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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

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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I have a headache from last 3 years. Took migraine and cluster headache medicine for it but in vain. Its there the whole day. Tests are clear?

I have a headache from last 3 years. Took migraine and cluster headache medicine for it but in vain. Its there the whole day. Tests are clear?

Exercise, magnesium: Daily headaches are usually due to chronic migraines. The best & safest treatment is botox. It is also the only fda-approved treatment. Take magnesium, feverfew, & coq10, exercise regularly, avoid sugar & caffeine, get enough sleep. For pain try migralex. ...Read more

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Is it a cluster headache if it only happened once? It came on sudden lasted 10-15min and immediately went away but he was in tears for a while from how scary it was and pain

Is it a cluster headache if it only happened once? It came on sudden lasted 10-15min and immediately went away but he was in tears for a while from how scary it was and pain

See a Physician: Headache attacks occur in clusters over weeks or months, not a single episode. A headache can be a symptom of a serious condition and diagnosis is key for the proper treatment. See your doctor for consultation. ...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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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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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?

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 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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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

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Are there warning signs before a cluster headache begins?

Are there warning signs before a cluster headache begins?

See below:: Season is the most common trigger, occurring in the spring or autumn. Due to their seasonal nature, ch are often mistakenly associated with allergies or sinusitis. The seasonal nature of ch most likely results from stimulation or activation of the hypothalamus. Ch are also common in people who smoke and drink alcohol frequently and a large proportion of the patients have sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I had a really bad cluster headache?

What do you suggest if I had a really bad cluster headache?

Cluster treatment: 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 at a flow rate of 7-10 liters per minute for 15 min. Triptans are also effective for an abortive treatment. Calan (calcium channel blocker) is used for the prophylactic treatment.
Rec.: see orofacial pain specialist for consult. ...Read more

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What is a cluster headache? What causes it, and how can I treat it?

What is a cluster headache? What causes it, and how can I treat it?

Like a migraine: But different. Very severe headaches that throbb, make one want to move rather than stay still and are treated by oxygen therapy most successfully. ...Read more

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How is cluster headache treated? What can we do at home to comfort child afterwards?

How is cluster headache treated? What can we do at home to comfort child afterwards?

Multiple Treatments: Sometimes inhalation of high concentrations of oxygen will stop clusters along with triptans like imitrex (sumatriptan). The treatment is generally directed to prevention of the headaches for which calcium channel blockers are probably most often used. Also used are anti-epileptic meds, tricyclic antidepressants and sometimes even steroids.Get to a peds neurologist for more help. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a mild cluster headache, like definitely in pain but not always excruciating but always very distracting and semi debilitating?

Is it possible to have a mild cluster headache, like definitely in pain but not always excruciating but always very distracting and semi debilitating?

No: Cluster headaches are not mild. They have been called "suicide headaches" because they are so severe, and the pain is not relieved by over the counter medications.
If your headaches are mild and one-sided, then you may need to examine the sinuses, the upper neck, and other areas to find the cause. Go see your doctor. Exam is needed in addition to description of symptoms. ...Read more

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Can Maxalt (rizatriptan) be used for cluster headache? He experienced his first one and was in tears from pain.

Yes, you can try: 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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Cluster headache treatments?

Cluster headache treatments?

Get the right meds!!: Pain from cluster headache is considered the worst pain that exists - for this reason they have been called "suicide" headaches. But, outstanding medications that can rapidly turn off this horrible pain exist. You must get to a headache doctor who really knows how to treat this disease - it is very different from migraines, etc. Options include oxygen, sumatriptan, verapamil, lithium, topiramate. ...Read more

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Could alcohol trigger a cluster headache?

Yes in some: Yes it can dilate blood vessels and this can aggravate the headache cluster. It may not always precipitate cluster headaches. ...Read more

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Do people with cluster headache have a lot of pain?

Yes: Cluster headaches can be very severe. Fortunately there is good treatment available. ...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