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Seemed like a cluster headache. This progressed into nausea and vomitting. Now, I cant sleep. Getting up made me dizzy and loopy. I'm always warm?

Seemed like a cluster headache. This progressed into nausea and vomitting. Now, I cant sleep. Getting up made me dizzy and loopy. I'm always warm?

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. See a headache specialist for diagnosis and management. ...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


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What to do if I have cluster headaches!!?

See a specialist: 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 are risks for cluster headaches in children?

What are risks for cluster headaches in children?

See Below:: Cluster headaches are rare in children younger than 10 years of age and only affect approximately 0.1 percent of children age 10 to 18 years. More common in boys. They are deep, excruciating, continuous, and explosive in quality. Commonly cause eye redness and tear production on the side where the pain occurs, a stuffy and runny nose, sweating, a pale appearance and sometimes drooping of eyelid. ...Read more

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How cna you determine if my headaches are cluster headaches?

How cna you determine if my headaches are cluster headaches?

See below:: Severe or very severe unilateral orbital, supraorbital and/or temporal pain lasting 15-180 minutes if untreated
headache assoc. W/at least 1 of the following:
ipsilateral--conjunctival injection and/or lacrimation;nasal congestion and/or rhinorrhoea; eyelid edema; forehead and facial sweating; miosis and/or ptosis; sense of restlessness or agitation. Occurs: 1 every other day-8/day. No other probs. ...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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How to treat cluster headaches?

How to treat cluster headaches?

Rx for cluster HAs: Unlike other kinds of headaches, cluster headaches may improve by inhaling enriched oxygen, such as that available in a hospital or emergency room. They may also be treated with triptan medicines, NSAIDs, and sometimes they can be prevented with the use of verapamil or carbamazepine. ...Read more

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What can cause a cluster headache?

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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How are cluster headaches self-treated?

How are cluster headaches self-treated?

See doctor!: There's no cure for cluster headaches. The goal of treatment is to help decrease the severity of pain, shorten the headache period and prevent the attacks. Because the pain of a cluster headache comes on suddenly and may subside within a short time, over-the-counter pain relievers such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen (advil, motrin, others) aren't effective. The headache is usually gone before the drugs. ...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 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

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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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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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Can constant cluster headaches result to suicide?

Can constant cluster headaches result to suicide?

Possibly: Any long term pain issue can trigger depression or spontaneous behavior in an attempt to get out of pain. Cluster headaches are difficult but not impossible to treat. You should see a headache specialist as well as a primary care doctor to discuss these things. Treatment is available both for chronic pain issues as well as for suicide prevention. ...Read more

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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 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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How are cluster headaches and migraines different?

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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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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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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Can you feel like you have pnd with a cluster headache?

Unrelated conditions: Cluster headache is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. The headache is invariably unilateral and is usually centered behind or around the orbit or in the temporal area. Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (PND) is shortness of breath and coughing that generally happen at night. ...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

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more