Headaches

Casey K. Choong, Janet H. Ford, Allen W. Nyhuis, Shivang G. Joshi, Rebecca L. Robinson, Sheena K. Aurora, James M. Martinez September 3, 2017

Objective

To characterize demographics, clinical characteristics, and treatment patterns of patients with cluster headache (CH).

Background

CH is an uncommon trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia with limited evidence-based treatment options. Patients suffer from extremely painful unilateral headache attacks and autonomic symptoms with episodic and chronic cycles.

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Soma Sahai-Srivastava, Erica Sigman, Ashley Uyeshiro Simon, Lyssa Cleary, Lori Ginoza September 3, 2017

Objective

In this review, we focus on nonmedication treatment approaches to chronic daily headaches and chronic migraine. We review the current scientific data on studies using multimodal treatments, especially physical therapy and occupational therapy, and provide recommendations on the formation of interdisciplinary headache teams.

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Yan Zhang, Jeff A. Dennis, Matthew J. Leach, Felicity L. Bishop, Holger Cramer, Vincent C. H. Chung, Craig Moore, Romy Lauche, Ron Cook, David Sibbritt, Jon Adams September 3, 2017

Background

Given the safety concerns regarding pharmacological agents, and the considerable impact of headache and migraine on the sufferer’s quality of life, many people seek other treatment options beyond conventional medication and care to address their symptoms; this includes complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

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Mia T. Minen, Kate Lindberg, Aisha Langford, Elizabeth Loder September 3, 2017

Objectives

To analyze triptan coverage by insurers to examine (1) possible disparities in coverage for different formulations (oral, intranasal, etc) and (2) quantity limits and stepped care requirements to obtain triptans.

Background

Triptans are FDA approved migraine abortive medications. Patients frequently state that they have difficulty accessing triptans prescribed to them.

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Tsubasa Takizawa, Mamoru Shibata, Takahiro Hiraide, Morinobu Seki, Shinichi Takahashi, Norihiro Suzuki September 3, 2017

Background

It is commonly known that headaches are induced by intake of specific food, drink, and/or additive. In addition, some patients experience postprandial headache independent of ingestion of specific items. Currently, information on the pathophysiology underlying this particular type of headache is scarce.

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Xavier Moisset, Pierre Clavelou, Michel Lauxerois, Radhouane Dallel, Pascale Picard September 3, 2017

Background

Chronic cluster headache (CH) is a rare, highly disabling primary headache condition. As NMDA receptors are possibly overactive in CH, NMDA receptor antagonists, such as ketamine, could be of interest in patients with intractable CH.

Case reports

Two Caucasian males, 28 and 45 years-old, with chronic intractable CH, received a single ketamine infusion (0.5 mg/kg over 2 h) combined with magnesium sulfate (3000 mg over 30 min) in an outpatient setting.

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