Cluster Headache

Do you know that cluster headache is considered as an uncommon headache type? As we have explained in our previous articles about headache, it is not an easy task for health care professionals to know about a specific type of a headache due to the similarity in signs and symptoms. In this article, we will present you with information about cluster headache, especially the diagnosis.

Cluster headache has caused the most difficulty in the medical world. Cluster headache is an uncommon type of headache and not easily diagnosed clinically. As a matter of fact, cluster headache occurs in around 1 out of 1,000 males and 1 out of 10,000 females. However, cluster headache is relatively treatable.

Diagnostic Standards for Cluster Headache

  • Headache has one of the following factors:
    • Conjunctival injection
    • Miosis
    • Facial and forehead sweating
    • Rhinorrhea
    • Nasal congestion
    • Lacrimation
    • Eyelid edema
    • Ptosis
  • Severe unilateral, orbital, supraorbital and/or temporal pain lasts 15 to 180 minutes untreated
  • No other cause seeming on physical and history
  • Frequency of attacks varies from one every other day to eight per day

As we can see from the diagnostic standards above, cluster headache type makes relatively short headache attacks, lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to 180 minutes (3 hours). The headaches might occur many times daily and happen at night frequently. They can be very severe, mostly centered on the eye and are also unilateral.

Cluster headache patients usually will move around and not lie down when the headache attacks. As a matter of fact, if a cluster headache patient tells you that they wake up during the night with a headache and go out during the winter to help them deal with it, this would be the strong sign of cluster headache.

The short period of headache attacks along with the accompanying autonomic features that usually include tearing and redness of the eye, with plugging of the nostril on that side should lead into an easy analysis.

You should consult with your doctor and other health care professionals to get a better knowledge and information about Cluster Headache.

Kindly bear in mind, this article is not solely intended as the only source of information about Cluster Headache.

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