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I get severe headaches that start from the eye lid through one side of the head and finish near the neck. Could it becluster headache or migraine?

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Migraine

You need to have proper exam by a neurologist, MRI and lab workup to rule in a migraine.
Cluster headaches are extremely severe, people with broken bones describe it worse that a broken tibia that has extreme pain. Cluster headaches are much more rare than migraines and belong to the trigeminal cephalgia group. The pain is usually unbearable. There may be some watering or redness of the eye.

In brief: Migraine

You need to have proper exam by a neurologist, MRI and lab workup to rule in a migraine.
Cluster headaches are extremely severe, people with broken bones describe it worse that a broken tibia that has extreme pain. Cluster headaches are much more rare than migraines and belong to the trigeminal cephalgia group. The pain is usually unbearable. There may be some watering or redness of the eye.
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: See neurologist

Does not sound like cluster pattern, but could be migraine, but also may be due to dental, jaw, neck issues, and would assess occipital neuralgia.
Get this diagnosed, as many treatments can help.

In brief: See neurologist

Does not sound like cluster pattern, but could be migraine, but also may be due to dental, jaw, neck issues, and would assess occipital neuralgia.
Get this diagnosed, as many treatments can help.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Occipital neuralgia

Which goes along with the previous answer.

In brief: Occipital neuralgia

Which goes along with the previous answer.
Dr. Richard Hector
Dr. Richard Hector
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Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Tension headache

What you describe actually sounds most like a normal tension headache.
It could also be precipitated by poor posture. For instance, if you're at a computer for long periods and "hunch, " the muscles in your neck and over the top of your head can tighten, creating the pain you describe. Try otc headache medicine. If your headaches are worsening or becoming more frequent, see a doctor.

In brief: Tension headache

What you describe actually sounds most like a normal tension headache.
It could also be precipitated by poor posture. For instance, if you're at a computer for long periods and "hunch, " the muscles in your neck and over the top of your head can tighten, creating the pain you describe. Try otc headache medicine. If your headaches are worsening or becoming more frequent, see a doctor.
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Dr. Todd Purkiss
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Dr. Christine Norton
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Migraine or tension

It could be either a migraine headache or tension headache but a headache diary with more a better description of the pain from the headache might help differentiate the type of headache as well.
Is it sharp, dull, pulsating, squeezing, sensitive to light or sound, are you nauseous etc.

In brief: Migraine or tension

It could be either a migraine headache or tension headache but a headache diary with more a better description of the pain from the headache might help differentiate the type of headache as well.
Is it sharp, dull, pulsating, squeezing, sensitive to light or sound, are you nauseous etc.
Dr. Christine Norton
Dr. Christine Norton
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