Cluster Headache Treatment
We can help treat the excruciating pain of your cluster headache
Cluster headaches cause excruciating, burning pain, usually localised around one eye but can radiate to other parts of your head or face. They can cause drooping eyelids, watery eyes, and running or blocked nostrils. These cluster headache attacks can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours, and can happen for a number of weeks followed by a remission, or can happen more chronically. The evil pain of a cluster headache has been described as “the worst pain that humans can experience”.
You may have tried all sorts of medication and painkillers, such as migraine preventative drugs and strong steroids, or in some cases hospital admissions, simply to get some relief from the pain of your cluster headache. Unfortunately, these treatments are quite often a stop-gap, and your cluster headache pain returns again.
The good news is that at the Headache and Pain Management Centre, we have seen many patients with this condition – and even people who have suffered cluster headache attacks in our waiting room. So we understand how bad the pain of a cluster headache is, and will take you seriously.
The causes of your cluster headache
Head pains, whether they are migraines, tension type headaches, cluster headaches or any other diagnosis, are filtered through the lower part of your brain. This area not only takes in sensory information from your eyes, forehead, temple and jaw, but also from your neck and the blood vessels of your brain. It’s also affected by a body chemical called serotonin. This part of the brain can be sensitised, with the result that you can get headaches, repeatedly, and without an apparent cause.
What does this mean for you? In short, a joint in your neck is likely to be the cause of your cluster headaches.
Your neck is able to replicate pain in parts of your head, including the forehead, the back of your head, and your eyes as well. You may experience a dull, throbbing feeling, or it may be a pulsating feeling. For cluster headache sufferers, it can produce sharp, excruciating pain, just like the pain you experience during an attack.
If we discover that your neck is in fact the primary cause of your cluster headache attacks, treatment of your neck can drastically improve or eliminate your symptoms. For more information about the science of headache conditions, click here.
How we diagnose and treat your cluster headache
At the Headache and Pain Management Centre, our clinicians use world-first cluster headache treatment techniques to diagnose where your headache is coming from, and treat that specific cause.
We know what we are looking for. We don’t guess what triggers your cluster headache. You won’t need to live on the edge any longer, or play ‘trial and error’ with medications. At your first consultation, we will be able to tell you if your neck is the underlying cause of your cluster headache.
We understand what you’re going through when you suffer from a cluster headache – and we have the answers that can help. For your personalised cluster headache treatment, please call us on 1300 16 55 33 or use the contact form above.