Cluster Headaches Cluster headaches are among the most painful, and least common, of all headaches. The pain can be so excruciating that they are sometimes referred to as "suicide headaches." Their signature is a pattern of periodic cycles ("clusters") of headache attacks, which may be either: Episodic . Attacks occur regularly for 1 week to 1 year, separated by long pain-free periods that last at least 1 month. Between 80 - 90% of patients have episodic cycles. A significant number of people who experience a first cluster attack do not have another one. Chronic . Attacks occur regularly for more than 1 year, with pain-free periods lasting less than 1 month. Between 10 - 20% of patients have chronic cluster headaches. The chronic form is very difficult to treat. Typical Cluster Cycles Timing of an Attack. Cluster headache attacks tend to occur with great regularity at the same time of day. (For this reason, cluster headaches are sometimes referred to as "alarm clock" headaches.) About 75% of...
I suffer with Cluster Headaches (severe pain behind my eye, as if someone were using an ice pick behind my eye ball.) This is the only symptom. I take Imitrex which can stop the onset if taken early enough. Sometimes it comes on without much warning and the although the medicine might lessens the pain, it is still severe and debilitating.
I have tried taking daily medicine to prevent it, but it didn't stop or lessen the headaches.
Is a Cluster Headache considered a migraine? If there is a nerve that causes the headache, is there a way to know which nerve, and could it be treated surgically?
I have headaches at least a couple times a week. Some good news would be most welcome! Susan.
Thanks for your question regarding cluster headache and treatment options. No, cluster headaches are not migraines. They're a totally different headache disorder. Cluster headache is one of the most severe forms of headache or other type of pain ...
Prognosis The pain of cluster headaches can be intolerable. In fact, a higher-than-average rate of suicide has been reported in men with these headaches. Eventually, as people age, the attacks cease, but doctors cannot predict when or how they will end. Effects on Mental and Emotional Functioning Anxiety and depression are common among people with cluster headaches, which can affect functioning and quality of life. Auras and Medical Risks About 14% of patients with cluster headaches have migraine-like aura. Recent research suggests that headaches that are accompanied by aura may increase the risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). TIA symptoms are similar to those of stroke, but last only briefly. A TIA is often a warning sign that a person is at risk for having a more severe stroke. Headaches with auras may also increase the risk for eye retinal damage (retinopathy). Aura-related headaches may affect the small blood vessels in the brain and the eyes, thereby increasing the risk...
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