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"Relief of cluster headache and cranial neuralgias - Promising prophylactic and symptomatic treatments"

   By Donald J. Dalessio, MD. Found in Vol 109 / No 1 / January 2001 / Postgraduate Medicine.   "Surgical procedures include sphenopalatine ganglionectomy, radiofrequency thermocoagulation of the trigeminal ganglion, and section of the trigeminal nerve. However, the corneal anesthesia that results from these procedures puts the ipsilateral eye at risk. Use of glycerol injection into the trigeminal cistern to treat intractable cluster headache has resulted in significant pain relief and poses no risk to the cornea."

Gamma Knife

   "...The Gamma Knife offers a non-invasive alternative for many patients for whom traditional brain surgery is not an option and removes the physical trauma and the majority of risks associated with conventional surgery..." This site also offers a video courtesy of The Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital."

"Greater occipital nerve blockade for cluster headache"

by MFP Peres, MA Stiles, et al. Blackwell-Synergy offers this abstract from "Cephalalgia" Volume 22, Issue 7, Page 520 - September 2002 - "...We treated 14 cluster headache patients with greater occipital nerve block as transitional therapy (treatment initiated at the same time as preventive therapy). The mean number of headache-free days was 13.1+23.6. Four patients (28.5%) had a good response,..."

Personal Experiences

Unsuccessful Surgery for CH

  Barbara's experience and her devotion to helping other CH sufferers.

Surgery to Stop CH

  One sufferer's experience with trigeminal nerve surgery to alleviate the pain of cluster headache.

Radio Frequency Lesion

  "I am 48-year-old female, who since undergoing surgery for CH have been painfree since 1988. Here is my story."

Injection into Nerve

  Lidocaine injection to relieve CH pain.

Michael's Search for Pain Relief

  "Hereís a little background information about me:
My name is Michael and I am 34 years old. I live in southern Indiana. Iíve had cluster headaches since I was 19. I was episodic for the first 12 years with ONLY right-sided headaches and average cycles lasting 6 Ė 9 weeks. Even then, nothing helped until the production of Imitrex injections. It was a struggle, but that time seems so easy compared to now. I am now chronic and have been for almost 4 years..."

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