Cluster headaches are very painful and relatively rare. They occur in approx. 1 in every 1000 people and affect men 5 times more often than they do women.
They are characterised by intermittent periods of pain with frequent, short lasting and intense head pain. Suffers will typically have between 1 and 10 attacks a day and can last for anywhere from 1 week to a year. This is followed by a period of remission lasting anywhere from 14 days to several years.
Typically these “clusters” of headaches occur at regular intervals. They may come 1-2 times a year (or more or less) at a regular time each year. Some people have chronic cluster headaches that get no periods of remission.
Typical features include:
- Single eye pain that is extremely intense, boring and burning
- Pain can radiate from the eye to the forehead, temple, face
- Watering eye, bloodshot eye, running nose and drooped eyelid on the same side as the pain
- Attacks last 15 minutes to 3 hours
- Multiple attacks a day
- Remission periods lasting 14 days to several years
- During cluster periods alcohol or medication that dilates blood vessels will trigger an attack
The pain of cluster headaches is often so intense that they are nicknamed “suicide headaches” by some.
If you or someone you know suffers from cluster headaches Bayside Headache Clinic may be able to help. The treatment techniques we use to correct dysfunction in the upper neck and desensitise pain referring joints have been clinically shown to help with cluster headaches.
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