What is Worse than a Migraine? Cluster Headaches Explained

Cluster headaches can be more serious than migraines, but they usually don't last as long. These are the least common types of headaches, affecting less than one in 1,000 people. Cluster headaches, which occur in cyclical patterns or periods in outbreaks, are one of the most painful types of headache. A cluster headache usually wakes you up in the middle of the night with severe pain in or around one eye on one side of your head.

It may be difficult for your doctor to know if you have migraine headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches, cluster headaches, or a combination of these types. The symptoms of these headaches are usually the same and no test can diagnose headaches. For example, you may think that your headaches are sinus headaches. But if they happen frequently and interfere with your daily life, they are probably migraines. A true sinus headache is caused by a sinus infection.

Usually on one side of the head with pressure behind one eye Pulsating, pulsating headache that is moderate to severe. The rare suicidal headache is less well known than migraines, is widely misunderstood and is often described as the worst pain known to humans. Psychedelic drugs are being explored as a treatment, but research is still scarce. Cluster headache is one of the most painful conditions that can be experienced by those who have felt it rate pain as considerably worse than that of childbirth, kidney stones and gunshot wounds. It's not like any other kind of headache; it's a completely different beast. However, when people like me go to the hospital or our doctors, we rarely get the help we need. Medical professionals often attribute pain as a migraine attack, a misdiagnosis that can take years or even decades to correct, meaning a long wait before effective treatment can finally be prescribed.

Migraines often produce symptoms that are more intense and debilitating than headaches. One of the most painful conditions that a person can have cluster headache is a primary headache, that is, a headache due to the headache condition itself and not because of another cause. Cluster headache is one of the most painful conditions a person can have. It is a rare type of headache, about 1 in 1000 people have it. It is more common in men than in women.

It usually starts when people are between the ages of 30 and 40 (but can affect people of any age).The main symptom is an unbearable headache on one side of the head, often around the eye. It occurs most often in cycles or groups. Many people find that attacks occur at night and can wake up in the middle of the night, very often at the same time every night. Some people experience nausea and sensitivity to light during cluster headache.

Some people have aura, but this is considered rare. Most people do not feel pain, but are exhausted after an attack. People are likely to experience episodes of frequent attacks (cluster periods) that last from weeks to months. This is followed by a period of remission in which the person does not have a headache for months, or even years. During a period of outbreaks, headaches can occur every day, every other day, and sometimes many times a day.

It can also happen at the same time of day. People can find the beginning of the group, and the duration is constant from one fight to the next. Some people experience cluster headache seasonally, during spring or autumn, and at the same time each year. Cluster headache tends to improve with age, and people have less frequent episodes and prolonged periods of remission. It is not clear what causes cluster headache. However, it is believed to be related to the hypothalamus.

The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that is responsible for a variety of body functions such as body temperature, thirst, sleep cycles, blood pressure and heart rate. For some people there may be a family bond. Often people who develop cluster headache are smokers. People with cluster headache are often referred to a consultant neurologist or headache specialist for review. GammaCore an electrical device can be used as an acute or preventive treatment not suitable for everyone. Verapamil is the preventive treatment of choice for cluster headache.

It can cause abnormal heart rhythms in some people so regular monitoring by heart monitoring (ECG) is required. Other things that may be effective include lithium melatonin and sphenopalatal ganglion stimulation. During a group fight many people find that alcohol and strong smells can trigger an attack it is useful to avoid them if possible. OUCH UK (Organization for Understanding Cluster Headache) raise awareness about cluster headache and provide information and support to people affected by cluster headache We can help with questions about cluster headache Find out how VisualV1 here - ArrowCreated with Sketch Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive all the news from migraine community. Cluster headache is a type of autonomic trigeminal headache which affects the hypothalamus a brain structure of autonomic nervous system and affects first branch of trigeminal nerve. Raise awareness about cluster headache and provide information and support to people affected by it A specialist called neurologist or headache specialist will rule out other problems that can cause headaches Medication overuse headaches occur when person takes too many medications to treat primary headache Here's what you need to know about symptoms causes and treatment options for these two different types of headaches. Tension headaches are common primary headache disorder that affects about 42 percent adults Exact cause cluster headaches unknown but cluster headache patterns suggest abnormalities body's biological clock (hypothalamus) play role Treatment both cluster headache migraine involves use so-called rescue...

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