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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 ...
Risk Factors Gender About 75% of all migraine sufferers are women. Although the incidence of migraine is similar for boys and girls during childhood, it increases in girls after puberty. Migraine most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 - 45. Fluctuations of female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, appear to increase the risk for migraines and their severity in some women. About half of women with migraines report headaches associated with their menstrual cycle. For some women, migraines also tend to be worse during the first trimester of pregnancy, but improve during the last trimester. Age Migraine headaches typically affect people between the ages of 15 - 55. However, migraine also affects about 5 - 10% of all children. Unlike migraine in adults, migraines in children occur equally in boys and girls. Studies indicate that many children with migraine eventually stop having attacks when they reach adulthood or transition to less severe tension-type headaches. Children...
It is a good idea to type and print your migraine diary before you see your doctor in order to keep it legible and clean. If you arrive prepared, many of the questions your doctor will ask can be answered quickly and painlessly. Factors to Include in Your Migraine Diary: 1. When your migraine occurred When looking back at your diary, you may see that your migraines often occur during a certain time of day. 2. Location and type of pain Was it a throbbing pain, or steady pressure? 3. Intensity of your migraine Try to place the pain of your migraine on a scale from 1-10. 4. Any possible symptoms , including Aura Numbness Light sensitivity Nausea 5. Disruptions in your daily activity, including Changes in sleep patterns Increases in stress at work or at home 6. Menstrual cycle Migraines often occur more frequently before, during or immediately after a woman’s period. 7. Any possible migraine triggers , ...
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