All About Cluster HeadachesCluster headaches generally occur in cycles of weeks or months and are very painful. They are known as the most rare and the most painful type of headache. Individuals with these headaches cycle into and out of periods of attacks and remission.1 Common symptoms include pain centered on one eye or on one side of the face, excessive tearing in one eye, forehead swelling, a drooping eyelid, and restlessness. These types of headaches are rare but typically affect significantly more men than women and usually present symptoms before the age of 30.1
All About MigrainesMigraine headaches are also quite painful but feel distinctly different than cluster headaches. Migraines are typically marked by throbbing or pulsing sensations, as well as nausea and sensitivity to sound and light. But like cluster headaches, the pain is often worse on one side of the head.1,2 Some people may experience neck stiffness, increased thirst, constipation, or mood changes before a migraine hits. Hormonal changes, food additives, and stress may play a role in triggering migraines. Migraine headaches are far more common than cluster headaches and tend to affect more women than men.2,3 It is very rare for a person to experience both cluster headaches and migraine headaches during the same period of life.
Treatment for Cluster Headaches and MigrainesAlthough there is no cure for a cluster headache, treatments can help prevent attacks, decrease pain, and shorten headache duration. Acute medications can deliver quick relief, including inhaling oxygen through a mask, as well as triptan injections.1 Meanwhile, migraines are treated with pain-relieving medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, triptans to block pain pathways, and ergotamine at the immediate onset of symptoms. Anti-nausea medications may also help treat the common symptoms of migraine headaches.2 Preventative medications for these types of headaches can be very helpful in keeping the pain from occurring in the first place. Overall, it is important for chronic headaches sufferers to seek medical treatment to obtain an accurate diagnosis and treat the specific type of headache they are suffering from.
References for Cluster Headache versus Migraines
- Cleveland Clinic. Cluster Headaches. Retrieved on September 5, 2019 from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/5003-cluster-headaches
- Mayo Clinic. Migraine. Retrieved on August 26, 2019 from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20360201
- Mayo Clinic. (2019, May 30). Migraine With Aura. Retrieved on August 24, 2019 fromhttps://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-with-aura/symptoms-causes/syc-20352072
VANQUISH® is indicated for tension headaches. If you have a cluster headache, sinus headache, migraine headache or any other type of headache you may want to consult a doctor.