Answers to Common Headache Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about headaches.

What are cluster headaches?

Dr. Richard Kim discusses cluster headaches. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are cluster headaches?

Cluster headaches are a different type of primary headache disorder. They belong in the family of headaches called trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias. They can sometimes have symptoms similar to migraines, such as nausea, but they are different types of headaches.

Cluster headaches are strictly one-sided headaches, typically around the eye and these are very severe, excruciating headaches lasting anywhere from fifteen minutes to three hours. Typically patients with cluster headache what we call unilateral, ipsilateral cranial autonomic symptoms, and this could be symptoms such as tearing of the eye, redness of the eye, swelling of the eyelid, runny nose or stuffy nose, on the side of the headache.

   

Cluster headaches are a different type of primary headache disorder. They belong in the family of headaches called trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias. They can sometimes have symptoms similar to migraines, such as nausea, but they are a different kind of headache.

Cluster headaches are strictly one-sided headaches, typically around the eye. These are very severe, excruciating headaches lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours. Patients with cluster headaches usually have what we call unilateral, cranial autonomic symptoms such as tearing of the eye, redness of the eye, swelling of the eyelid and a runny nose or stuffy nose, on the same side of the head as the headache.

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Source: Richard Kim, MD, The Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Aaron Block, MD, Franklin Family Practice

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