Migraine vs Cluster Headaches
While migraines have become almost synonymous with any severe headache, there are actually many types of headaches with different kinds of pain and symptoms. One of the most common of the non-migraine headaches is cluster headaches.
The first step to treating your headache is figuring out what type it is. That way, you can then figure out what causes it, steps to treat it, and how to avoid flare-ups in the future.
While both migraines and cluster headaches can be extremely debilitating and painful, they are actually very different.
According to the Migraine Relief Center, migraines cause a deep, intense, throbbing pain that can occur either on one side of the head or both sides. It can start out moderate and become much more severe, with attacks lasting anywhere up to 72 hours. Most occurrences take places between 2-7 times per month and can cause vomiting, sensitivity to light, and blurring of the vision. The majority of migraine sufferers tend are women. Treatment includes prescription medication known as triptans and NSAIDs such as Advil and Tylenol to be used at the onset of the headache or as a preventative measure.
Cluster headaches always take place on one side of the head, usually around the eyes. The pain is described as sharp and “stabbing”, with feelings of burning and piercing. According to WebMD, cluster headaches usually become most severe as early as 5 to 10 minutes after onset, and can last anywhere between 15 minutes to 3 hours. However, sufferers can get these headaches 1-6 times per day. Symptoms of a cluster onset include a swollen or drooping eye, runny nose, constriction of the pupil, and eye watering. Cluster headaches are known to be the most severe, but also the most uncommon headache, with the majority of sufferers being men. Because cluster headaches are so severe and the onset is so quick, treatment includes injectable triptans and the use of high-flow oxygen masks.
If you experience migraine or cluster headaches, consider volunteering for a clinical trial.
Wake Research Associates is currently seeking volunteers for separate research studies evaluating the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication for either migraines or cluster headaches.
If you are interested in participating in the migraine study, please click here.
If you are interested in participating in the cluster headache study, please click here.
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