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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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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


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What causes cluster headaches?

What causes cluster headaches?

Exact cause unknown: In some cases, there is a strong genetic component, but this is not consistent. Histamine is thought to play a role; injection of histamine provokes attacks in 69% of patients. Stress, allergens, seasonal changes, or nitroglycerin may trigger attacks. Risk factors include: male sex, cigarette smoking, and previous head trauma. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Numerous causes: There are several causes for migraine headaches. See PCP. IF HE CANNOT find the cause then we look at environmental hormonal and nutritional deficiencies. Visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn how we treat the underlying causes ...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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How are cluster headaches and migraines different?

Both are migraines: The difference is the symptoms and frequency of headaches. Migraine is typically a throbbing pain that involves the whole head. A cluster headache is a one sided stabbing headache that comes in spurts, maybe for days or weeks at a time then disappears for a while. The pain is very severe, and is accompanied by nasal congestion, tearing, and eye pain. Both can be treated using triptan therapy. ...Read more

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What causes occipital headache?

What causes occipital headache?

Several reasons: There are several reasons behind the occurrence of head pains ranging from genetics, muscle contractions, stress, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, trauma, and different medical illness. Occipital headache is a term used to describe headaches which start (or are referred from) in the occiput (base of the head) area. ...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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What causes frequent headaches?

What causes frequent headaches?

Migraine?: Increasingly frequent headaches are associated often with chronic prescription or otc meds, with rebound. Migraine headaches can cluster and become more frequent if new triggers arise. Sometimes food sensitivities may be the answer, but other triggers include, sinus, tmj, neck, tos, hypertension, thyroid, etc. Most of these are easily treated and reversed. ...Read more

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What causes frequent headaches?

What causes frequent headaches?

Varies: Headaches are a common problem. The degree and nature of the headaches is important in seeking an etiology. Migraines are common and have characteristic features that are treated by a neurologist. Structural causes need to be ruled out as these are often treated surgically. For example, hydrocephalus, subdural hematomas/hygromas, brain tumors are often amenable to neurosurgery. ...Read more

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Have daily headaches have temporal arteritis what causes headaches?

Have daily headaches have temporal arteritis what causes headaches?

Bx confirmed?: Temporal arteritis is a serious issue and should be confirmed with bx and more recently, mra studies. It is a very high grade inflammatory disease, and requires staunch antiinflammatory rx. Pain comes from inflammation of the cerebral vessels that have "giant cell vasculitis."however, if your inflammation numbers (CRP) are down, your headaches may have another cause. Steroids, mtx, and tnf-a are rxs. ...Read more

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Difference between migrain, tension and cluster headaches. What is the cure., and cluster head?

Difference between migrain, tension and cluster headaches. What is the cure., and cluster head?

Very Similar: Cluster and migraine seem to have a vascular component that starts them off whereas the tension type headaches are triggered by muscle overactivity. Surprisingly, the treatments for all of these headaches are quite similar with the tension-type headache's treatment more directed at muscle tension. Prevention is generally the most successful way to deal with any headache. ...Read more

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What causes temple headaches?

What causes temple headaches?

Possible muscle pain: Temporal headaches at your age are generally due to knots in the temporalis muscle. Put your fingers where you feel the headache and bite your teeth together. If your fingers move (muscle) then you need to find out why the muscles have knots. It is probably a problem with the bite/joints/muscles and how these function. See your dentist for help or a referral. ...Read more

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What causes migran headaches?

What causes migran headaches?

One more trigger: Hormonal changes in your cycle can also trigger migraines in women. ...Read more

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What are causes for a headache?

What are causes for a headache?

Many...: Headaches can be caused by more things than can be mentioned in this post. For example - dehydration, stress, vision problem, brain tumor, illness, fever, hypertension, (and on and on). If you are having issues with headaches, see your physician ...Read more

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What kind of pain medications are most effective for migraines and cluster headaches?

What kind of pain medications are most effective for migraines and cluster headaches?

Triptans are good: But you need to see a neurologist to help you best. There are also headache clinics in some major cities where you can get specialized treatment. ...Read more

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How are migraines and 'cluster' headaches different?

How are migraines and 'cluster' headaches different?

Many differences: Cluster is more common in men, shorter duration (less than an hour as against 4 to 72 hours in migraine) the trigger factors in migraine do not necessarily start cluster. Oxygen therapy and some other therapies such as lithium, verapamil etc do not work well in migraine cluster headache come in clusters! etc. ...Read more

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What causes a constant headache?

What causes a constant headache?

Several items: Hopefully, you do not possess an expanding brain tumor, hemorrhage, or hydrocephalus. More likely, you have developed "chronic daily headaches", which can involve migraine, or tension headaches, and may be associated with a variety of pain medications. See your doctor, as treatment can break this up. ...Read more

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What pain medications are most effective for cluster headaches?

What pain medications are most effective for cluster headaches?

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

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What causes a headache?

What causes a headache?

Many things: Depending on symptoms, headaches can be caused by different things, as benign as stress, cold, low blood sugar to as dangerous as tumors, brain infections or bleeding in a head. ...Read more

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