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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

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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 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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What to do if I have cluster headaches!!?

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 can you do to treat cluster headaches?

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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How to cure or at least help cluster headaches?

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 more

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Do you know which foods cause cluster headaches?

Cluster HA triggers : The specific cause and pathophysiology of cluster headaches isn't known. The season is the most common trigger for cluster. Foods high in nitrites like bacon and preserved meats. Some other triggers are alcohol, especially beer, and cigarette smoking. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with cluster headaches ]:?

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. See an OFP specialist. ...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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Are there any home remedies for cluster headaches?

Are there any home remedies for cluster headaches?

Pain treatment.: The diagnsosis of cluster headaches should only be done by an appropriately trained provider such as a physical medicine and rehabilitation provider, a pain medicine provider or a neurologist. Such a provider should review with you what treatments would work well for youat home such as possibly oxygen treatments. ...Read more

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Can the trigeminial nerve cause cluster headaches.?

Cluster-Tic Syndrome: This term is used to describe patients with cluster headache and trigeminal neuralgia. In this syndrome, the characteristic paroxysmal pains of trigeminal neuralgia are superimposed over a cluster headache. In some cases, the two conditions occur independently for years and then meld together into a common syndrome. Cluster is part of trigeminal autonomic cephalgias. ...Read more

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What can a person do to deal with cluster headaches?

What can a person do to deal with cluster headaches?

Rx cluster headache: Cluster headaches sometimes improve by inhaling enriched oxygen for several minutes. Other treatments may include triptans, verapamil, ibuprofen, and sometimes seizure medications. ...Read more

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Are cluster headaches a symptom of a serious illness?

Rarely: Tumors and vascular issues like aneurysms etc may cause cluster headaches. It's quite rare but not unheard of. ...Read more

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