Menstrual Migraine With Features of Cluster Headache. A Report of 10 Cases
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2002
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 166–167, March 1996
How to Cite
Robbins, L. (1996), Menstrual Migraine With Features of Cluster Headache. A Report of 10 Cases. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 36: 166–167. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1996.3603166.x
- Issue published online: 26 JUN 2002
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2002
- Accepted for publication August 25, 1995.
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Ten patients with menstrually related migraine headaches and significant features of cluster headache are described. The mean age of onset of the headache was 29 years. The duration of the pain was more typical for migraine, with an average of 3 days. The pain was sharp with associated tear formation and nasal congestion. Eight of the women described significant nausea. Only one reported any type of cluster headache outside of the menstrual time. Four patients experienced tension headaches, and four also had migraines not related to menses (without cluster features).
Preventive medications were generally not helpful. The abortive medications that did help included sumatriptan, Cafergot PB® suppositories, and corticosteroids. Oxygen was useful in two patients. While analgesics did help three patients, lidocaine nasal spray was ineffective in four of the women.