Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
194 Doctors are Online

Suffering from cluster headaches. Can we press cold water bottle against temple to relieve pain?

I m a candidate with cluster cycles every 18 to 24 months, the haunting experience been going on with me for at least 25 years now. I was on imetrix for a while until I had a heart surgery, now being told by my Doctor I can t use so much of it due to the risk factor concerning my heart. I m finding out now when an attacks come, I use a plastic bottle of cold water press against the temple of my head where the pain is intense, I come to find out that it eases the pain and relieves the headache , my question, is it safe?
Asked On : Sat, 9 Feb 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  24
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics
Neurologist 's  Response
Thanks for posting this question in HCM

During the acute episodes, the medicines that are helpful in patients with cluster headache are steroid, nasal oxygen, sumatriptan(not safe with heart problem) . During acute episodes yopu may try nasal sumatriptan after checking with your doctor regarding the safety issue in patients with heart problems.

The medicines that can help in chronic cluster headache are verapamil (you have to check with your doctor regarding the safety in patients with heart problem), topiramate, valproate etc.

You can press cold water bottle in your head if you want without any problem

I think you need to get re-evaluated by a headache specialist/neurologist regarding the appropriate selection of medicine that can help you

Hope this helps
Answered: Tue, 12 Feb 2013
I find this answer helpful

1 Doctor agrees with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor