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Headaches - Clusterin Phoenix, AZ

Treatment Options

Treatment options may include:

  • Treatments include:
  • Inhaling pure oxygen
  • Injections or nasal spray medications
  • Local anesthetics
  • Oral medications (often too slow)
  • Surgery

There are some preventable treatments available including Verapamil (a calcium channel blocker), corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone), lithium carbonate, and anesthetic injections (occipital nerve block).

Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Pain and/or symptoms on one side of the head
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Excruciating pain centered around one eye
  • Facial sweating
  • Pale skin on face
  • Restlessness
  • Red eyes on the affected side
  • Runny nose on the affected side
  • Swollen eye on the affected side
  • Unusual amount of tears

Symptoms of Cluster Headaches can also include sudden and severe headaches accompanied by:

  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Numbness
  • Seizures
  • Speaking difficulties
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting

Types

Cluster headaches have two categories, chronic and episodic, and it is not unusual for someone with chronic cluster headaches to develop episodic cluster headaches and vice versa.

Chronic:

Cluster headaches regularly occur for more than one year, followed by no headaches for less than a month.

Episodic:

Cluster headaches regularly occur from one week to one year, followed by no headaches for a month or more.

FACTS

  • Attacks occur at night, usually shortly after going to bed.
  • Attacks often happen at the same time of day.
  • Cluster headaches most commonly occur between adolescence and middle age.
  • One attack can last from 15 minutes to three hours.
  • There is no cure for cluster headaches.
  • Specific causes for cluster headaches are unknown.

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