CLuster Headaches - Information & Treatment
At Miami Headache Institute, when patients describe their pain as a "cluster" of individual stabbing, knife like, pain, we begin to evaluate whether they are suffering from cluster headaches. Our team of medical experts, led by Dr. Payman Sadeghi, has significant experience in diagnosing and effectively treating this type of condition.
Cluster headaches are rare, suffered by only 0.5% of the population, and four times more likely to occur among males than females. Cluster headaches recur several times in a single day, but are shorter than migraines They generally last 15 to 30 minutes but sometimes can last for hours. Cluster headaches can strike very suddenly and without warning even waking a sufferer from their sleep. They are cyclical in nature and occur at roughly the same time each year.
Cluster headache pain tends to be localized in one part of the head, usually in the orbits and suborbital regions. The pain experienced is generally severe and can bring on other symptoms like lacrimation, miosis, eyelid edema, rhinorrhea, ptosis, conjunctival injection and nasal congestion. The patient will tend to be free of pain between recurrences of the cluster headache. In contrast to migraines, cluster headaches mostly affect young males between the ages of 27 and 31.