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Imitrex (sumatriptan) 6mg injections for cluster headaches worked the first 2/3 times but now not effective anymore. Even taking 2 at once doesn't stop the pain!???

Imitrex (sumatriptan) 6mg injections for cluster headaches worked the first 2/3 times but now not effective anymore. Even taking 2 at once doesn't stop the pain!???

Do this instead: Am rather unimpressed that Imitrex would be useful in most migraine events, and that is why we have several other triptans. Favor frovatriptan or Relpax (eletriptan) in most of my patients. By the way, you probably have frequent migraines, not cluster, as this is more of a middle-aged male circumstance. Preventative approaches should help you control all of this. Do you wish Concierge visit to guide you? ...Read more

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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What is a cluster headache? I often get migraines that last about 10 to 12 hours and it feels like my head is going to explode. It stops normal tasks.

What is a cluster headache? I often get migraines that last about 10 to 12 hours and it feels like my head is going to explode. It stops normal tasks.

Two answers: You sound like you have migraines. Migraine is far more common than cluster headaches. Cluster headaches have a very specific and distressing pattern. Also, you are a bit too young to have cluster headaches. Here's a bit more info: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000786.Htm. ...Read more

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For days on end i would have a headache i get swollen eyelids could this be cluster headaches my sleep patten is horrible would circadin stop headache?

For days on end i would have a headache i get swollen eyelids could this be cluster headaches my sleep patten is horrible would circadin stop headache?

Cluster headaches: Cluster headaches are one sided. Circadin is long acting melatonin which may help you sleep and in the long run stop your headaches. ...Read more

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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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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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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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How do I treat cluster headaches?

How do I treat cluster headaches?

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 more

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How long do cluster headaches last?

Unknown: Remmison are known to occur. Some patients spontaneously abort for ever. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Cluster Headache (Definition)

Cluster headaches are an 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