Prognosis The pain of cluster headaches can be intolerable. In fact, a higher-than-average rate of suicide has been reported in men with these headaches. Eventually, as people age, the attacks cease, but doctors cannot predict when or how they will end. Effects on Mental and Emotional Functioning Anxiety and depression are common among people with cluster headaches, which can affect functioning and quality of life. Auras and Medical Risks About 14% of patients with cluster headaches have migraine-like aura. Recent research suggests that headaches that are accompanied by aura may increase the risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). TIA symptoms are similar to those of stroke, but last only briefly. A TIA is often a warning sign that a person is at risk for having a more severe stroke. Headaches with auras may also increase the risk for eye retinal damage (retinopathy). Aura-related headaches may affect the small blood vessels in the brain and the eyes, thereby increasing the risk...
Treatment for Acute Attacks Oxygen Therapy Breathing pure oxygen (by face mask, for 15 minutes or less) is one of the most effective and safest treatments for cluster headache attacks. It is often the first choice treatment. Inhalation of oxygen raises blood oxygen levels, therefore relaxing narrowed blood vessels. Triptans Triptans are drugs that are usually used to treat migraine headaches. They can also help stop a cluster attack. An Injection of sumatriptan (Imitrex) is the standard triptan treatment and is FDA-approved for cluster headaches. Sumatriptan injections work within 15 minutes in about three quarters of most cluster attacks. The nasal spray form may also be effective for some patients, and generally provides relief within 30 minutes. The spray seems to work best for attacks that last at least 45 minutes, although some people find it does not work as well as the injectable form. Zolmitriptan (Zomig) is another triptan drug used for cluster headache treatment. It is given in e...
hi my name is angelique and ive been waking up with headaches for a few weeks bow but not only does my head hurt my left eye ball feels very dry its feel as if the back of my eye ball is dry does that mean anything im kinda scared to go to the doctors. angelique.
We understand being scared to go to the doctor, but really, not going to the doctor should be more frightening.
Your symptoms could mean many things - Migraine or another headache disorder, an issue with your eye, or many other things.
Waking with a headache is often an indication that there are problems with your sleep - too much sleep, too little sleep, an irregular sleep schedule, disrupted sleep, or poor quality sleep. Take a look at Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep .
It truly is important for you to see your doctor to find out what these symptoms mean and get proper treatment. Because answe...
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