in middle age men. ...Read more

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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 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'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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