Dr. Martin Blankenship is a Chiropractor practicing in St Petersburg, FL. Dr. Blankenship specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system, while improving each patients functionality and quality of life. Conditions treated include sciatica, neck pain, and arthritis... more
Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches, so if you have headaches, you’re not alone. Some patients do get occasional headaches, some that are frequent, dull and throbbing, and some that cause debilitating pain and nausea. Unfortunately, cluster headaches are more debilitating than most types of headache.
Cluster headaches involve intense and relentless pain in and/or around one eye on one side of the head. The symptoms can sometimes be confused with a migraine, however, there is one major difference.
This type of a headache occurs in patterns, and it arises in outbursts or “clusters” of frequent attacks. Someone with cluster headaches will experience horrible pain, a brief intermission and then the return of pain.
These bouts of frequent attacks, known as cluster periods, may last from weeks to months, usually followed by long periods of relief (also known as remission). During remission, attacks may stop for months or years.
Common Symptoms Of Cluster Headaches
- Intense, sharp pain behind one eye, often described as an ice pick in your eye
- Pain at the base of the skull that is towards one side
- Pain behind the ear
- One-sided pain down the neck and into the upper back
- Medication does not usually treat cluster headaches successfully
- Multiple headaches occur with a brief intermission
- Eye tearing, nasal congestion, eyelid drooping, constriction of the pupil, and lid swelling of the affected side are all side effects of cluster headaches.
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