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What else can I do for ice pick headaches other than use a beta-blocker?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
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In brief: Lots of things

There are many treatments, both medical and nutritional to help with cluster headache or migraine.
Decreasing stress, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine and avoiding dehydration are a start. Many people get rebound headaches from taking pain medication regularly. These can be severe like a migraine or a cluster cycle headache. Lastly, there are a number of classes of medication.

In brief: Lots of things

There are many treatments, both medical and nutritional to help with cluster headache or migraine.
Decreasing stress, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine and avoiding dehydration are a start. Many people get rebound headaches from taking pain medication regularly. These can be severe like a migraine or a cluster cycle headache. Lastly, there are a number of classes of medication.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Oxygen?

Ice-pick headaches are another name for cluster headaches.
Sometimes typical migraine treatment (imitrex, etc) can help. An old remedy that sometimes works very well is oxygen. Next time you're having a headache, see if your doctor will administer oxygen. If it's going to work, it typically works in less than 5-10 minutes. If so, it can be an inexpensive, easy solution even for home use.

In brief: Oxygen?

Ice-pick headaches are another name for cluster headaches.
Sometimes typical migraine treatment (imitrex, etc) can help. An old remedy that sometimes works very well is oxygen. Next time you're having a headache, see if your doctor will administer oxygen. If it's going to work, it typically works in less than 5-10 minutes. If so, it can be an inexpensive, easy solution even for home use.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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