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How To Cure Or At Least Help Cluster Headaches
Medications: Cluster headaches are a specific type of headaches which has a specific pattern and diagnostic criteria. Simple measures you can try are using over the counter medications as appropriate and discontinuing smoking or smoking exposure (e.g. Second hand smoke). Persistent headaches should be evaluated by an appropriately trained specialty consultant as there are specific prescriptive treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Make sure of dx: If your headaches are truly cluster headaches, these can be very disabling and difficult to treat. You should see a headache neurologist, but the treatments include sumatriptan injection, oxygen, lithium. Many times reading online may suggest that a headache is cluster, but the most common headache cause is migraine. ...Read more
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