I suffer with Cluster Headaches (severe pain behind my eye, as if someone were using an ice pick behind my eye ball.) This is the only symptom. I take Imitrex which can stop the onset if taken early enough. Sometimes it comes on without much warning and the although the medicine might lessens the pain, it is still severe and debilitating.
I have tried taking daily medicine to prevent it, but it didn't stop or lessen the headaches.
Is a Cluster Headache considered a migraine? If there is a nerve that causes the headache, is there a way to know which nerve, and could it be treated surgically?
I have headaches at least a couple times a week. Some good news would be most welcome! Susan.
Thanks for your question regarding cluster headache and treatment options. No, cluster headaches are not migraines. They're a totally different headache disorder. Cluster headache is one of the most severe forms of headache or other type of pain ...
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...
Cluster headaches are often said to be the most painful of all headaches. They have been described as "boring," bearing, burning," "like a hot poker in the eye," and as "suicide headaches." The age of onset of cluster headaches is most often between the ages of 20 and 40, and they are more common in men than women at a ratio of 2.1. For many years, that ratio was stated to be 3:1. Researchers theorize that women have long been misdiagnosed because cluster headaches were thought to be so predominantly found in men. Several terms have previously been used to refer to cluster headaches: ciliary neuralgia, erythro-melalgia of the head, erythroprosopalgia of Bing, hemicrania angioparalytica, hemicrania neuralgiformis chronica, histaminic cephalalgia, Horton’s headache, Harris-Horton’s disease, migrainous neuralgia (of Harris), petrosal neuralgia (of Gardner). Cluster headache symptoms: Cluster headaches are attacks of severe pain ...
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