What are the causes of Cluster Headaches?

Cluster Headache

Cluster headache is a series of painful headaches that attack everyday for weeks, months or years. They usually appear at the same time of the year. The pain of this kind of headache is extremely painful. Cluster headaches are more severe than migraine but generally fades away in 30 to 40 minutes of time. The impact may be greater on men than on women. The causes or the risk factors of cluster headaches is not quite evident as many things can trigger the headaches. People generally ignore it assuming it to be the effect of work stress. They are not life-threatening but through medication you can make the pain less severe.

The area around the eye is the place the pain starts. It is due to a nerve that is triggered and the signals are passed through the hypothalamus which controls the sleep cycle. The trigeminal nerve present in the region is responsible for carrying sensations. This nerve branches to the forehead, cheek, and also near the nose, which is why the pain gradually begins from the eye and gradually travels to the forehead and the cheek area. Symptoms of the cluster headaches include sweating, watery eyes, drooping eyes, and discomfort.

Risk Factors of Cluster Headache

In case you experience severe pain on only one side of your head and reappears daily, immediately consult a Headache Specialist in Coimbatore for proper treatment and diagnosis. Risk factors vary a lot from person to person. Age also plays a vital role in this as adolescents are more prone compared to other age groups. Before the cluster headache begins to show up you may see an aura in your vision and in no time it develops into a cluster headache. Few people experience it once in a day, whereas there are reports of people experiencing it up to eight times a day. This is extremely unhealthy and can be tiring to perform your daily activities. It is advisable to undergo Cluster Headaches Treatment for considerable relief.

Lifestyle: Unhealthy lifestyle like consuming alcohol or smoking can trigger the pain as they contain a compound which is responsible for the pain. People who are already diagnosed for cluster headache by a Cluster Headache Specialist have to avoid consumption of any alcohol based drinks and smoking. 

Strong Smells: Few people may be a little vulnerable to intense smells by perfumes or even any food that is cooked with strong spices so this can be a reason to trigger the splitting headache.

Family History: It can also be inherited in case you have a family history of anyone suffering from cluster headaches; it can be passed on to you.

Difference between  Migraine and Cluster Headache

Migraines are also pretty much severe but they do start slowly and can persist for a few hours or even a day. You may have some warning signs before the onset of the migraine like certain food cravings and mood swings. Migraines stick to one side or both sides of the forehead, they do not travel down, they get worse when you move your head. When in a migraine you may experience nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, colored lines or spots called aura appear in your vision, trouble in speaking, and numbness are a few among the lot. If you experience a throbbing pain get a Cluster Migraine Treatment to ease the pain. There are few types of characteristics that separate migraine and cluster headaches like speed, short interval, and pain.

As science has evolved drastically, making new advancements for treating complicated situations. Similarly cluster headaches are treated by oral medications (drugs) and inhaling 100% oxygen may give some relief. When none of them soothes the pain you can always choose to get operated. It is recommended by the specialist depending on your condition. Early diagnosis and treatment is the best before the situation goes out of your hands. Visit your nearest Neurology Hospital in Coimbatore so the medical experts can examine you and recommend the treatment which is required at that particular point of time.


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