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(406) 252-9000
823 N 27th St
Billings, MT
 
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(406) 252-6334
1633 Grand Ave
Billings, MT
 
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(406) 248-5544
1280 Grand Ave
Billings, MT
 
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(406) 652-2263
2601 Central Ave
Billings, MT
 
Gene's Pharmacy
(406) 628-7217
111 E Main St
Laurel, MT
 
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(406) 255-7463
404 N 31st St Ste 227
Billings, MT
 
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(406) 248-2631
511 Central Ave
Billings, MT
 
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1311 Grand Ave
Billings, MT
 
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209 S 1st Ave
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Cluster Migraines: A Pain That Defies Description

Cluster Migraines: A Pain That Defies Description
By Cathi Stevenson

Loise Coish was about 20 years old when she first experienced an excruciating, stabbing pain in her left temple. This, along with a burning sensation, numbness in her left cheek, a watery eye and blurred vision, left the young woman confused and frightened. Several more attacks followed, and she spent the next few years going from doctor to doctor and visiting emergency rooms, trying to find out what was wrong.

"I have had cat scans done…and cortisone shots to the base of the skull. One shot every three months, or so. This would work for a short time, but after a while the injections were too painful to have done." Suspecting a previous blow to the head was the cause of her severe discomfort, one neurologist even severed the nerve endings at the base of her skull. It was many painful and frustrating years before Ms. Coish was diagnosed as suffering from cluster migraines. Cluster migraines, sometimes referred to as cluster headaches, are similar to migraines in their debilitating nature. Both are vascular in origin. Unlike traditional migraines though, cluster headaches are quite rare and are seen more often in men than women. There is usually no nausea associated with a cluster migraine.

Headaches of all types are a significant cause of chronic pain in this country. Twenty-seven per cent of Canadians under age 45 reported that they suffered from chronic pain due to migraines, according to Statistics Canada. This figure rises to 51 per cent for those over 65, although actual instances of the disorder decrease with age. Many celebrities and historical figures are, or were, migraine sufferers, including Thomas Jefferson, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and Sigmund Freud.

How does a person know if what they have is a migraine, or just a bad headache? The Canadian Migraine Association (www.migraine.ca) says that if you suffer two or more of the following symptoms, you should contact your family doctor to determine if you are experiencing migraine, or cluster headaches.

∗ Moderate to severe headache pain that is aggravated by physical activity. ∗ A headache that lasts from several hours to several days ∗ You experience blind spots, lines, flashing lights or "heat waves" shortly before, or during a headache. ∗ You become nauseous along with the headache. ∗ You become unusually sensitive to light, strong odors, or sound. ∗ The pain is worse on one side of the head . ∗ The pain is pounding or throbbing. ∗ The pain is localized around one eye.

There are many treatments, both holistic and pharmaceutical that can ease the symptoms, and frequency of migraines. These include everything from avoiding certain foods such as aged cheese, and wine to Codeine and other drugs.

After her diagnoses, Ms. Coish began experimenting with a variety of medications, that her doctor prescribed. "Finally, Dihydroergotamine (DHE) ...

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