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Monday, January 25, 2010

Cluster Headaches, hate headaches, treatment and prevention

Thomas comments : I've been having cluster headaches for about twenty years, skipping a year every once in a while. I'm currently taking gabapentin and amitrypaline, seems to be working as of this time (we will see) and I have oxygen (havent tried it yet
) headaches wake me from sleep, last about 30 to 45 min., pacing and or burying my head in the couch cushions while trying to calm my breathing. etc.

Dr Shapira Response: I would suggest that you have a sleep study done because sleep apnea can be a exacerbate or cause cluster headaches as can bruxism and/or jaw clenching thru the trigeminal nerve. The oxygen (100%0 can often supply almost immediate relief.

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