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new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
« on: Dec 21st, 2005, 12:47pm »
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WOW great site and board.  
 
Does anyone have mild cluster headaches or does that mean it is not a true cluster type headache. After reading through some of the info, I will be praying for some of you.  
 
I have had migraines that are related to female hormones in the past and that are under control with the use of magnesium, Vitamin B-6 and a few others. I have recently started to have stabbing head pains on the right side of my head off and on. It has been years since I have expereinced these type of headaches. Thought they might have been stress related and since I am full time at home now, had not had them for years.  
 
Severe sharp pain that takes my breath away and feels like it stops my heart for a few seconds. I often can not see for those few seconds or just shut my eyes I guess. I consciously choose to do relaxation breathing and the pain usually goes away as quick as it came. Most commonly it is only on the right side of my head just above and in front of my right ear. This pain will reoccur several times in a few minutes or off and on for a few hours. This does not seem to be as severe as what I have begun to read about cluster headaches, but maybe this is a mild case or the way it begins for some???  
 
I also have wondered if it is a blood vessel that swells from time to time, causing pressure pain that could cause a stroke sometime. It seems so severe but lasts only a few seconds at a time and then may happen several times in a day and then happen again for another few times for a few days and then it won't happen for months.  
 
I do reach for water any time I get a headache and try to keep well hydrated in general. I think this helps.  
 
Any helpful info from your experiences will be appreciated.  
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Re: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
« Reply #1 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 1:14pm »
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Sounds really close to what I have. Does your pain ever shift around? Sometimes on the left or middle?
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Re: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 2:35pm »
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look up paroxysmal hemicraina and idiopathic stabbing headache (icepiks)
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 6:00pm »
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Sounds like ice pick.
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Re: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 8:07pm »
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on Dec 21st, 2005, 2:35pm, E-Double wrote:
look up paroxysmal hemicraina and idiopathic stabbing headache (icepiks)

 
Here's a starting point to help out:
 
Here are my favorite links describing some of the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TACs):  
 
 
cluster headache:
 
http://www.hospital-doctor.co.uk/hd_news/hd_news_article.asp?ID=2498& ;Section=Feature
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/clusterheadache.html
 
http://www.emedicine.com/EMERG/topic229.htm
 
 
chronic paroxysmal hemicrania:  
 
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paroxysmal_hemicrania/paroxysmal_hemi crania.htm
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/paroxysmal.html
 
http://www.emedicine.com/NEURO/topic67.htm
 
 
hemicrania continua:  
 
http://www.achenet.org/articles/6.php
 
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/hemicrania_continua/hemicrania_contin ua.htm
 
 
SUNCT syndrome:  
 
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sunct/sunct.htm
 
http://www.imigraine.net/other/sunct.html
 
 
idiopathic stabbing headache:  
 
http://www.imigraine.net/other/stab.html
 
http://www.relieve-migraine-headache.com/ice-pick-headache.html
 
 
 
The following links are of headaches that are not TACs but are often confused with TACs:
 
 
trigeminal neuralgia:  
 
http://www.achenet.org/articles/18.php
 
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/trigeminal_neuralgia/trigeminal_neura lgia.htm
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/trigeminalneuralgia.html
 
 
migraine:
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/migraine.html
 
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/migraine/migraine.htm
 
 
basilar migraine:
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/basilarmigrane.html
 
http://headaches.allinfoabout.com/articles/btm.htm
 
http://groups.msn.com/BasilarArteryMigraineBAM/warningabouttripans.msnw
 
 
hemiplegic migraine:
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/hemiplegic.html
 
http://www.achenet.org/kids/hemi.php
 
 
cyclic migraine syndrome:
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/cyclicmigrane.html
 
 
ocular migraine:
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/ocularmigraine.html
 
 
sexual benign headache:
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/sexual.html
 
http://www.imigraine.net/other/coital.html
 
 
thunderclap headache:
 
http://www.imigraine.net/other/thunder.html
 
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/topicsheets/thunderclap.html
 
 
cough headache:
 
http://www.imigraine.net/other/cough.html
 
 
hypnic headache:  
 
http://www.mhni.com/faqs_unique.htm#hypnic
 
http://www.mhni.com/faqs_other_headaches.html#hypnic  
 
 
 
DISCLAIMER:  This is no substitute for a diagnosis.  See the neurologist for a diagnosis.  This is only to point people in the right direction  
 
 
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Re: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 8:29pm »
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gigg,
 
Only a doctor can diagnose you, but cluster headache pain is distinctively  right behind the eye.
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