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Nothing could have prepared Liam Dennis for the excruciating headaches which started out of the blue.
It was the beginning of 11 years of pain, as Liam, who lives in Norwich with wife Amanda and their three children, continued to have crippling attacks lasting half an hour at a time.
Liam - People - UK - Cluster - Headaches
Liam is among 66,000 people in the UK who experience cluster headaches. Also known as ‘suicide’ headaches, these are said to cause the most severe pain known.
‘To understand that level of pain, imagine what it’s like to give birth five times a day every day for weeks or months on end,’ says Peter Goadsby, a professor of neurology at King’s College London. Each cluster headache can last anywhere between 15 minutes to several hours, causing pain often described as a burning sensation on one side of the head or around an eye, as well as red, watering eyes and swollen eyelids.
Liam - Attack - June - GP - Years
Liam, who had his first attack in June 2006, saw his GP repeatedly over the years and was prescribed powerful drugs including rizatriptan and sumatriptan injections to shorten an attack, and verapamil to prevent headaches.
By 2017, Liam was suffering more headaches, which were becoming harder to treat. Due to this, he had to take lots of time off work.
Cent - People - Cluster - Headaches - Treatments
Around 5 per cent of people with cluster headaches do not respond to standard treatments. But now the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a report which says a new handheld device could help.
The gammaCore device is the size of a small electric razor, and is held against the neck, below the jaw. Two metal stimulation points send out a small electrical charge to stimulate the vagus nerve...
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