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Difference between migrain, tension and cluster headaches. What is the cure., and cluster head?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
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In brief: 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.
Surprisingly, the treatments for all of these headaches are quite similar with the tension-type headache's treatment more directed at muscle tension. Prevention is generally the most successful way to deal with any headache.

In brief: 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.
Surprisingly, the treatments for all of these headaches are quite similar with the tension-type headache's treatment more directed at muscle tension. Prevention is generally the most successful way to deal with any headache.
Dr. James Marx
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Dr. Steven Bender
Tension headaches are not related to or triggered by muscle issues. Also, treatment strategies for each headache type differs dramaticaly. Consultation with a headache specialist is recommended.
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry
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In brief: They are different

Migraine is considered to be a nuerologic disorder with episodic presentation.
It is thought that people with migraine have a more sensitive brain than others. It used be thought that migraines were a vascular disorder but science has disproven that theory. Cluuster headache is known as an autonomic cephelalgia probably related to a different part of the brain than migraine.

In brief: They are different

Migraine is considered to be a nuerologic disorder with episodic presentation.
It is thought that people with migraine have a more sensitive brain than others. It used be thought that migraines were a vascular disorder but science has disproven that theory. Cluuster headache is known as an autonomic cephelalgia probably related to a different part of the brain than migraine.
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