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Season's Change Can Bring on Cluster Headaches

Posted 29 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 – Nearly 1 million Americans face the threat of cluster headaches since summer officially arrived, an expert says. That's because people's biological rhythms are linked with the Earth's rotation, according to Dr. Brian Grosberg, director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. Cluster headaches occur close together and often on the same day. On average, they last 30 minutes to three hours. About 80 percent of people with cluster headaches experience them for 12 weeks each year, often during seasonal changes. "Cluster headache, also known as 'suicide headache,' is a neurological disorder characterized by severe pain behind or around one's eye," Grosberg said in a Montefiore news release. "It is one of the most painful conditions a person can experience, even more incapacitating than a migraine." He offered the following advice for those who get cluster ... Read more

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Health Tip: Have Your Headaches Evaluated

Posted 3 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Headaches, especially when they occur suddenly and frequently, can signal a serious condition that requires more than an over-the-counter pain reliever. The Womenshealth.gov says your doctor should evaluate your head pain if you: Have headaches that occur several times per month and last for hours, or even days, at a time. Have headaches that interfere with school, work or home. Have headaches accompanied by vision changes, vomiting or nausea, numbness or tingling. Have headaches that cause pain around an ear or eye. Have headaches that are severe and are accompanied by a stiff neck. Have headaches accompanied by confusion, loss of alertness or convulsions. Have frequent headaches all of a sudden, when headaches used to be rare. Read more

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Health Tip: Keep a Headache Diary

Posted 4 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

-- If you suffer from migraines, identifying what you've been eating, drinking or doing can help you keep these painful headaches under control. The womenshealth.gov Web site suggests what to log in a headache diary: The date and time of the migraine. The activity you were doing and where you were when the pain began. A list of all foods and drinks consumed within 24 hours of when the migraine began. For women, the span of your menstrual cycle. Read more

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Got a Headache? Your Body May Be Telling You Something

Posted 21 Dec 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 21 – Headaches are truly miserable things. There's little good to be said about throbbing, crushing, skull-pounding pain that makes you wince and moan. Yet headaches can tell a lot about a person. They can indicate things you're doing that aren't good for you. They also can warn of serious illness. "A headache can be a symptom of a simple organic disorder, a serious or complicated disorder, or it can be individually characteristic, like a tension headache or a migraine," said Dr. Seymour Diamond, director of the Diamond Headache Clinic and director of the inpatient headache unit at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. "There are multiple causes or variations of headaches." Dr. Ellen Beck, a family physician and clinical professor in family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego, said that people normally have one of two types of headaches: those ... Read more

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Scientists Discover Substance That Causes Pain

Posted 28 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 28 – The human body produces a substance similar to capsaicin – which makes chili peppers hot – at sites of pain, and blocking production of this substance can ease pain, a new study shows. The findings may lead to the development of non-addictive painkillers, according to the researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In work with mice, the scientists found that a family of fatty acids called oxidized linoleic acid metabolites (OLAMs) play an important role in the biology of pain. "This is a major breakthrough in understanding the mechanisms of pain and how to more effectively treat it," senior investigator Kenneth Hargreaves, chair of the Department of Endodontics in the Dental School at the UT Health Sciences Center, said in an UT news release. "These data demonstrate, for the first time, that OLAMs constitute a new family of ... Read more

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Oxygen Therapy May Relieve Cluster Headache Pain

Posted 9 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 8 – High-flow oxygen appears to be an effective treatment for cluster headaches, British researchers have found. People with cluster headaches can have as many as eight per day in bouts that last for weeks or months. The current treatment is injection with the drug sumatriptan, but frequent use of the drug isn't recommended because of the risk of adverse effects. High-flow oxygen is also used to treat cluster headaches, but its use is limited because of a lack of good quality controlled studies. This new study included 76 adult patients, aged 18 to 70, with either episodic cluster headache (57) or chronic cluster headache (19). During four cluster headache episodes, the patients alternatively received high-flow oxygen (inhaled oxygen at 100 percent, 12 liters per minute, delivered by face mask, for 15 minutes at the start of the attack) or placebo (high-flow air). The ... Read more

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