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Saturday, September 25, 2010 Rozzie Wright, Community Member, asks

Q: have you ever heard of a headache moving from one spot to another?

my headaches are similar to cluster headaches, except they move.i have pain over my left eye,around my temple, congestion in the face all on the same side.they last for three to four adays at a time.i can feel it move to the back of my head before it goes away.what kind is this?

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
9/26/10 1:38pm

Hi Rozzie,


I really want to help you with an answer to your question, but unfortunately, it cannot be answered online. You see, the thing is a diagnosis can only be given by a qualified doctor who can review your medical history, go over your family's medical history and do a complete exam in person.


Now that I've said all that - what I can do is give you some information you may want to share with your doctor.


Cluster headache are often called "suicide headaches" because they are some of the worst head pain one can imagine. These attacks last anywhere from 15 minutes to 180 minutes and can happen once a day, once every other day, or even up to eight times a day. The symptoms are usually unilateral (one side of the head) and with running nose and watery eyes among others. For more information on this type of headache continue reading; Cluster Headaches - The Basics.


BUT - There are other types of Migraine that have similar symptoms to the one you described that are more common. That is why it is so important to have an accurate diagnosis. Anatomy of a Migraine goes over the four phases of a Migraine attack and their symptoms - but not everyone gets every  phase. For example, I usually don't have the aura phase, but do have the other three. During the headache phase (third phase) it isn't uncommon for people to have nasal congestion, sensitivity to light and sound and other. Continue reading Anatomy of a Migraine for more information and The Type of Migraine Does Matter.


Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It's Probably Migraine isanother excellent article - in fact a "must read" for people who think they have sinus issues.


Good luck



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By Rozzie Wright, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 09/25/10