Cluster headaches are named after the clusters in which they occur. It can happen several times a day for weeks or months, followed by long periods of headache-free time. According to Dr. Richard B. Lipton, cluster headaches are almost always benign. The duration of individual headaches tends to last about 30 to 90 minutes, short but agonizing. Most people have described them as feeling like a hot rod in the eye.
FACTS ABOUT CLUSTER HEADACHES
- The pain from cluster headaches occurs on the same side of the head during each attack; rarely is the opposite side involved
- They are more common in men than in women
- People are generally hyperactive during an attack – they often pace the room or rock fitfully in a chair
- They characteristically occur at least once daily, usually at the same time of day
- Night occurrence is common & often wakes the person from sleep.
The symptoms of a cluster headache may look like other conditions or medical problems. A cluster headache sufferer will experience the following common symptoms;
- Sudden onset of pain generally around or behind the eye
- Red or watering eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Sweating on the forehead
- Eyelid drooping or swelling
PREVENTING CLUSTER HEADACHES IN 5 WAYS
To prevent these types of headaches, it’s important to identify what triggers your headache.
- Avoid Smoking and Alcohol Use: The connection between tobacco exposure to cluster headache is so strong that even if a person never smoked, then he had significant secondary smoke exposure as a child from parental smoking behavior. Most people have noticed too that alcohol precipitates their headaches.
- Exercise in Moderation: Keeping the body active is beneficial to overall health but must be done in moderation. Exertion activities like weight lifting, running, or aerobics can bring on cluster headaches. know when to stop.
- Watch Your Exposure to Bright Lights: According to more than 20 years of research on light sensitivity fluorescent, flickering or pulsing lights, lights from computer monitors & TV have been identified as headache triggers for a lot of people. Tone down your light & use tinted glasses to reduce cluster attacks.
- Avoid Hot Weather and Warm Bath if Possible: The heat from the weather or taking a warm bath may trigger a headache.
- Be Prepared – Always Keep the Effective Medicine for the Headache: Take Sudrex Headache & Fever for fast relief from headaches. Sudrex can be taken anytime, before or after meals.
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