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Beyond medicine, are there other ways to treat cluster headaches?

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Researchers are studying other medicines to prevent cluster headaches. These include melatonin, capsaicin, and valproic acid. If you can't take other medicines for prevention, or if they don't stop your headaches, your doctor may suggest that you try one of these.

If you have chronic cluster headaches and medicine doesn’t help you, a nerve block may be an option. It's a shot of anesthetic medicine that is sometimes combined with steroids. It stops the pain by blocking or numbing the nerves connected with cluster headaches. You get the injection in the back of your head.

There are a couple of devices designed to interupt the lectrical impulses in your brain that triggers cluster headaches. A device called SpringTMS or eNeura sTMS uses a technique called a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Place it on the back of your head for about a minute for release of a pulse of magnetic energy. Similarly, Cefaly uses transcutaneous supraorbital nerve stimulation and is worn as a headband on the forehead and turned on daily for 20 minutes to prevent migraine from developing. There is also a noninvasive vagus nerve stimulator called gammaCore. When placed over the vagus nerve in the neck, it releases a mild electrical stimulation to the nerve's fibers to relieve pain. 

From: Cluster Headache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Cluster Headaches."

Ashkenazi, A. , February 2011. Headache

UpToDate: "Cluster headache: Treatment and prognosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Cluster Headaches."

Ashkenazi, A. , February 2011. Headache

UpToDate: "Cluster headache: Treatment and prognosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

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