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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 started having headaches about three years ago. To me they seemed to be cluster headaches. They came about one o'clock in the afternoon everyday from December to February. This year, however, my headaches started in mid September and ended mid October. After what I assume was my cluster period this year I began having pain in my left temple that lasts all day long. Sometimes its an intense throbbing and the rest of the time its just a constant annoying ache but it hasn't gone away. I've had an MRI and CT scans and an x ray done in the past all of which were normal. My doctor has not helped me with any of this. He just continues to give me pain killers. I have done research and haven't found anything so I am hoping somebody on here can give me an answer or tell me what to do next. Ashley.
You're quite right to question this new headache. As you probably know, cluster headaches don't last that long, so it's most likely not relate...
Highlights What Are Cluster Headaches? Cluster headaches are among the most painful types of headaches. They are marked by excruciating stabbing and penetrating pain, which is usually centered around the eye. Cluster headache attacks occur very suddenly and without warning, with the pain peaking within 15 minutes. During an attack, the patient is very restless and agitated while trying to cope with the severe pain. Symptoms of Cluster Headache Attacks In addition to pain, symptoms of cluster headaches may include: Swollen or droopy eyelid Watery, tearing eye Stuffy or runny nose Contracted eye pupil Forehead and facial sweating Intolerance to light and sound Who Gets Cluster Headaches? Cluster headaches are rare, affecting less than 1% of the population. Men, usually in their 40s, are much more likely to suffer from cluster headaches than women. Many people who have cluster headaches have a personal or family history of migraine headaches. Treatment Treatment of cluster headaches focuses on relieving...
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