Dealing with Cluster Migraine Symptoms

Having a prevention strategy when dealing with cluster migraine symptoms is important, mostly because only treating the symptoms with medications can seem hopeless. Your strategy may include some these things I have listed below.

Cluster Migraine Symptoms

Cluster migraine symptoms are just like classic migraine symptoms but their timing is different. 

They occur in clusters, thus the name. Clusters meaning a cyclic pattern.

It can last from fifteen minutes to three hours. And having said that, they can recur up to eight times a day.

Agony, sheer agony!

Cluster migraines are known to be one of the most painful types of all the categories of headaches. It is really important to avoid all your known triggers as one way to potentially reduce your symptoms.

It may take some time to learn them all. Triggers can be tricky.

The good news is that these cluster headaches are not life-threatening and treatment does seem to make the attacks shorter and less severe. Effective medication is available for cluster migraine symptoms.

The bad news is that these headaches usually wake you in the middle of the night with really severe pain in, above, below or around one eye, along your temple or on one side of your head.

This may not give your medication enough time to start working, depending on what you are taking. Swelling on one side of the face, like your worse sinus attack, can be common.

Typically cluster migraines last from weeks to even months, but can then be followed by a period of remission. These remissions can last for months and, at times, even years.

Try Medication

Cluster Migraine Symptoms

When the first symptoms occur, instead of filling yourself with dread like I used to, use them as your early warning signal.

Dealing with cluster migraine symptoms is as difficult as dealing with the pain phase.

This is the time to take the medication your doctor prescribed, if you can find an effective one. The triptan family of drugs is really effective if you can take them.

Take this list of medications with you to your next physicians appointment and find the best medication possible.

Cluster migraines are a long, difficult journey. It may be hard to determine your trigger or triggers, and they are severely painful. If you are reading this page, then I suspect you already know this.

Please consider developing a migraine prevention pain management strategy with your doctor, so you can have the best life possible despite this condition.

I have most of these symptoms, and get cluster migraines as well as the classic attacks. The pain is severe, so I suggest, even if you hate taking pills, to try to find some effective pain relief. You don't have to take it/them, but at least it is there for when you really do need it.

Here are some other things to try.

Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule

One of the measures that can be helpful for you to avoid these headaches during the cluster cycle is to keep a regular sleep schedule.

Changing your sleeping routine can be a trigger that sets a cluster migraine into action. Following your usual sleep routine is the best thing to do.

Know Your Trigger(s)

Keep a log of events that you think might be a trigger for your cluster migraine symptoms. Once you have figured out what typically triggers them, avoid them at all costs if possible.

These might help: migraine diary, migraine journal, migraine calendar.pdf so you can print it out.

Avoid Alcohol

Part of the prevention strategy may include the avoidance of alcohol and nicotine, which often appear to be triggers for cluster headaches.

The consumption of alcohol, including wine and beer, can trigger a headache if you are in a cluster period.

People have tried other sources of pain relief such as acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, and even homeopathy, but over the years is it thought that less than 10 percent of these therapies have been effective to relieve cluster headache episodes.

Try Taking Melatonin

Some of the natural medicines may be worth a try.

Melatonin has shown to have a modest effect in the treating of cluster headaches.

And an extract from kudzu was shown to help the intensity, duration, and frequency of the headaches, but did not decrease the length of the headache.

The Impact Goes Far Beyond The Pain

If you are a person who lives with having cluster migraine headaches, it certainly can be challenging, to say the least.

These headaches can be very frightening to your family and friends and most of all to you.

There will be times when these migraines are unbearable.

Your life can be affected because of the decreased interaction with your friends and family. They may affect your ability to work full time.

People without migraines will not understand how painful the attacks are and how much they can actually effect the overall quality of your life.

I always say, the impact of migraines goes far beyond the pain phase. In my experience, migraines effect every area of our lives.

Consider Counseling

Coping with Cluster Migraine Symptoms

You may find encouragement and understanding in a headache support group or you may feel the need to talk with a professional pain counselor or therapist.

Either of these can help you to cope with the cluster migraine symptoms. There is a VERY good chance that the others in the group will be experiencing the same things as you are.

The cause of cluster headaches is unknown, so it is hard to prevent the occurrence. It is very important to have a preventive strategy because only treating the symptoms with medications can, at times, seem hopeless.

Most Importantly Stay in Touch With Your Doctor

Your doctor is your first port of call for getting the right diagnosis and then the right treatment.

There are new things being discovered all the time in the medical world.

I think its important to find a good doctor and stay in touch with them over the years.

This is a life-time condition. It is not a once off thing. And they may change over time. The symptoms can change, the severity, the frequency, etc. It is possible that your condition may be from another more serious problem, so it’s important to rule out the serious stuff first.

Although typically, cluster migraine headaches do not cause damage, it is always best to see a doctor to double check.

Your doctor can prescribe appropriate medication to help relieve the pain during or following the attack.

How Do You Deal With Your Cluster Migraine Symptoms?

Cluster migraines are nasty. Well, they all are. What do you do that seems to reduce the symptoms and pain?

Taking my Naramig at the right time has reduced my symptoms significantly. My face no longer swells up on the left side.

And ice packs, I am never without them in the freezer.

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