What are the differences between migraine and cluster headaches?

Good question. The honest answer is that we don't fully know, although they are both due to inflation of the lining of the brain. One, cluster headaches, occurs only behind the eye in a region called the cavernous sinus. In migraine, inflammation occurs throughout the lining of the brain. Clusters always occur in one side and cause tearing and redness of the eye. Clusters occur mainly in middle age men.
NIH. Cluster headaches are severe type of headaches which often occur in middle of the night and affect men a lot more commonly compared to females. The pain in migraines can be as severe, but is often longer lasting. The head pain in cluster headaches is often accompanied by eye redness, etc.The exact mechanism isnt known. You can good info on http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000786.H.

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What is the difference between migraines, cluster and tension headaches? Thanks

Migraines - familial. Both migraine and cluster headaches run in the family, and both are related to changes in blood vessels going to the head. Migraines may start in childhood, while cluster headaches are suffered by adults. Cluster headaches are almost always limited to one side of head, and are usually much more severe, and last for many days while migraines last for hours. Tension headaches come from muscles. Read more...

Will magnesium glycinate 600 mg help with migraine and cluster headaches?

Unlikely, unless. You possess low levels of magnesium in your body, but worth a try anyway, if you do not have digestion side effects. Maybe, more success can be found with botox, acupuncture, riboflavin, co-q10, butterbur, or feverfew. Read more...
Possibly. It is certainly possible. The only way to know would be to do a trial. Other supplements that can help headaches are vitamin b6 and feverfew. Read more...

What's a good fix for a terrible migraine / cluster headache?

Sumatriptan sc 6 mg. Provides rapid relief for about 80%. Read more...
Headache specialist. There is a difference between the two. A good history and physical examination will determine which of the two you have. Medications such as Imitrex (sumatriptan) are a good start. Some patients with migraine benefit from nerve blocks or botox. For both cluster and migraine, there are surgical procedures and nerve stimulators that can offer long lasting relief in the right patients. Read more...

I have a headache from last 3 years. Took migraine and cluster headache medicine for it but in vain. Its there the whole day. Tests are clear?

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 eliminated with careful stretching. Food sensitivities can also cause chronic recurrent headaches. The only way to know is to go on a rotation diet. A good source of information is "diet wise" by keith scott-mumby. Dehydration, tmj, sinus, rarely neur. Read more...
Headache specialist. Headaches can come from a very wide variety of sources ranging from stress to problems with your teeth to brain tumors. Sorting this out, particularly in the face of "clear" tests may well require a careful, specific analysis of your specific symptoms and headache triggers. This is probably best accomplished with a neurologist who specializes in headaches. Good luck. Read more...
Exercise, magnesium. Daily headaches are usually due to chronic migraines. The best & safest treatment is botox. It is also the only fda-approved treatment. Take magnesium, feverfew, & coq10, exercise regularly, avoid sugar & caffeine, get enough sleep. For pain try migralex. Read more...

I don't know what they are if its cluster headache, migraine or an underlying issue. I've been getting these, want to say worst headaches of my life, ?

Tension. Most headaches are from muscle tension and not cluster or migraine. Vascular types of HA are more likely to be one sided, pounding, associated with nausea or vomiting and other symptoms. If you get HA almost everyday, then more likely to be tension or stress related HA. Read more...
See your doctor. If your headaches are new, you should be evaluated promptly. There are a number of headache syndromes which may be relevant to your case which have specific treatments. However, they can't be implemented unless you are diagnosed. Read more...

Is it possible to provoke a cluster headache or migraine in a clinical setting to get an accurate dx in a patient? A desperate patient. And treat it

Headache. Headache, particularly cluster and migraine, can be difficult to treat. It would also be difficult to provoke a headache due to the (sometimes) unpredictable nature of this illness. What may be more helpful is a headache journal, where you can log what triggers (if any) are causing your headache and then review that with your doctor. Best of health to you! Read more...