Horrific night pain but...

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Posted by Angel ( on November 01, 1999 at 03:08:49:

I guess that's normal around here! My husband has been waking during the night - right around 2 hours after he goes to sleep - with debilitating headaches that doctors have classified as cluster headaches(Cephalgia). This only happens during the fall season which we think is allergy related. The past 2 years he has gone to the doctor who has given him Sinuvent which does nothing to ease the pain. This year he even gave him an antibiotic when there has never been any sign of an infection. Is an antibiotic a normal prescription for cluster headaches? I feel it's not and I think he needs to visit a neurologist. In our town there aren't many doctors(and no neurologists) who have a clue, but we do have some wonderful doctors in neighboring towns. What should his next step be? Should he find another doctor or move on to a neurologist? Anything I can find out would be wonderful, since I'm sure you know the pain he is in every single night. It's becoming very difficult for him to even go to work when he can't get more than 2 hours' sleep a night. It's also playing big on me and the kids because he is very understandably ill and short-tempered. I suffer with chronic headaches myself but I can't imagine what his feel like. After reading up a lot, I've seen 3 meds that are used for these headaches. Sansert, Tegretol, and Topamax. Are these all the same type meds and do they work? I would be entirely too grateful for some help! Thanks so much!

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