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Over The Counter Treatment For Cluster Headache
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
Cluster headaches: Clusrter headaches are also called alarm clock headaches as it wakes you up at night with severe headache around eye on one side.Motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) are not effective.100%oxygen, tryptans and octrotide injectable, dihudroergatamines work for acute attack. Preventive meds are calcium channel blockers like verapamil, corticistroids sometimes, lithium, nerve block some times may help prevent attacks. ...Read more
Cluster treatment: Since a cluster headache is severe but of such short duration, treatment must provide fast relief. An effective abortive treatment uses oxygen at a flow rate of 7-10 liters per minute. The treatment of choice for the prevention of both episodic and chronic cluster headache is verapamil (Calan), a calcium channel antagonist. See orofacial pain or headache specialist. ...Read more
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
I am going through a cluster headache cycle again any new treatmemt options? Been in remission for a few years this cycle is bad.....
Med/Block/Stimulator: So sorry you are suffering! Most recent reports look at very aggressive neurosurgical approaches only for pts with very severe disease who have failed all medical options. Meds - verapamil, topiramate, lithium, prednisone, Lidocaine (in the nose), + 100% oxygen. Surgery - blocking the occipital nerve, cutting the trigeminal nerve or implanting a stimulator in the hypothalamus (not fda approved). ...Read more
Cluster headache: 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
Sumatriptan + Oxygen: Cluster headaches are 6-12 week episodes of frequent, incredibly painful headaches that each last approximately 45 minutes. First goal is to stop the pain of any headache that begins - this can be done with 100% inhaled oxygen or sumatriptan injections. Second goal is interruption the episode of the. Possible meds are verapamil, topiramate, depakote, prednisone, lithium. Good luck! ...Read more
Is alternative treatment safe or will it cause more harm than benefit? I am a 90% rated disabled vet due to a traumatic brain injury I recieved in the military which led to seizures, cluster headaches, and a miserable quality of living on high dose narcot
Do you mean complementary alternative medicine? This may not help very much with cluster headaches and seizures. Alternatives to narcotics though would be appropriate and probably more helpful.
What are these alternatives? There are about 15 treatments to prevent seizures, if you needed them, and there are about 5-6 treatments to control cluster headaches. Hope that helps! ...Read more
TTH and Cluster:
1. The management of episodic and chronic tth consists of psychological support, physical therapy and pharmacotherapies.
2. 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. The treatment for the prevention is calan. ...Read more
Not really.: It is best to see your physician to discuss other treatment modalities. Self treatment is usually not successful. ...Read more
Consider hypnosis: I can't address the otc medicines, but have used hypnosis with people who suffer from migraines who want to reduce the amount of meds they take. Surely seek medical consult in addition to hypnosis. ...Read more
Maybe: There is no solid scientific data to support the direct cause and effect notion of phenyephrine/oxymetazoline decongestant nasal sprays mimicing cluster headaches. Some link triggers to seasonal changes (fall/spring) or alcohol or extreme variations in body temperatures. The nasal decongestant association may have anecdotal support in certain individuals, but I haven't heard about it. ...Read more
Are there any home treatments or natural cures for chronic headaches (vs. Over-the-counter meds)?
For frequent migraine headaches, magensium and butterbur have been shown to prevent headaches.
For tension headaches, neck stretching and realted physical therapy has been shown to prevent headaches.
What kind of headache do you have? That may be important. Some kinds don't responds to these treatments. ...Read more
Head injury from syncope, hostpital? About 2-3 hours ago, 33 age, male, 140lbs. Fainted hitting his head and chin on counter. Continueous headache, blurry vision, freezing like tempatures, sideways gait, his temp is 97.2 degrees ferinheit. Treatment given
I don't know what they are if its cluster headache, migraine or an underlying issue. I've been getting these, want to say worst headaches of my life, ?
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
Experiencing worst ever cluster headache lasting many HOURS already & sumatriptan injection didn't work. Please help I feel like I'm dying of pain!?!?
If the injection was given more than 90 minutes after onset of your headache, it would be very unlikely to work. However, you may not necessarily be having one of your usual headaches, and need to be careful here.
Infections, bleeding, and increased pressure on brain may be present. In this case, might be best to see a doctor ASAP, even visit an emergency room. ...Read more
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
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
Unclear reason: Shortness of breath is not often listed as a symptom traditionally associated with cluster headaches. However, my patients who have cluster headaches often mention that the pain is excruciating to the point that they feel out of breath. They also tend to pace and are extremely anxious. The anxiety may contribute to the shortness of breath too. Inhaling oxygen dramatically relieves the symptoms. ...Read more
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
Nasty and painful: The upside of a cluster headache is a duration of about 30-90 minutes. It may respond to inhalation of 100% oxygen over 5 or so minutes. Usually a pain med doesn't get absorbed fast enough. Perhaps the best approach is to prevent the ha, and meds such as topirimate, valproex, naproxen, or butterbur work quite nicely. ...Read more
Sumatriptan sc 6 mg: Provides rapid relief for about 80%.Get a more detailed answer ›
Possibly vascular: Although the answer is unknown, the vascular dilation components of headaches, especially cluster headaches, are well known. The pterygopalatine ganglia of nerves primarily affects vascular and secretory functions. Congested vessels, runny nose, are some of the functions. Dilation of blood vessels has long been thought to be part of the pain of headaches. ...Read more
I was doing some research online about cluster headache. I saw melatonin listed as a preventative. Does it work pretty well at preventing cluster headaches? Also how does something like melatonin help such a crippling disorder?
Helps some people: At high doses, 21 to 24 mg, it helps some people. It effects circadian rhythm, which is involved in cluster headache. It isn't the most effective cluster prevention medicine in my experience. I'm available for consults if you would like help with cluster headache treatment and prevention. ...Read more
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
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