9/3/07 #4 - Is it possible for a Migraineur to develop cluster headaches?

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    I am a 34-year-old male diagnosed with Migraines at the age of 20. I get migraines pretty infrequently, every 1.5 to 2 years or so and they're usually of the "classic" type with aura. I recently had a headache with no aura that "came out of nowhere". While the pain was limited to one side of my head, it was different in that it wasn't a "throbbing" but a "searing" pain. It was also very intermittent and lasted for several days. When I first had the headache I went to the Emergency Room where they did a CT-Scan which turned up negative. I followed up with a neurologist who diagnosed me with Migraine. After reading some articles on the internet I thought my symptoms sounded more like cluster headache. Is it possible for a migraineur to develop cluster headache?.

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    The simple answer to your question is, "Yes." It's also entirely possible to have both Migraine disease and cluster headaches. It's statistically unlikely that you've developed cluster headaches since such a small percentage of the population has cluster headaches, but it is possible. I'd suggest another discussion with your neurologist. If you're not confident of the diagnosis after that, the best thing you can do for yourself is consult a headache and Migraine specialist. There's a link to our directory of recommended specialists below.


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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: September 03, 2007