Cluster Headaches: What Are They?
It seems that many people have never heard of the term cluster headaches, and have no idea what they are. Others have heard the term, but have no idea what it means. Many people think they’re just regular headaches that happen in clusters, or just on one side of a person’s face. Others think they’re just another name for migraines. None of these ideas are correct, and cluster headaches are unlike any other kind of headache. After reading this article, you’ll understand what they are, and how they differ from migraines and ordinary headaches.
It’s true that cluster headaches tend to occur repeatedly over a period of time, and that’s where the name cluster comes from. It’s also true that they occur only on one side of the victim’s head or face. In most victims, it’s the same side all the time, although a few sufferers do report that occasionally the headaches will switch sides from one attack to another. It’s extremely rare for one to switch sides during an attack, however, or to occur on both sides of the head at the same time.
The pain of a cluster headache is far more intense than that of a regular headache, however, and it’s even worse than having a migraine. It’s an overpowering, debilitating, extremely sharp pain that feels like you’re having a sharp knife shoved into your eye, along with the sensation of an electrical current that’s driving the pain. The pain is about the worst thing a human being can go through and still live, and while one is happening, and they can last up to 90 minutes or so.
As you can see, cluster headaches are a far cry from the ordinary, run of the mill headaches which involve a dull, throbbing pain. That’s unpleasant, but it’s nothing like one of these attacks, as anyone who suffers from them can tell you. They’re not even close to being the same thing.