Bundesverband der Clusterkopfschmerz song for Cluster Headache
Cluster headaches are one of the most painful types of headache. It commonly awakes patients in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of the head.
A cluster headache strikes quickly, usually without warning, although it might come with migraine-like nausea and aura first.
- Excruciating pain that is generally situated in, behind or around one eye, but may radiate to other areas of face, head and neck.
- One-sided pain
- Excessive tearing
- Stuffy or runny nose on the affected side
- Forehead or facial sweating on the affected side
- Pale skin (pallor) or flushing on your face
- Swelling around your eye on the affected side
- Drooping eyelid on the affected side
Some migraine-like symptoms —including sensitivity to light and sound— can occur with a cluster headache, though usually on one side.
DURING A CLUSTER PERIOD
- Headaches usually occur every day, sometimes several times a day.
- A single attack can last from 15 minutes to three hours.
- The attacks often occur at the same time each day.
- Most attacks occur at night, usually one to two hours after you go to bed.
- After attacks, most people are pain-free but exhausted.
The exact cause of cluster headaches is unknown, but cluster headache patterns suggest that abnormalities in the body’s biological clock (hypothalamus) play a role.