What Are Cluster Headaches - And How Do You Get Rid Of Them?


Cluster headaches are a severe type of headache that can occur suddenly and without warning. They’re completely different from migraines, which may have a warning period. Cluster headaches are also more common in men than women, and more common as people age. The exact cause of cluster headaches isn’t known, but they do tend to run in families.

Who gets cluster headaches?

Cluster headaches are more common in men than women. While it’s not entirely clear what causes cluster headaches, many experts think that they involve a disruption of the body’s production of norepinephrine, which is a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that helps regulate sleep and alertness.

If you have cluster headaches, there’s no need to worry—they’re not contagious! Also, if you’re experiencing symptoms like those described above, it’s important to know that they aren’t signs of anything serious like a brain tumor or other serious medical condition.

What are the symptoms of a cluster headache?

In addition to the pain of a cluster headache, some people experience other symptoms as well. These may include:

  • A red eye on the same side as the headache
  • Pain in or around one eye (not both)
  • Swelling around one eye (usually only in chronic cluster headaches)

Cluster headaches are usually severe and debilitating. They can be treated with prescription medications and/or oxygen therapy.

When do you get cluster headaches?

Cluster headaches occur in cycles, which can last from days to weeks. The symptoms of cluster headaches are often severe and can interfere with your ability to live your life and even get enough sleep.

The exact cause of cluster headaches is unknown, but it’s thought that they may be related to changes that occur in the body when you’re sleeping (called hypnic myoclonia).

What’s the best treatment for a cluster headache?

You can’t get rid of cluster headaches, so it’s important to learn how to manage them. That means avoiding triggers and taking medication when you have a headache.

  • Avoiding triggers is one of the best things you can do for yourself if you’re having cluster headaches. Here are some ways to avoid them:
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol when you’re experiencing the symptoms of a cluster headache (or at all). Alcohol and tobacco can make your symptoms worse by increasing blood flow to your head and neck.
  • Don’t lay down flat during an episode—it increases blood pressure in the brain by 20%. Instead, sit up at an angle that feels comfortable for you with your head supported. You might want to use pillows behind your back as well as under each arm while sitting upright rather than lying down flat on a surface like a couch, bed or floor where there isn’t enough support under each side of your body due to its shape being tilted too high up off ground level compared with what would be level if sitting upright instead – this may cause dizziness/lightheadedness which makes falling over easy during times when feeling weak due lack energy caused by lack sleep deprivation caused by pain from lack restorative sleep due worry about having another bout tomorrow night!

What other treatments are available?

There are several other treatments that can help with cluster headaches. These include:

  • Medication. The most common medication for cluster headaches is sumatriptan, which is an anti-inflammatory drug that helps to relieve pain and inflammation in your head. In some cases, you may be able to take sumatriptan as a preventive treatment if you’re at risk of getting another bout of cluster headaches right after the first one has ended. Sumatriptan has also been used in combination with steroids injected into the space between the eye socket muscles (called the retroorbital space).
  • Surgery. In rare cases, surgery might be recommended if medications don’t work well enough or if they cause side effects that make them difficult to tolerate over time. Surgery may involve making small cuts into areas where nerves travel near sensitive parts of your face so as not to damage those areas during surgery itself (which would cause more pain). Surgeries often take place on an outpatient basis and usually require only local anesthesia—that means there will be no need for general anesthesia throughout entire procedure (which would mean being unconscious).

What is the prognosis for people with cluster headaches?

Cluster headaches are chronic and can be managed, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer with them. The good news is that most people who have cluster headaches will experience them for a few years, then go away. While there’s no cure for cluster headaches, there are medications that can help manage the symptoms and make life more bearable. Treatment options include prescription pain relievers (such as Oxycodone), steroids (such as Prednisone), or anti-seizure medication (such as Topamax).

You should know that while it is possible to die from a single attack of cluster headache or even multiple attacks over an extended period of time (which would be considered chronic), this is rare—and not contagious! In fact, cluster headache outbreaks are most likely due to genetic factors rather than environmental ones because many members within families share similar triggers or experiences when they’re experiencing clusters

Cluster headaches are difficult to live with but it is possible to limit their impact on your life.

Cluster headaches are rare, but they can be difficult to live with. If you have been diagnosed with the condition, it is important to understand that you are not alone and there are treatments available.

Don’t let cluster headaches ruin your life; there are ways for you to limit their impact on your daily activities.


There is no cure for cluster headaches, but there are treatments that can help with the pain. It’s important to keep in mind that there isn’t just one approach to treating cluster headaches and since everyone’s experience is different, you may need to try several before finding what works best for you. If you’re struggling with these debilitating headaches it’s important not only for your health but also quality of life that you find ways to manage them so they don’t get in the way of everyday tasks or activities like sleeping or working out at the gym!