Cluster Headaches

Cluster Headache

The cluster headache is quite common but not as common as migraine headaches.  Cluster headaches are often associated with pain in the eye and forehead section and usually lasts less than one hour. The symptoms of cluster head pain are a runny nose as well as watering of the eye on the same side as the pain. In some cases, the eye can droop and the pupil on the painful side can become small.

The patient may experience several attacks in a single day and these headaches may even happen regularly. People who suffer cluster headaches regularly may end up having very coarse skin about the face.

Cluster headaches is able to respond quite well to medication especially high-dose oxygen.

One variation of the cluster headache is chronic paroxysmal hemicrania. This type of headache is similar to cluster headaches, although it affects middle-aged women more frequently and can often lasts for 10 to 20 minutes. The occurrence of such headaches can be up to 12 times daily. For this condition, patients respond quite well to the medication: indomethacin (Indocin).