Cluster headaches usually known as migrannous neuralgia are the most excruciating unilateral headaches. Typically, the Cluster headaches are rapid onset and occur without any warning.
It causes unilateral headaches, pain in and around the eye but may radiate to other areas of the face, head, neck and shoulders.
These clusters may last from 15minutes to 3 hours. The pain may be penetrating or burning. Usually these attacks occur at the same time within 24 hours. The pain ends as suddenly as it started.
The other symptoms of the cluster are one sided headache, redness of the affected eye, reduced pupil size, drooping eye lids, swelling and sweating of the affected region, runny nose in the affected side and excessive tearing of the eye, restlessness, most people claim to have ice pick-like pains in the temple.
People with cluster headaches don’t lie down like migraine patients as it increases the pain. As ridiculous as it sounds, some people hit their head with something to soothe the pain, obviously that is not recommended.
The headache occurs in clusters (bouts) and usually in the same region. The attack may last from a week to months. Mostly people experience periodical attacks. That is the attack last for a week and occurs again approximately at the same time after a period of remission (attack free time).
It differs from person to person. It may be sporadic in some people, means it may occur for a week to months followed by pain free remission for 6 to 12 months. In chronic cluster headache cases, the headaches may occur for more than a year or the period of remission is short lived. Chronic cases are rare.
These cluster headaches attack without any warning. In the same way it disappears suddenly relieving the pain and lowering the stress of the patient. Mostly the patient is exhausted after the attack.