What is Cluster Headaches?

Cluster headaches are reasonably rare but quite burdensome. They belong to the category of primary headache disorders, specifically ‘Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias’. Cluster headaches appear abruptly with sudden and severe stabbing pain behind and around the eye, including one side of the head. They are called cluster headaches due to the repeated short-lived nature of the attacks.

Cervicogenic headaches occur when pain is referred from a specific source in the neck up to the head. Some of the common triggers involved with cluster headaches are; alcohol, strong odours and seasonality. Cluster headaches can be confused with cervicogenic headaches and migraines.

Other classical features may include, tearing, running nose, redness of the eye, puffy or droopy eyelid on the affected side. There is an increased incidence in middle-aged men. Sufferers often wake up from sound sleep and describe cluster headaches as stabbing and agonizing with a steady ache or deep burning sensation. The attacks appear to happen at night or in the early hours of the morning and they tend to range from one to three attacks per day over a one to two-month period.

Here at Precision Health we offer services such as Chiropractic care and dry needling which can aid in your recovery from cluster headaches. Call (02) 9639 7337 or visit our website to book an appointment now!

Foster, E. (2022) Cluster headache – headache types, Headache Australia. Available at:https://headacheaustralia.org.au/headachetypes/cluster-headache/ (Accessed: 28 August 2023).

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