ClinicalTrials.gov is the place to go if you’ve considered participating in a clinical trial for your headache disorder, These are just the latest in 142 headache studies recruiting participants or will be recruiting soon.
Nearly every headache disorder is represented: cluster, tension-type, post-traumatic, migraine, cervicogenic, lumbar-puncture, medication overuse (rebound)…. Treatments range from medication and surgery to diet, coping skills training, relaxation, meditation, yoga, exercise… Again the list goes on.
The diverse collection of current studies include:
- Sumatriptan 4 mg Statdose in the Acute Treatment of Cluster Headache
Conditions: Episodic Cluster Headache; Chronic Cluster Headache
Intervention: Drug: Sumatriptan 4mg Statdose injection
- Rhinogenic Headache Improvement After Nasal Operation
Conditions: Rhinogenic Headache; Contact Point Headache
Interventions: Procedure: Septoplasty; Procedure: Septoplasty and endoscopic contact point correction
- Galantamine in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Headache
Conditions: Post-Traumatic Headache; Head Trauma, Closed; Retention Disorders, Cognitive
Intervention: Drug: Galantamine
- A Randomized Trial to Optimize Discharge From the ED After Treatment for Headache
Conditions: Migraine; Tension-Type Headache; Primary Headache Disorder
Interventions: Drug: Sumatriptan 100mg; Drug: Naproxen
- Pediatric Headache Trial
Interventions: Behavioral: coping skills training; Behavioral: headache education; Drug: amitriptyline
Even if you’re not interested in any of these studies, checking the government’s clinical database regularly may turn up something new that works for you. Searching for “headache” gets the most results, but you can also search by specific headache type. For example, there are 74 active studies on migraine and seven on cluster headaches.