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Cluster headache

Cluster headache

Last Reviewed : 12/25/2020
Cluster headache

Cluster headache (CH) is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent, severe headaches on one side of the head, typically around the eye. There are often accompanying autonomic symptoms during the headache such as eye watering,nasal congestion and swelling around the eye, typically confined to the side of the head with the pain.

Cluster headache belongs to a group of primary headache disorders, classified as the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias or (TACs). Cluster headache is named after the demonstrated grouping of headache attacks occurring together (cluster). Individuals typically experience repeated attacks of excruciatingly severe unilateral headache pain. Cluster headache attacks often occur periodically; spontaneous remissions may interrupt active periods of pain, though about 10–15% of chronic CH never remit.[2] The cause of cluster headache has not been identified.

While there is no known cure, cluster headaches can sometimes be prevented and acute attacks treated. Recommended treatments for acute attacks include oxygen or a fast acting triptan. Primary recommended prevention is verapamil. Steroids may be used as a transitional treatment and may prevent attack recurrence until preventative treatments take effect. The condition affects approximately 0.2% of the general population, and men are more commonly affected than women, by a ratio of about 2.5:1 to 3.5:1.

 

We researched this topic for you and found the following best online resources. They are categorized into basic, advanced, and research level based on the extent of information you need. You will be taken to the respective websites by pressing on the links below.

 

Basic information:

http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/cluster-headaches#1 web md cluster headaches

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cluster-headache/symptoms-causes/dxc-20206299 mayoclinic cluster headache

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cluster-headaches/pages/introduction.aspx nhs uk cluster headache

http://headacheaustralia.org.au/headachetypes/cluster-headache/ headache australia cluster headache

http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/it-migraine-cluster-headache/ everyday health is it a migraine or a cluster headache?

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000786.htm medline plus cluster headache

http://www.healthline.com/health/cluster-headache health line cluster headache

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/neurologic-disorders/headache/cluster-headache merck manuals(professional version) cluster headache

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/cluster-headache health direct cluster headache

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw186774 health link bc cluster headache

http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/cluster-headaches/overview.html new york times cluster headache

http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/types-of-headaches-38362-5.html health central cluster headaches - the basics

http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/headaches-cluster university of maryland medical center cluster headache

 

Advanced information:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1142459-overview medscape cluster headache

http://www.medicinenet.com/cluster_headaches/article.htm medicine net cluster headache

http://patient.info/in/health/cluster-headaches-leaflet patuent cluster headache

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cluster_headache/article_em.htm emedicine health cluster headache

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/172387.php medical news today cluster headaches: causes, symptoms and diagnosis

http://www.clusterheadaches.com/about.html cluster headaches.com cluster headache

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0715/p122.html cluster headache by jacqueline weaver-agostoni, do, mph, university of pittsburgh medical center shadyside hospital, pittsburgh, pennsylvania am fam physician. 2013 jul 15;88(2):122-128.

https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/cluster-headache/ national organisation for are diseases cluster headache

http://www.aetna.com/cpb/medical/data/400_499/0462.html aetna migraine and cluster headache: nonsurgical management

 

Research:

Bhargava a, pujar gs, banakar bf, shubhakaran, kasundra g, bhushan b. Study of cluster headache: a hospital-based study. J neurosci rural pract [serial online] 2014 [cited 2016 dec 29];5:369-73. Available from: http://www.ruralneuropractice.com/text.asp?2014/5/4/369/139987

http://europepmc.org/backend/ptpmcrender.fcgi?accid=pmc3584052&blobtype=pdf : qiu e, wang y, ma l, tian l, liu r, et al. (2013) abnormal brain functional connectivity of the hypothalamus in cluster headaches. Plos one 8(2):e57896. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057896

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=s0004-282x2007000200033 arq. Neuro-psiquiatr. Vol.65 no.2a são paulo june 2007 http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/s0004-282x2007000200033 cluster headache attacks in a woman previously struck by lightning: pathophysiology of the latent period by marcelo moraes valença et al.,

Prasad p, subramanya r, upadhyaya n s. Cluster headache or narrow angle glaucoma?. Indian j ophthalmol [serial online] 1991 [cited 2016 dec 29];39:181-2. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1991/39/4/181/24426

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=s0004-282x2013001200866&lng=en&tlng=en arq. Neuro-psiquiatr. Vol.71 no.11 são paulo nov. 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0004-282x20130170 articles:familial aggregation of cluster headache by simão cruz et al.,

http://bmcneurol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2377-5-6 enucleation and development of cluster headache: a retrospective study by peter sörös et al., bmc neurology20055:6 doi: 10.1186/1471-2377-5-6

Datta ss, kumar s. Clozapine-responsive cluster headache. Neurol india [serial online] 2006 [cited 2016 dec 29];54:200-1. Available from: http://www.neurologyindia.com/text.asp?2006/54/2/200/25969

Huang w y, lo m c, wang s j, tsai j j, wu h m. Topiramate in prevention of cluster headache in the taiwanese. Neurol india [serial online] 2010 [cited 2016 dec 29];58:284-7. Available from: http://www.neurologyindia.com/text.asp?2010/58/2/284/63784

http://ojrd.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1750-1172-3-20 cluster headache by elizabeth leroux and anne ducros orphanet journal of rare diseases20083:20 doi: 10.1186/1750-1172-3-20

http://jmedicalcasereports.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1752-1947-6-64 cluster headache with ptosis responsive to intranasal lidocaine application: a case report by berker bakbak et al., journal of medical case reports20126:64 doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-6-64

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/crinm/2012/830469/ m. J. Levy, i. Robertson, and t. A. Howlett, “cluster headache secondary to macroprolactinoma with ipsilateral cavernous sinus invasion,” case reports in neurological medicine, vol. 2012, article id 830469, 3 pages, 2012. Doi:10.1155/2012/830469

http://bmcneurol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2377-11-25 central modulation in cluster headache patients treated with occipital nerve stimulation: an fdg-pet study by delphine magis et al., bmc neurology201111:25 doi: 10.1186/1471-2377-11-25

 

Other helpful resources(support groups):

https://www.migrainetrust.org/about-migraine/types-of-migraine/other-headache-disorders/cluster-headache/ the migrain trust

https://ouchuk.org/cluster-attack organisation for the understanding of cluster headache

http://www.clusterheadachefoundation.org/ cluster headache foundation

 

Related videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xmyl8yz9ju cluster headache - the basics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxwvst9vivg symptoms of a cluster headache-what my headaches feel like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vsylv5a0k0 cluster headache relief! | all about cluster headaches & what i did to reduce mine | rawbeautykristi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8zi12c937y cutting edge treatment for cluster headache relief in avondale, az!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehomqay9b7w cluster headache attack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eftsla_li6m cluster headache

 

Presentations/quiz/newspaper articles:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/11/cluster-headaches-the-worst-possible-pain/281524/ the atlantic cluster headaches: the worst possible pain?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/05/longtime-sufferers-of-cluster-headaches-find-relief-in-psychedelics.html the daily beast longtime sufferers of cluster headaches find relief in psychedelics

http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/12/psychedelic-mushrooms-cured-my-cluster-headaches.html psychedelic mushrooms cured my cluster headaches

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4070894/why-nose-blocked-runny-time-problem-cluster-headaches.html daily mail ask the doctor: why is my nose blocked or runny all the time?

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4070894/why-nose-blocked-runny-time-problem-cluster-headaches.html#ixzz4uf32ghia
 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/may/29/clusterheadache the guardian cluster headache

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