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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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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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Can cluster headache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Can cluster headache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Definitely, no: Cluster headaches are sometimes mistaken for trigeminal neuralgia because they have similar symptoms. However, there are a number of big differences between the two conditions. TN is episodic (paroxysmal) neuropathic disorder. Cluster headache is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. ...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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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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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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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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What foods trigger and irritate migraine headaches?

What foods trigger and irritate migraine headaches?

Migraine Triggers: In approximately 10% of migraineurs, food can trigger an attack. These triggers include vasoactive substances such as cheese, alcohol (red wine), chocolate, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, or tyramine, and aspartame, a sugar substitute used in Equal. ...Read more

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What are cluster headaches?

What are cluster headaches?

Cluster: Here is a good description of cluster headache: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000786.Htm. ...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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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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Can allergies trigger migraines?

Can allergies trigger migraines?

Yes: Recent research suggests that allergic rhinitis can and may be helped by allergy shots in some people for prevention. ...Read more

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Can crying trigger migraines?

Can crying trigger migraines?

Migraines: Yes, some but not all of my patients who suffer from migraines would say crying does trigger a migraine for them. Interestingly it seems to depend on the nature of the crying, stressful crying is very different than tears of joy or tears of release. Best. ...Read more

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Sinus headache or migraine? nausea too.

Sinus headache or migraine? nausea too.

Migraine: I hear it all the time: "I got sinus, doc." They're wrong. That's a myth perpetrated back in the decades of "postnasal drip" i.e. the 50s & 60s by the advertisers of Dristan. 99% of all "sinus" headaches - aren't. They're mostly migraines. If you have radiological proof of sinusitis and your pain goes away if it's treated, then you're entitled to the diagnosis of sinus headaches. Otherwise, not. ...Read more

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Can drinking caffeine trigger a migraine headache?

Can drinking caffeine trigger a migraine headache?

Possible: Caffeine has been used with tylenol (acetaminophen) and Aspirin to stop headaches and is often of value. But many patients are habituated to daily coffee, and may stop their ingestion on weekends, when headaches occur due to caffeine withdrawal. Do not usually see caffeine provoking a migraine. ...Read more

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Recommendations to manage severe migraine and tension headaches?

Recommendations to manage severe migraine and tension headaches?

Migraine headaches: If you have not seen your doc you need to do so. Having said that, consider biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, psychotherapy for stress management, food sensitivity testing (Great Plains lab in KS, USA has a good one), massage. Peace and good health. ...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 are cluster headaches from?

What are cluster headaches from?

See below:: Unlike migraine and tension headache, cluster headache generally isn't associated with triggers, such as foods, hormonal changes or stress. But once a cluster period begins, consumption of any alcohol can quickly trigger a splitting headache. The exact cause of cluster headaches is unknown, but abnormalities in the hypothalamus likely play a role. ...Read more

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44yo new onset migraines with aura. Inbetween migraines, having palinopsia, photophobia and vertigo spells. Vestibular migraines or something else?

44yo new onset migraines with aura. Inbetween migraines, having palinopsia, photophobia and vertigo spells. Vestibular migraines or something else?

Possible: Migraines can cause virtually any neurological symptoms. The rule out thumb is, rule out more serious causes first, so if you have not sought an evaluation yet, please do so. ...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