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what are the symptoms of cluster headache ?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
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 describe the feeling as having an ice pick driven through your eye.The pain almost always begins in your eye and always on 1 side of your face.The eye on your affected side may tear &eyelid may droop. 1-sided nasal stuffiness/runny nose may occur.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
Horrible pain/ 1 eye: The pain of cluster headache is widely considered the worst pain known to exist. It typically centers around the eye and temple area - almost always on the same side every time. Pain episodes come in clusters (often 6-8 weeks at a time) and then vanish (thank goodness). The nose and eye on the same side may drip and eye may become red. Very typical - not a usual headache. Seek help from expert.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Cluster headaches: The headache are excruciating one sided headaches, it can last from 15 minutes to 3 hours.There is no aura like in migraine.But you can have a mild achy feeling in the area of the attack called shadow.Some people describe as the worst pain they ever experience.The frequency of attacks is 1 to 16 attacks in48 hours.These are also called alarm clock headaches as they can wake you up in your sleep.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Headaches: Symptoms include unilateral severe clusters of headaches associated with tearing and injection of the ipsolateral eye and nasal discharge.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
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 describe the feeling as having an ice pick driven through your eye.The pain almost always begins in your eye and always on 1 side of your face.The eye on your affected side may tear &eyelid may droop. 1-sided nasal stuffiness/runny nose may occur.
Dr. Jerome Lisk
Neurology 23 years experience
Symptoms of Cluster: Symptoms are- Excruciating pain, generally located in or around one eye, but may radiate to one side of the face, head, neck and shoulders. Restlessness, Excessive tearing,Redness in your eye on the affected side, Stuffy or runny nasal passage in your nostril on the affected side of your face, Sweaty, pale skin (pallor) on your face Drooping Eye lid in the eye on the affected side of your face.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Cluster headache: is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. Because of the intense pain, cluster patients often pace the floor or bang their heads during headache episodes. The pain of cluster headache is excruciating and it is not unusual for a patient to yell or cry. The headache is unilateral and is centered behind or around the eye with autonomic symptoms.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is a cluster headache? What causes it, and how can I treat it?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
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 61-year-old male asked:

Cluster headache treatments?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
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 medications that can rapidly turn off this horrible pain exist. You must get to a headache doctor who really knows how to treat this disease - it is very different from migraines, etc. Options include oxygen, sumatriptan, verapamil, lithium, topiramate.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is a cluster headache?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
BAD headache: A cluster headache is a relatively rare type of headache characterized by brief attacks of excruciating pain behind one eye and autonomic symptoms (watery eyes, runny nose, sweating). These headaches occur in series (clusters) of 1-8 per day (often like clock-work) that last for weeks or months. Extremely painful!
A 30-year-old member asked:

At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about cluster headache. Is that ok?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Important history: It depend why you visited the doctor--of course your symptom may or may not be related.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my cluster headache?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Ibuprofen: The first line treatment for this type of headache is ibuprofen.

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