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 ...
I started having headaches about three years ago. To me they seemed to be cluster headaches. They came about one o'clock in the afternoon everyday from December to February. This year, however, my headaches started in mid September and ended mid October. After what I assume was my cluster period this year I began having pain in my left temple that lasts all day long. Sometimes its an intense throbbing and the rest of the time its just a constant annoying ache but it hasn't gone away. I've had an MRI and CT scans and an x ray done in the past all of which were normal. My doctor has not helped me with any of this. He just continues to give me pain killers. I have done research and haven't found anything so I am hoping somebody on here can give me an answer or tell me what to do next. Ashley.
You're quite right to question this new headache. As you probably know, cluster headaches don't last that long, so it's most likely not relate...
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...
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