Headache

20 July 2004

What treatment is there for cluster headaches?

Cluster headache is a very painful form of headache, which most often affects men, these headaches appear to be localised in the eye, the temple, the forehead or the cheek region. The pain is severe and usually lasts 30 – 90 minutes. It is called a cluster headache, because it usually happens in a series or sequence of painful episodes – often at the same time of day, days, weeks or months apart. Its causes are thought to include heavy drinking and smoking. Treatment largely consists of prevention, but many different types of medication are used, from oxygen inhalation, to steroids to opioids, among others. Recurring cluster headaches must be treated by a doctor.

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Cluster headache is a very painful form of headache, which most often affects men, these headaches appear to be localised in the eye, the temple, the forehead or the cheek region. The pain is severe and usually lasts 30 – 90 minutes.

It is called a cluster headache, because it usually happens in a series or sequence of painful episodes – often at the same time of day, days, weeks or months apart. Its causes are thought to include heavy drinking and smoking. Treatment largely consists of prevention, but many different types of medication are used, from oxygen inhalation, to steroids to opioids, among others. Recurring cluster headaches must be treated by a doctor.

 

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Dr Elliot Shevel is a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the founder and medical director of The Headache Clinic in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. He recently won a high level science debate in which he was able to prove that the current migraine diagnosis and classification is not based on data. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon. Follow the Headache Clinic on Twitter@HeadacheClinic.

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