More than 70% of Americans will suffer headache pain severe enough to compel them to seek medical attention at some point during their lifetimes. A small but substantial minority of patients experience chronic daily or near daily headaches, which significantly impacts the quality of their lives and the lives of their families.
Types of headaches include:
- Migraines with and without auras
- Tension-type headaches
- Cluster headaches
These types of headaches, among others, initially must be identified due to medical disorders such as strokes and tumors.
How We Help Patients
A first goal is to refer patients to appropriate medical or surgical colleagues if their headaches indicate signs of other medical problems. If no medical cause is found—as is the case with the majority of patients—the goal is to tailor a regimen that effectively reduces the frequency and severity of headaches.
Headache Clinical Nurse Specialist
The clinical nurse specialist is an integral part of our program, serving as a coordinator for the initial assessment and follow-up care.
The clinical nurse specialist is also in charge of our infusion suite, a treatment room devoted to intravenous infusions specific for headaches. The infusion suite successfully functions as a site where patients can be detoxified from medications that perpetuate headaches. Combined with innovative approaches developed at Cleveland Clinic, the headache team has successfully treated many chronic headache patients as outpatients.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 216.636.5860.