Posted by DocGreg (22.214.171.124) on September 11, 1999 at 20:35:52:
In Reply to: Genetic Therapy posted by Ted on September 10, 1999 at 17:08:38:
There is yet no evidence of the genetic component cluster headaches. Migraines do seem to run in the family, therefore, there may be a genetic component. Cluster headaches, running in families, is relatively rare. Because of this, a genetic component is yet doubtful.
There have been several attempts of surgery at curing cluster headaches. Remember, cluster headaches occur in the distribution of the fifth cranial nerve. In theory, destroying part or all of this nerve would relieve you of the cluster headaches pain. This nerve, however, is a very important nerve. It is responsible for sensation on your face. It is also responsible for the muscles involved in chewing. Destroying part or all of this nerve would cause a deficit in these areas. In addition, the brain sometimes does not understand it when it no longer get signals from nerve. It can sometimes perceive pain were there is none. All of the above are risks with the surgery. If, however, they cut the right part of the nerve, it is possible you would be pain free.
Because of these risks, I strongly advise people to try all other methods of treatment before trying surgery.
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