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Treating Cluster Headaches

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One of the most debilitating and painful conditions a person can experience is a cluster headache. As the name suggests, this type of headache occurs in clusters. People may experience cycles of cluster headache attacks, followed by pain-free periods. At Nassau Suffolk Neurology, our neurologist will provide you with quality neurological care to help you manage this condition. 

What Are Cluster Headaches?

Cluster headaches occur in cyclical patterns. A person can experience frequent headache attacks followed by headache-free periods. The frequency of these headaches during these cycles can vary, and pain from these headaches can be excruciating. Cluster headaches strike suddenly and without warning at times. Some of the symptoms of cluster headaches can include the following:

  • Severe pain situated in or around one eye but radiates to other areas of the face, neck, and head. 
  • Eye tearing. 
  • Eye redness on the affected side. 
  • Stuffy or runny nose.  

Cluster headaches can occur chronically or episodically. Most people have episodic headaches, which can occur for one week to a year. These headache periods are followed by a pain-free remission period that can last up to a year before another headache develops. Chronic cluster headache periods can continue for more than a year, or pain-free periods are significantly shorter. If you’ve been experiencing cluster headaches, you should consult with a neurologist to find the most effective treatment. 

Treating Cluster Headaches 

Unfortunately, cluster headaches are not curable. Treatment for this condition aims to decrease the severity of pain, shorten the headache periods, and prevent cluster headache attacks. This condition is often challenging to evaluate and treat because the pain of the headache comes on suddenly and can subside in a short time. Cluster headaches require fast-acting treatment. Our neurologist  will evaluate your condition and implement the most effective treatment plan to help you find relief. Some of the treatments available for cluster headaches may include:

  • Oxygen.
  • Triptan Medications.
  • Capsaicin Cream.
  • Steroid Medications.
  • Blood Pressure Medications.
  • Muscle Relaxants.
  • Dihydroergotamine (DHE).

Contact Dr. Anthony Adamo

While cluster headaches are not life-threatening, there is no cure for them. However, at Nassau Suffolk Neurology, we provide various treatments for patients suffering from cluster headaches. To learn more about treating this condition, contact our neurologist today!