Symptoms and Signs of Cluster Headaches Symptoms, Causes, Home Remedies, and Pain Relief Treatment

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Cluster Headaches Symptoms, Causes, Home Remedies, and Pain Relief Treatment

Cluster headaches are painful, usually one-sided headaches that occur in clusters, usually at the same time of day or night for several weeks. During attacks of pain from a cluster headache a person may experience nausea and a migraine-like aura. Cluster headaches are a type of primary headache, which means there is no other underlying medical disorder that causes the headaches.

Symptoms of cluster headaches include intense pain that comes on without warning and peaks around 5 to 10 minutes from when the headache first begins, and then the pain continues at peak intensity for up to three hours. The pain may begin as a burning sensation on the side of the patient's nose or deep in the eye and then progresses to feeling as if an ice pick is being driven through the eye. Stabbing eye pain has a rapid electrical-shock like element. The pain of a cluster headache typically begins in the eye and always on 1 side of the face. Other symptoms of cluster headaches include the headaches commonly come on just after falling sleep, there will frequently be tearing of the eye on the affected side, the eyelid on the affected side will droop, and there is one-sided nasal stuffiness and runny nose.

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