Cluster headaches are often confused with migraine headaches, but these are two different maladies entirely. Make no mistake; migraines are terribly painful, and people who have them have a difficult cross to bear. But cluster headaches are, believe it or not, even worse. Only those who have actually experienced the horror of them actually know what it’s like. In this article, I’ll give an overview of cluster headache symptoms, for those who are living with them but don’t know what they’re called.
Cluster headaches are nothing like ordinary, run of the mill headaches, as anyone who has ever suffered one can tell you. They are far more painful than the regular variety. Believe it or not, they’re even worse than migraine headaches. The pain of a cluster headache is so intense that most people describe it as unbearable, and when one comes on there is no way for the person to function, unlike a low grade garden variety headache, which can usually be managed. Most people say a cluster headache feels like they’re being stabbed in the eye.
If you suffer from Cluster Headaches then you may know that there is more than one kind of cluster type headaches. There are many different medications for the treatment of cluster headaches but there has not been found that “miracle” drug that rids them completely. Cluster Headaches are not common and terribly painful.
Headaches are very common in our life. Stress, hormones and anxiety can trigger a headache without to much trouble. But not all headaches are that common or normal. One type of headache is very rare and very painful: cluster headache. Cluster headaches start suddenly and doesn’t give any previous warning or symptoms. The pain generated with a cluster headache attack will start, usually, behind one of your eyes, but rapidly the whole side of your face will become red and swollen.
You might think that headaches are one of the most easiest conditions to be diagnosed by a doctor, must that is not true. There are different kinds of headaches and every headache has his own symptoms. Also, every patient will describe his headache in another way. If you think you suffer from cluster headaches, you will need to know what symptoms are considered to be a typical cluster headache symptom.
People who suffer from cluster headaches more often than not will confuse them with a migraine. The pain of a cluster headache can be so intense that it is beyond that of a regular migraine however. Doctors do not class cluster headaches as the same thing as migraines even if some of the symptoms do overlap. There are some similarities between the two but there are also some clear differences.
Have you ever had a sudden and excrutiating pain behind your eye? Did you have this pain occur at the same time within days for several weeks? Then it’s most likely that you are suffering from cluster headaches. By definition a cluster headache is one of the most painful headaches around, and it is often being referred to as ‘suicide headache’.
As you can see on this site, cluster headache is one of the most severe headaches someone can suffer from. My husband, for example, has this desease for almost 10 years. Two times every year, for 6 to 8 weeks, he will wake up at night, screaming from all the pain he has. And those attacks will repeat themselves during the day. In the peek of the cluster period he will have up to 5 attacks a day, and while they are happening the only thing I can do is assure him that it will pass, ’cause that’s the only thing that will keep him sane.