Headache

14 July 2009

Bust those cluster headaches

A cluster headache is a relatively rare type of headache that starts suddenly and is characterised by excruciating pain in or around one eye.

0
A cluster headache is a relatively rare type of headache that starts suddenly and is characterised by excruciating pain in or around one eye. It usually lasts about 45 minutes and occurs at the same time each day for several weeks, until the "cluster period" ends.

Take action:
Consult your doctor if you think you may suffer from cluster headaches. Your description of your headaches will help your doctor make a diagnosis. The time and pattern of attacks are important, so keep a pain diary. During a cluster period, it is important to keep to your usual routine, stay calm, and stick to your sleep pattern. And don’t drink alcohol during this time.

 

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Ask the Expert

Headache expert

Dr Elliot Shevel - Founder and Medical Director - The Headache Clinic, (Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town) South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon.

Still have a question?

Get free advice from our panel of experts

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

* You must accept our condition

Forum Rules