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Anyone cure cluster headaches?

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Created December 21, 2012 at 3:15 AM

I've seen a few posts about migraines disappearing after going paleo. Has anyone here had any experience (or know someone who has) with cluster headaches being cured by paleo? I've had them ever since I was 10 years old and though I've only been paleo for two weeks now (no cheats), mine seem to have gotten better, but have not completely gone away. Just curious if anyone has any ideas?

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on December 21, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Yes, I'm sure they're cluster headaches. I was diagnosed by a headache specialist when I first started getting them, and there is a huge difference between cluster headaches and migraines. True, some people who get them do commit suicide, but not everyone.

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on December 21, 2012
at 12:11 PM

Are you sure it's cluster headaches you're getting and not just severe migraines? It's been described by researchers as "the worst pain that humans can experience" and affects approximately 0.1% of the population. Many people who suffer with cluster headaches commit suicide.

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on December 21, 2012
at 05:18 AM

Oh should have also included avoiding sugar.

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at 04:47 AM

Check Lolabees post: http://paleohacks.com/questions/132280/psilocybin-mushrooms-and-dark-undereye-circles#axzz2FdJXV8Ek

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on May 04, 2013
at 02:48 AM

Sorry to bring up an older topic (is that frowned upon here?) But this is really interesting. I started getting headaches--that I now recognize as cluster headaches--when I was five. Just crazy, intense pain right behind one eye or another, to the point of trembling and rocking back and forth with it just to distract myself from the pain. Bleh. I have been misunderstanding them as migraines my entire life except very recently, when I decided to research, and I was hoping Paleo would help them go away but to no avail yet. Every 3 weeks they come back and last 3-4 days.

Mushrooms make me sick and I can't imagine explaining 'shrooms to my fiancee (lol), so I won't look into that, but I want to thank everyone who has shared their own experience here as its shown me that I'm not nuts and that I'm not making more of the pain than it is. Thanks all. Hopefully longer/stricter paleo will help stop or slow them.

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on February 18, 2013
at 05:52 PM

I have had cluster headaches since I was 12. The pain is unlike anything I could ever describe, and I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy! I have been given everything from oxycodone to oxygen tanks to help alleviate them. Funny enough - Dutch's info about psilocybin mushrooms is something I have read a lot about and think there is a real connection.

Since going paleo (only four months now) I have not had even a regular headache (and I used to get them a lot!) - and have my fingers crossed this is a long term help for the cluster headaches as well. Hope you find the same!

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on February 01, 2013
at 10:45 PM

The cause of cluster headaches is not known, and clinical treatment does not always work, but LSD and psilocybin have been reported as effective hacks.

http://www.neurology.org/content/66/12/1920

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/06/lsd-alleviates-suicide-headaches.html

Psilocybin mushrooms might be more paleo. FWIW, paleo alone improves but does not eliminate my migraines.

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:46 AM

I have had premenstrual migraines for years - going gluten free has greatly reduced them. Not fully gone -- but the intensity has gone from Nuclear 10's to a tolerable 2 (if you can consider any migraine type headache tolerable). I have been wheat free and 70 to 80% paleo for over a year. In that time I have had 2 "nuclear 10" migraines - one was when I had cross contaminated foods, the other was environmental and stress induced. Cured? No. I am happy to remain wheat free and keep on the path of paleo way of life because I am not having as many headaches. Other positives include - more energy, less hair loss, stronger nails, no sugar crashes and shakes, less depression issues, fewer sinus issues, not sick as often.. and the list goes on... patience is key - some people respond faster to going off the grains/dairy and legumes.. and listen to your body on food requirements -- I personally can not do 100% vegan/vegetarian - i get cranky... my fix? chicken. Learned by trial and error. Also, read Wheat Belly by William Davis. If you made it this far - thank you for reading!

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on February 18, 2013
at 06:31 PM

I have a friend who prevents very severe cluster headaches by eating psilocybe mushrooms once a month.

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on February 18, 2013
at 06:08 PM

There can be so many causes, the true cure for any headache is to simply eliminate the cause. Trial and error is your best bet if your are having reoccurring headaches, perhaps by keeping a food diary or following leads to what you may expect as to have been a primary cause.

For me, the major cause is a lack of quality sleep.

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on February 18, 2013
at 06:05 PM

try extended water and dry fasting. dry fasting is better, lok up cascading fasting

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on February 04, 2013
at 08:45 AM

music can help alleviate the pain by releasing endorphin. My friend had used it a couple of times and seemed to help her.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTdjI9Mvjto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRu8MNQgdxk

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on January 04, 2013
at 03:15 PM

Going gluten free got rid of migraines for me. I hope it works for your condition too. Maybe due to the severity it might take some time? The only advice I can think of is truly trying completely Paleo, completely grain/starch free to give it your best chance at better recovery. I had to do this (give up all starches) to get rid of Reflux too. I just wonder if maybe those of us with "conditions" have to go whole hog... it's worth it though if it works, good luck!

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on December 21, 2012
at 05:17 AM

My migraines are almost entirely gone by avoiding soy and gluten 99.9%. Wi the exception of days where I did not eat enough. Even then they are not neatly as bad.

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on December 21, 2012
at 05:18 AM

Oh should have also included avoiding sugar.

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on December 21, 2012
at 05:03 AM

I don't know about cluster headaches, but I know some people have been able to cure major migraine problems by going ketogenic. You can use the search feature to find some of those threads, but I am sure there is additional information on google - maybe it could help?

http://paleohacks.com/questions/18939/has-anyone-here-gone-ketogenic-to-defeat-migraines#axzz2FexCcd4z

http://paleohacks.com/questions/126570/migraines-and-ketogenic-range-carb-intake#axzz2FexCcd4z

http://paleohacks.com/questions/595/migraines-and-paleo#axzz2FexCcd4z

http://paleohacks.com/questions/137335/migraines-and-carbs#axzz2FexCcd4z

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