What is the difference between cluster headaches and migraine headaches?

What is the difference between cluster headaches and migraine headaches?

What is the difference between cluster headaches and migraine headaches?

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches, as the term implies, tend to come in series. Cluster headaches may occur a few times a day for weeks or months, and then disappear. An attack usually begins with pain around one eye. The pain, often accompanied by watering eyes and stuffy nose, then grows sharper and moves outwards on the side of the face where it began. The pain may become intense and last for half an hour or longer; it may then disappear, only to come back a few hours later. The cycle repeats itself over and over again, and then stops, perhaps not to return for years. Men aged 20 to 40 are more susceptible to cluster headaches than others; condition doesn’t seem to run in families. The cause of cluster headaches is not known, but there are ways to treat theme (cluster headaches). These include taking drugs such as propranolol (a beta-blocker) and steroids, or breathing pure oxygen for short periods.

If you have the symptoms described above, see your doctor. Depending on how frequently you suffer from such attacks or symptoms of cluster headaches, he may prescribe drug therapy on a trial basis.

Cluster headaches symptoms: pain around one eye, with watering and dropping eyelid; a bulging temporal artery; runny nose; and sweating.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are severe, throbbing headaches, sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting. They tend to recur from time to time and, when they strike, can last for several days. Stress is one of the key cause of migraine headaches, but certain foods, such as chocolate and red wine, as well as changes in body rhythms, such as those related to a woman’s menstrual cycle, can also trigger a migraine headaches. In fact, women in their childbearing years are more likely to suffer from migraines (migraine headaches) than other people.

Migraine headaches are very different from ordinary headaches or cluster headaches in their intensity or duration, and in the fact that migraine headaches sufferer seem to be predisposed to develop them in response to triggering factors. But migraine headaches do resemble common vascular headaches in that both types are caused by a widening of the cerebral arteries. The difference is that in a migraine headaches sufferer the arteries leading to the brain first narrow, then widen – this disturbs the blood flow. In an ordinary vascular or cluster headaches, the arteries don’t narrow. Finally, the tendency to migraine headaches seems to run in families, which means that it might be inherited.

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