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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
See a Physician: Headache attacks occur in clusters over weeks or months, not a single episode. A headache can be a symptom of a serious condition and diagnosis is key ... Read More

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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sireesha Vemuri
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Def: Comes in clusters meaning not present continuously with autonomic symptoms like unilateral pain lacrimation, rhinorrhoea etc.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Cause unknown: We do not know the cause of cluster headaches. The diagnosis is usually clinical. Usually there is significant nasal congestion or a runny nose associ ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
Immediate ER/UC: clinic evaluation for therapy and evaluation.
A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
38 years experience in Transplant Surgery
Get the right meds!!: Pain from cluster headache is considered the worst pain that exists - for this reason they have been called "suicide" headaches. But, outstanding medi ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
Cyclical/clusters: They occur in cyclical patterns or clusters. Some describe it as the most painful headache causing night awakenings with pain around the eyes and one ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
28 years experience in Family Medicine
Get it checked: Have you had any head trauma? Have you had a ct scan? Noninvasive osteopathic cranial treatments are the safest approach to the mechanical aspects of ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Cluster headaches: As w/most types of headaches (aside from infection, excess alcohol or caffeine withdrawal), we have no idea why someone suffers from one type or anoth ... Read More
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ekizian
19 years experience in Internal Medicine
Cluster headache: Cluster headache belongs to a group of idiopathic (unknown cause) headache entities known as the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, all of which invol ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
See below:: Pain comes on without warning & may begin as a burning sensation on the side of your nose or deep in your eye. The pain peaks in just a few min. Folks ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Anderson
Specializes in Neurology
Headaches: Cluster headache is separate from trigeminal neuralgia. It is possible to have both conditions at the same time but that would be very unusual and qui ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Glusker
46 years experience in Neurology
Cluster: Here is a good description of cluster headache: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000786.Htm.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
See below:: Season is the most common trigger, occurring in the spring or autumn. Due to their seasonal nature, ch are often mistakenly associated with allergies ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience in Phlebology
Great question : We dont know. There are genetic and environmental factor that make them more likely but we don't full understand the cause.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tipu Sultan
Specializes in Allergy
Numerous causes: There are several causes for migraine headaches. See PCP. IF HE CANNOT find the cause then we look at environmental hormonal and nutritional deficienc ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Fisher
33 years experience in Neurology
Migraine: I hear it all the time: "I got sinus, doc." They're wrong. That's a myth perpetrated back in the decades of "postnasal drip&q ... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Guarino
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Probably not: While migraines can be triggered by many things, usually tinnitus alone is not likely to do this. If you are having periods of tinnitus related to lo ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience in Pain Management
Go to a: Headache specialist. They can be very bad so you want to have access to the appropriate treatment from a qualified clinician. http://www.mayoclinic.o ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Marx
47 years experience in Pain Management
Very Similar: Cluster and migraine seem to have a vascular component that starts them off whereas the tension type headaches are triggered by muscle overactivity. S ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Unpredictable: But seems to run in families and is associated with carsickness in childhood.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James McDonnell
35 years experience in Ophthalmology
Chronic Headache: Chronic headaches can be the result of a number of things. Often muslce tension in the neck and shoulder muscles can lead to headache and can be elim ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
10 years experience in Pain Management
Several reasons: There are several reasons behind the occurrence of head pains ranging from genetics, muscle contractions, stress, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, tra ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Balog
38 years experience in Pain Management
Both are migraines: The difference is the symptoms and frequency of headaches. Migraine is typically a throbbing pain that involves the whole head. A cluster headache is ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Keller
44 years experience in Dentistry
Possible muscle pain: Temporal headaches at your age are generally due to knots in the temporalis muscle. Put your fingers where you feel the headache and bite your teeth ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
36 years experience in Ophthalmology
Migraine or glaucoma: This could be migraine particularly if you have the classic symptoms of an expanding circle of light that progresses to a zig zag pattern that precede ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience in Rheumatology
Yes in some: Yes it can dilate blood vessels and this can aggravate the headache cluster. It may not always precipitate cluster headaches.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lon Alexander
36 years experience in Neurosurgery
Tension Headache: Brain aneurysms almost never cause symptoms until they leak, or outright rupture. When this occurs, it commonly is "the worse headache" of a person's ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
See below:: Unlike migraine and tension headache, cluster headache generally isn't associated with triggers, such as foods, hormonal changes or stress. But once a ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
35 years experience in Neurology
Possibly vascular: Although the answer is unknown, the vascular dilation components of headaches, especially cluster headaches, are well known. The pterygopalatine gang ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
See below:: Rebound headaches (medication-overuse headaches) are caused by frequent use of headache medication. Pain relievers offer relief for occasional headach ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sachs
17 years experience in Ophthalmology
Migraines: We know that migraines are spasms in blood vessels which results in terrible headaches and sometimes visual auras, butu nfortunately we do not know ex ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Like a migraine : But different. Very severe headaches that throbb, make one want to move rather than stay still and are treated by oxygen therapy most successfully.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Marx
47 years experience in Pain Management
Multiple Treatments: Sometimes inhalation of high concentrations of oxygen will stop clusters along with triptans like imitrex (sumatriptan). The treatment is generally di ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raphael Peralta
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
Not really.: It is best to see your physician to discuss other treatment modalities. Self treatment is usually not successful.
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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
28 years experience in Family Medicine
Try OMT: Have u had head trauma? After the appropriate imaging and testing to rule out treatable pathology, consider a trial of osteopathic manipulative treatm ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
See Below:: Cluster headaches are rare in children younger than 10 years of age and only affect approximately 0.1 percent of children age 10 to 18 years. More com ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wesley Dennis
26 years experience in Neurology
Medication: You might want to try Motrin for a mild cluster headache(200-600 mg) per dose. I have had success in previous patients with Imitrex (sumatriptan) or ... Read More
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