An In-Depth Guide To Cluster Headache


Cluster headaches are a rare, but debilitating condition. They often include severe pain in and around one eye, and can last for many months at a time. The good news is that there are treatments available for cluster headache. This guide will walk you through what cluster headache is, how to treat it, and the best ways to manage this painful condition.

What causes cluster headache?

Clusters of headaches, like those experienced by people with cluster headache, have no known cause. No cure has ever been found. There is also no known way to predict when the next attack will occur or how long it will last; there’s also no way to predict how severe your symptoms will be.

Cluster headache appears to run in families so if you have a family history of this condition, you may be more at risk than someone without such a history.

Common triggers

  • Alcohol

  • Nicotine

  • Stress

  • Foods containing tyramine: aged cheeses, chicken livers and egg yolks. Also foods containing MSG (monosodium glutamate), such as Chinese food or soy sauce. Also foods that have been preserved in nitrates. Some examples include sausages and salami.

  • Caffeine (coffee is the most common trigger)

  • Missing sleep

  • Sunlight/bright lights/strong odors

How do I know if I have a cluster headache?

  • You will get a headache on one side of your head.

  • The pain will be severe, throbbing and located at the temple or behind one eye.

  • The pain is worse in the evening and night when you are dehydrated. It gets better if you drink water, especially room temperature water (not cold).

  • The pain is worse when you are hungry or if you eat something sour such as an orange or lemon juice.

Treating cluster headache

Treatments for cluster headache vary from patient to patient and can include triptans, oxygen therapy and steroids. These treatments can be effective at reducing the pain of a cluster attack, but they are not always effective. In many cases, patients must rely on other methods of relief such as meditation or relaxation techniques.

Treatment for cluster headaches is usually expensive due to the nature of the condition; treatments may need to be administered intravenously in order to have their full effect on patients. If left untreated however, this chronic condition can severely impact your ability to work and live life normally while also causing severe discomfort throughout each day’s activities

Cluster headache is a rare, but very painful and debilitating condition that can be treated.

Cluster headache is a rare, but very painful and debilitating condition that can be treated. There are several treatments available for cluster headaches. Cluster headache is not a life-threatening condition, nor does it spread from person to person. It’s also important to note that cluster headaches aren’t a sign of a more serious health problem—in fact, it’s often mistaken for other conditions like migraines or sinusitis due to its symptoms and symptoms-related information online being inconsistent.


Cluster headache is a rare and painful condition, but there are treatments available. If you think you might have cluster headaches, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional. They can help determine if this is the right diagnosis for what you’re experiencing and get you on the road to recovery.

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