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If Idomethacin is such a dangerous drug, why do Dr.'s still prescribe it? Is there something better? I'm diagnosed with Hemicrania Continua.

If Idomethacin is such a dangerous drug, why do Dr.'s still prescribe it? Is there something better? I'm diagnosed with Hemicrania Continua.

Indomethacin is KING: DANGEROUS-strong word. Most significant GI side effects are GI which is why 20% of patients with side effects stop drug due to side effects of a GI nature. It's the BEST drug available to treat HC. Response to the drug is often diagnostic of the headache. BUT, recent studies suggest BOTOX MAY be good option. Wanna Chat? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR P.S. Your doc sure it's HC? ...Read more

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Diagnosed with hemicrania continua.Indomethacin is not working.What next?

Hemicrania continua: How much indomethacin have you tried? If you gave it a try, perhaps a prevention medicine, such as amitriptyline, would help you. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/hemicrania_continua/hemicrania_continua.htm ...Read more

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With hemicrania continua, is there anything that can be done medically/surgically or just with indomethacin and other drugs?

With hemicrania continua, is there anything that can be done medically/surgically or just with indomethacin and other drugs?

See below: Indomethacin is the best medication. For those that can't tolerate it Celexa (citalopram) has been helpful. Tricyclic antidepressants have also been used.Other medications with case reports of efficacy include melatonin, topiramate, verapamil and gabapentin. Radio frequency ablation of supraorbital branch of trigeminal N, Botox, and deep brain stimulation have been used. ...Read more

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Indomethacin for hemicrania continua. Based on 1 week of use, one 25mg pill kills pain for near 24hrs. Ok to use it this way rather than 3x day as rx.

Hemicrania continua: is an indomethacin-responsive headache disorder. The appropriate dose will vary among patients. The initial dose is that dose which results in resolution of headache, and in your case 25 mg. However, always ask your doctor for more information about your individual situation. ...Read more

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Can cold weather bring on Hemicrania Continua?

Not typically: Although stress is thought to be a trigger one could make a case for the stress of cold weather but it has not been definitively proven to be a known trigger. If one has the diagnosis of hemicrania continua, indomethacin treatment should be started. ...Read more

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What is hemicrania continua? If indocin (indomethacin) does not relieve the pain, do I have any other options?

What is hemicrania continua? If indocin (indomethacin) does not relieve the pain, do I have any other options?

1-sided headache : Hemicrania = headache on one side; continua means prolonged/continuous pain. Indocin belongs to the antiinflammatory meds and it is often first choice, but does not work for everyone. There are other classes used for this: calcium chanel blockers (i.E verapamil), steroids (prednisone), acetazolamide, and topamax (topiramate) have been used successfully in many patients. So, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My doc believes I have Hemicrania Continua. What is that. He has me on indomethacin. How safe is this drug. I go for an MRI.

Continuous headache: Hemicrania continua is a continuous (or very persistent) headache that affects only one side of the head (right or left) usually towards the temple. If this is your first time experiencing these symptoms, if there are other neurologic symptoms (vision problems, tingling, weakness, etc), or if its the "worst headache of your life", the imaging my be appropriate, though chances are it'll show nothin ...Read more

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I've had a never ending migraine head ache for about 7 years now and it hasn't ended. I think it might be hemicrania continua what do you think?

I've had a never ending migraine head ache for about 7 years now and it hasn't ended. I think it might be hemicrania continua what do you think?

Hemicrania : See a neurologist. Hemicrania is one sided headache which is there 24 x7. There may be intermittent worsening with tearing, redness in eye or congestion. It response to indomethacin, migraine are also one sided, but there are generally intermittent, though chronic migraines can be there all the time. ...Read more

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Can Hemicrania Continua cause a sensation like something is stuck in your throat or mimic a sinus headache?

Can Hemicrania Continua cause a sensation like something is stuck in your throat or mimic a sinus headache?

Globus Hystericus: Not likely, Hemicrania Continua is a rare continuous one-sided headache and pain is located in the ocular temporal region. Globus Hystericus is the sensation of a lump in the throat, often associated with headaches and facial pains. See your GP for consultation and tests. ...Read more

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If my brain MRI came back clean, YAY,can it still be Hemicrania Continua like Dr may still suspect or could it be coming from my neck. Have bone spurs?

If my brain MRI came back clean, YAY,can it still be Hemicrania Continua like Dr may still suspect or could it be coming from my neck. Have bone spurs?

Hemicrania Continua: Karen, bone spurs usually causes pinched nerve and other symptoms more then headache. Doctors consider a diagnosis of hemicrania continua if the pain has been present, without switching sides or disappearing even briefly, for at least three months. Doctors consider it a telltale sign of hemicrania continua if the headaches go away after a dose of the nsaid such as motrin or ibuprofen. ...Read more