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Yes! Acupuncture Can Really Help Relieve the Severe Pain of Cluster Headaches!

What are Cluster Headaches?

There is not a lot of information or help out there for Cluster Headaches. Unfortunately many, including doctors do not understand the severity of these headache types and can be prone to categorize them as “migraines.” Well, cluster headaches are more like migraines on steroids! Extreme and sudden pain occurs with cluster headaches and often patients end up in the E.R. the first time they get one for this reason. It is referred to as the “Suicide” headaches due to the extreme pain causing a desire to die!

However, Cluster Headaches are not an actual emergency.

Read Warning: These Headaches Types Are Dangerous Here

 

Signs/ Symptoms of Cluster Headaches:

  • Severe, Sudden, Stabbing Pain in one Eye
  • Hot,”Ice Pick” Sensation of Pain
  • Watering Eye on Affected Side
  • Headaches occur in “clusters” or clumps of days together
  • “Shadows” of dull pain usually before onset of severe pain

Who Gets Cluster Headaches?

Less than 1% of the population gets Cluster headaches. It occurs more often in male than female. There is some genetic correlation.

  • <1% of Population
  • Genetics
  • Men

Treatments:

  • Medications 
  • Medications in form of Pain Injections
  • Acupuncture

What You Can Do:

  • Avoid Nicotine and Smoke
  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Avoid Stress
  • Get extra Rest 
  • Avoid Extreme Heat
  • Find a Good Support Group (check online)

Avoiding Stress as best as you can and getting added rest can help. Any type of chronic pain wipes out our energy FAST! Patients with Cluster Headaches usually come to me in a s state of exhaustion. Though rare (occurring in less than 1% of the population), Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka treats Cluster headaches almost every day. 

Read: Stop These 5 Headache Types Now Here!

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school.

Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS. She successfully treats patients with all types of headaches, including Cluster headaches.

Aleesha suffered many years herself with migraine headaches. She can truly empathize with her suffering patients and her passion is to help them feel better.

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha atAnokaAcupuncture.com

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in beautiful downtown Anoka at 207 E Main near Andover, MN.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.

Do you ever wonder when you should be worried about your headache pain? Headaches are a common main complaint for patients and acupuncture is an effective treatment for headaches and migraines in Anoka. However, some headaches should never be ignored…When should you seek medical attention for a headache or migraine?

  1. Severe or Sudden Headache!
  • Headaches with severe pain
  • and sudden onset
  • with other Neurological signs

Any headache which starts suddenly with severe pain intensity or with other neurological signs, such as dizziness, vomiting, or unconsciousness can be a sign of bleeding of the brain or another medical emergency and should be taken serious. Often times people will describe this type of headache as a “thunderclap” headache due to the quick, intense pain or as “the worst pain I have ever felt.” Complete medical work-up may be necessary. Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka successfully treats headaches and migraines.

Any headache with severe, sudden onset warrants immediate medical care.

Read a Migraine Headache Patient Testimonial Here!

2. Severe Headache with Stiff Neck!

  • Headaches with severe pain
  • and Stiff Neck
  • and flu-like signs/symptoms

A headache with sudden, severe pain, stiff neck and flu-like symptoms such as fever could be a serious infection called Meningitis and warrants immediate medical attention to avoid permanent brain damage or even death. Headache due to Meningitis may include the following signs or symptoms; confusion, double vision, fever, light sensitivity, nausea and or vomit.

It is critical to seek immediate medical care with Meningitis-like headache in order to avoid permanent brain damage, blindness, deafness, and even death.

3. Sudden, Severe Headache with Dizziness!

  • Headaches with sudden, severe pain
  • and Dizziness
  • possible nausea/ vomiting
  • possible one-sided body impairment
  • Difficulty walking and/or talking

Sudden, severe headache with dizziness and nausea/ vomiting could be due to Meniere’s Disease.  Severe headache may be due to Stroke, especially with confusion, impaired speech or movement (especially one side of the body) or one side of the face appears to be drooping.

It is critical to seek immediate medical care with Stroke-like headache to avoid permanent speech impairment, permanent motor (movement) and/or sensory (feeling) impairment and possible death.

4. Sudden Headache following Head Trauma!

  • Headaches following trauma
  • which worsen
  • with confusion
  • with drowsiness
  • with cognitive impairment
  • with changes in eye(s) or vision
  • with unconsciousness

Headache after head trauma, especially worsening headache could be due to concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury (T.B.I.).

It is critical to seek medical attention which may include brain imaging for worsening headache after any head trauma to rule out concussion, TBI or determine which degree of TBI; it is possible some degree of long-term damage may be avoided with proper medical care.

5. Headache following Two Consecutive (Immediate) Head Traumas!

Consecutive head traumas occurring back-to-back, one following the other is common in contact sports such as hockey, football and boxing and it is critical to seek immediate medical attention to hopefully avoid long-term damage from a double concussion.

It is critical to seek immediate medical attention for Headache after two consecutive blows to the head as a double concussion can occur (even with minor concussion) called Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) whereby the brain swells without time for inflammation to go down in between concussions–This can result in a catastrophic outcome!

Look for a licensed acupuncturist in your area to see if acupuncture can help with your headaches or migraines.

Aleesha D Acupuncture treats headaches and migraines due to many different causes, including Migraine headaches, Cluster headaches, Trigeminal Neuralgia headaches, Hormonal headaches, Headaches due to injury, Stress-induced headaches, Muscle tension headaches, etc. Aleesha has treated patients with long-term issues after multiple concussions and those dealing with the effects of T.B.I.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Why Do Concussion/ TBI Patients Seek Acupuncture?

Acupuncture cannot undue the long-term brain damage with T.B.I., whether auto accident or sports injury was involved in the head injury. However…

Acupuncture can help manage some of the symptoms which lowers the quality of life (Q.O.L.) in many patients with lingering issues from concussion or TBI.

 

Acupuncture often helps patients who have had concussion(s) or minor degree of TBI with symptoms such as:

  • Mood

  • Energy

  • Appetite

  • “Brain fog”

  • Low libido

  • Sleep issues

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha is licensed to do acupuncture in Minnesota and owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture. She has her Graduate degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches.

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha at AnokaAcupuncture.com

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.

 

Which of the 5 Headache Types Do You Get?

How to Avoid These Types of Headaches and Migraines…

  1. Caffeine-Withdrawal Headache

Options: Continue with caffeine addiction to avoid headache or get acupuncture to support you in quitting your caffeine addiction. Acupuncture helps addiction by decreasing cravings, detoxing the body and calming the shen or mind.

Acupuncture is used as an adjunct therapy along with many addiction programs. It is not a replacement, however for a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) or Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.).

 

  1. Cluster Headache (most disabling type)

Symptoms:

  • One-sided pain, behind or above one eye
  • Possible facial pain and jaw pain
  • Pattern of: headaches in clusters (days clustered together)

Triggers: Certain foods, alcohol, nicotine, heat

Options: Avoid your personal headache triggers, Acupuncture, Medications like Imitrex may be needed once headache starts

Patient Testimonial: Acupuncture Treating Cluster Headache!

 

  1. Migraine Headache (severe)

Symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Visual Disturbances
  • With or without aura
  • Worse with physical activity
  • Sensitivity to Light, Sound or Scent

Triggers: Stress, Genetics, Hormones, Weather, Past Trauma/ Injury, Lack of food/ water/ sleep

Options: Pay attention to your triggers and avoid them, Avoid stress. Avoid becoming to run-down, hungry or thirsty. Try Acupuncture; it is well known for effectively resolving migraines in Anoka.

  1. Tension Headache (not severe)

Symptoms:

  • Most common headache type
  • Constant dull, aching pain
  • Constant, tight, pressure across forehead (frontal headache)
  • Tenderness in shoulder, neck, or both sides of head

Triggers: Stress, Anxiety, poor work ergonomics and jaw clenching

Options: Stress reduction (psst! Acupuncture helps!), Meditation, Improve ergonomics at your work station, Avoid hunger and burnout

Aleesha D Ackerman successfully treats and relieves headache pain every day at Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka.

 

  1. Facial/ Jaw Pain Headache

Symptoms:

  • Pain: cheek, ear, temples, teeth or TMJ jaw joint
  • Worse with clenching teeth or poor posture

Causes:

  • Bruxism (grinding teeth)
  • TMJ problem (temporomandibular joint problem)

Options: Apply heat, jaw stretches, mouth guard, Acupuncture treatment, Oral chiropractic massage (if you can tolerate the pain), Improve posture (Yoga), Avoid stress!

 

Acupuncture Treatment for Headaches and Migraines:

Acupuncture is a great place to start managing migraine headaches or pain, regardless of the headache type.

Watch the Military doing Acupuncture on Soldiers to Relieve Pain

Why Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches?

Acupuncture is a safe, drug-free, non-habit forming medical treatment.

Many patients are referred by their doctors to Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka for treatment of headache or migraine when medication has proven ineffective or for those who are seeking a drug-free treatment method.

What Type of Training Should I Ask for Before I Book an Acupuncture Appointment?

Look for an acupuncturist in your area to see if acupuncture can help relieve your headache or migraine. Be sure to ask if the acupuncturist is not only certified, but also licensed. You want to be sure your practitioner has been properly trained to ensure your own safety.

…Be sure to check back for our next blog: “Warning: These Headaches Could Be Dangerous”

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman of Aleesha D Acupuncture.

Aleesha received her Graduate degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches.

These daily headaches lasted over 15 years and kept her from living life. Her first acupuncture treatment brought profound pain relief!

This prompted her to return to school for extensive training in acupuncture to help people just like herself become free of pain and to return to living life again!

You can ensure your safety by being sure to see an acupuncturist who is Licensed!

 

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care.

No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.