Cluster Headache

 Cluster Headache is a rare but very severe type of headache. It is 6 times more prevalent in men than in women and usually begins in the late twenties or early thirties. The pain is usually centred over one eye, one temple or the forehead. It can spread to a larger area making diagnosis harder. The pain is often described as a “hot poker” penetrating one eye.  A number of symptoms may also occur during an attack, including red and watery eyes, blocked or runny nose, flushed or sweating face, constriction of pupils and a drooping or swelling of the eyelid.

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Cluster headaches can occur several times a day. In about 80% of people, attacks come in clusters that can last weeks or months and the attacks may disappear for months or even years. This is known as episodic cluster headache. 

The remaining 20% of people do not have these pain free intervals and are said to have chronic cluster headache. 

 

What treatments are available?

 

Acute Treatments:  treatments that are  administered once the pain starts in an effort to stop or abort an attack. Further info..

 

Preventative Treatments: treatments that are administered in an attempt to prevent or reduce the occurrence of attacks of Cluster Headache. Further info…

 

Surgery  is seen as the last resort for patients and is only used when all acute and preventative treatments have failed to yield results. You can read about the different surgery options here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cluster Headache

 Cluster Headache is a rare but very severe type of headache. It is 6 times more prevalent in men than in women and usually begins in the late twenties or early thirties. The pain is usually centred over one eye, one temple or the forehead. It can spread to a larger area making diagnosis harder. The pain is often described as a “hot poker” penetrating one eye.  A number of symptoms may also occur during an attack, including red and watery eyes, blocked or runny nose, flushed or sweating face, constriction of pupils and a drooping or swelling of the eyelid.

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Cluster headaches can occur several times a day. In about 80% of people, attacks come in clusters that can last weeks or months and the attacks may disappear for months or even years. This is known as episodic cluster headache. 

The remaining 20% of people do not have these pain free intervals and are said to have chronic cluster headache. 

 

What treatments are available?

 

Acute Treatments:  treatments that are  administered once the pain starts in an effort to stop or abort an attack. Further info..

 

Preventative Treatments: treatments that are administered in an attempt to prevent or reduce the occurrence of attacks of Cluster Headache. Further info…

 

Surgery  is seen as the last resort for patients and is only used when all acute and preventative treatments have failed to yield results. You can read about the different surgery options here.