Cluster headache: treatment

Treatment of cluster headache

Written by: Dr. Valentín Mateos Marcos
Published: | Updated: 16/08/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Cluster headache occurs primarily in men and producing a puncture feeling pain in the eye or head. Apply a good treatment determine pain intensity. In the following article, Dr. Mateos Mark details the best treatment we receive.

 

Los intensos dolores de cabeza pueden ser de distintos tipos. Known cluster headache "height =" 382 "src =" / files / Image / large / 55505ec7-bd98-4402-b892-4f350a81047f.jpg "style =" float:. Left "width =" 297 "/> Treatment cluster headaches </h2><p>As far as <strong>treatment</strong> is concerned, it is still striking that today many of these patients continue to receive completely nonspecific drugs and low efficacy profile. They are also supplied by routes such as oral, which is not the most appropriate for a problem like this. This therapeutic inadequacy is often the result of <strong>confusion with migraine</strong> diagnosis have many of these patients when they go to the neurologist. That is why the first objective of the specialist consultation is to establish a correct diagnosis at the same time indicate the most appropriate treatment for each patient. </p><p> </p><p> </p><h2> </h2><h2> <strong>Type of treatment for cluster headaches</strong> </h2><p> Thus, considering the high intensity of pain, initiation of it and its relative brevity is designated drugs need to be highly effective. These should be an equally rapid onset of action and, moreover, can be administered by the patient himself, without recourse to the emergency. In this regard there are <strong>drugs</strong> that meet these premises and administered <strong>subcutaneously or intranasally</strong> involve such a rapid and forceful response few minutes that many patients can not but consider the result as "spectacular". A second therapeutic goal is to "cut" the cluster as soon as possible and / or prevent or reduce the frequency of relapses. For this there are also several options, whose specific choice will be based on the personal characteristics of the patient and their associated pathologies. In the case that the drug does not give any result, as in a minority of patients with chronic forms at the same time you refractory, it raised some interventional technique, <strong>by</strong> implanting <strong>stimulators</strong> in anatomical structures keys (targets) in Source This headache. Of these, the hypothalamic stimulation which has shown better results. </p><p> </p><p> In my personal experience, the proper use of the various treatment options available involves a radical change in the quality of life of these patients. The essential premise, as in many other areas of medicine, is to have a correct diagnosis. </p>                            
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By Dr. Valentín Mateos Marcos
Neurology

Dr. Valentín Mateos is a specialist in Neurology. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Extremadura (1982) and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cantabria (outstanding Cum Laude, 2008). He has been National Coordinator of the Headache Study Group (2005-2006 and 2007-2008) as well as member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Society of Neurology and Member of Institutional Relations (2010-2011 and 2012-2013).

The areas in which he is an expert with special interest are Headaches, Stroke and rest of Cerebrovascular Pathologies and Memory Disorders, such as Alzheimer's Disease at the head.

Dr. Valentín Mateos is a member of the International Headache Society (IHS) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), in addition to the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN).

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