Cluster headaches are the most intense types of headaches, even more painful than migraines. They are called cluster headaches because they occur in groups or “clusters”, as often as eight times in a day. They can last for weeks or even months, which makes them even severe. Your headaches can go into remission for years, but come back at any time. They can occur during the day or awake you from sleep.
Fortunately, only a small portion of the population experiences these headaches. Cluster headaches can be a major inconvenience and in some cases become debilitating. Certain triggers have been associated with worsening or contributing to cluster headaches such as nicotine, alcohol, and sleep apnea.
At our practice, we will work on finding the cause and triggers for your cluster headache, and come up with a treatment plan for you.
Cluster Headache Treatment
Over the counter medications that you may use for migraines most likely will be ineffective for cluster headaches. There are medications available to help fight the symptoms of cluster headaches. Oxygen inhalation therapy has been shown to be helpful, as well as specialized injections.
Preventive medications can help stop cluster headaches when taken early. Preventive medication is recommended for people who suffer from regular cluster headaches. If all other treatment options have been tried without success, surgery might become an option.
Dr. Latimer has several years of experience treating pediatric and adult patients who suffer from cluster headaches in Bethesda, MD. Get relief from chronic cluster headaches by calling the Latimer Neurology Center at (202) 625-4898.