We all know cluster headaches are quite famous as “suicide headaches”. These headaches affect out communities in a big way, and can severely downgrade the lifestyle of individuals.
With acute shortage of effective treatment, most doctors may prescribe just whatever will work and is not a big risk to life. So what’s the reason Oxygen Therapy treatment is so easily overlooked?
This treatment was first mentioned in literature almost 84 years ago, so it’s not something new. This therapy is considered fairly simple, safe, and a stable option.
According to Migraine Trust:
Oxygen is one of the safety ways to successfully treat cluster headaches. oxygen needs to be breathed in at the rate of 6-12 liters a minute. This treatment shows results within 20-25 minutes. For some, the attack itself is delayed rather than stopped altogether.
In fact, an article published by National Headache Foundation in December 2017 lamented the fact that oxygen therapy is still underutilized for handling cluster headache:
Despite clear guidelines that recommend the use of oxygen therapy for cluster headaches, the treatment remains underutilized. In a recent study on the reasons for its low usage it was found that it’s mainly due to lack of understanding for ways to write and fill prescription for high-flow oxygen.
In the recent research, the price of oxygen therapy varies a bit throughout the United States, but averages around $1000 a year. The best thing is that it is fully covered under private insurance plans. So-what’s the harm in using it?
If you’re experiencing cluster headaches and are interested in solutions, you can help your doctor in getting more information on prescribing this oxygen therapy. In the US, click thid to email the National Headache Foundation for information.
Prescription information for the UK is available here.
In other countries, talk with your local specialist or call a headache or pain clinic.
For more information on oxygen therapy, check the Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute.