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What are cluster headaches?

Dr Louisa Draper

"The main symptom of a cluster headache is intense pain on one side of the head, usually felt around the eye, forehead or face."

Dr Louisa Draper

Cluster headaches are headaches that involve pain on one side of your head, usually felt around your eye (although this pain can switch sides).

Cluster headaches can be very painful and come as sudden attacks. Most people will get recurrent attacks of cluster headaches (‘bouts’) that last around 4-12 weeks at a time, followed by periods of remission where they’re headache-free. This period can last for months or even years.

Cluster headaches can recur every few years, every year for a long time, or may be lifelong. They should get less frequent over time, but every person’s experience of cluster headaches is different.

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for cluster headaches. However, the pain and symptoms can be controlled effectively with treatment.