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What are cluster headaches?

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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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 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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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