What are Cluster Headaches Compared to Migraines..

What are cluster headaches?

The pain of clusters is much greater than in other headache conditions, including severe migraines, and experts believe that it may be the most severe pain known to medical science. 

Cluster headaches come in groups or clusters, often from one to five a day every day for weeks to months at a time. Then suddenly months or even years may pass between attacks. 


Symptoms of cluster headaches.

The symptoms of a cluster-headache are:

  • Drooping eyelid
  • Redness of the covering of the eyeball.
  • Tearing, runny nose.
  • Less commonly, facial blushing, swelling, or sweating.
  • Pain is centered on one side of the head, usually around the eye, temple, or one side of the eye. 
  • Pain can be described as sharp, burning, piercing. 
  • Each headache can last from twenty minutes to a couple of hours.

Triggers or causes for cluster headaches.

Some of the causes of cluster attacks may be the same as migraines. They are:

  • Alcohol use is found to trigger these headaches as well as: 
  • Certain foods. These could be looked at in our food triggers page. Keep a note book or print off a diary to trace the foods eaten to the attacks. These foods will trigger migraines as well. 
  • Changes in sleep patterns can trigger tension headaches, migraine headaches, as well as cluster headaches. 
  • Heavy smoking seems to provoke attacks. You can read about some cluster sufferers that had their headaches to diminish when they quit smoking. It's worth a shot to end the suffering.

Cluster migraines/headaches are also associated with restlessness. Pacing the room or rocking back and forth isn't unusual.

Less frequent symptoms of clusters are:

  • You may have an aversion to bright lights, and loud noise during the attack.
  • The neck is often stiff or tender after a headache, with jaw or tooth pain sometimes present.
  • Some  report feeling as though their nose is stopped up, and that they're unable to breathe out of one of their nostrils.

Nausea rarely accompanies cluster headaches, unlike migraines. Cluster headaches are occasionally referred to as alarm clock headaches, because they wake a person from sleep, and because of the regularity of the attacks striking at a precise time of day. Morning or night is typical, even at the same time a week later.

Treatments for cluster headaches.

Talk to your headache specialist or healthcare provider about treatment options. He/she will be the one to determine the best course of treatment.

  • Rapid breathing of pure oxygen for five to fifteen minutes seem to be one of the best cluster headache treatments going.

The top abortive treatment for clusters is administration of triptan drugs. The injectable form of sumatriptan has been shown to abort a cluster headache within fifteen minutes in ninety six percent of cases. While these oral medicines are effective, they can be expensive.


Clusters like migraines, may respond to herbs, magnesium, and vitamins. After several months you may see a difference in the severity of the headaches. Supplements to try would be:

By watching things that can trigger cluster headaches such as some foods, any kind of alcohol, no smoking, and shooting for good sleep patterns the headaches may be greatly helped. These are things that are do able.

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