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(Message started by: gigg on Dec 21st, 2005, 12:47pm)

Title: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
Post by gigg on Dec 21st, 2005, 12:47pm
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.
gigg

Title: Re: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
Post by SaxeGotha on Dec 21st, 2005, 1:14pm
Sounds really close to what I have. Does your pain ever shift around? Sometimes on the left or middle?

Title: Re: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
Post by E-Double on Dec 21st, 2005, 2:35pm
look up paroxysmal hemicraina and idiopathic stabbing headache (icepiks)

Title: Re: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
Post by chewy on Dec 21st, 2005, 6:00pm
Mild CH
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Jumbo Shrimp

Sounds like ice pick.

Title: Re: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
Post by eyes_afire on Dec 21st, 2005, 8:07pm

on 12/21/05 at 14:35:24, 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_hemicrania.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_continua.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_neuralgia.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


--- Steve

Title: Re: new here - does anyone have mild clusters?
Post by Dave on Dec 21st, 2005, 8:29pm
gigg,

Only a doctor can diagnose you, but cluster headache pain is distinctively  right behind the eye.



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