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Headache, Cluster


Synonyms of Headache, Cluster
  • Chronic paroxysmal hemicrania (Sjaastad syndrome)
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Episodic paroxysmal hemicrania
  • Familial cluster ehadaches
  • Histamine cephalalgia
  • Vasogenic Facial Pain

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Chronic Cluster Headache
  • Cyclic Cluster Headache


General Discussion
Cluster headaches are a rare form of severe disabling headache. The headaches are deep, non-throbbing, extremely painful ones that tend to recur in the same area of the head or face with each occurrence. They usually come on during sleep and may awaken an affected individual. In some cases, cluster headaches occur during the day as well. Cluster headaches tend to occur on and off daily for several weeks only to disappear for months or, in some cases, years. They typically last somewhere between 30 minutes and two hours. Cluster headaches are often associated with watering of the eyes and nose.

Chronic paroxysmal hemicrania and episodic paroxysmal hemicrania are variants of cluster headaches. Both forms closely resemble cluster headaches except for a few distinctive features, particularly their response to different treatment options.

Organizations related to Headache, Cluster
  • American Council for Headache Education
    19 Mantua Road
    Mt. Royal NJ 08061
    Phone #: 856-423-0258
    800 #: 800-255-2243
    e-mail: achehq@talley.com
    Home page: http://www.achenet.org
  • JAMA Migraine Information Center
    Web Site on the Internet
    None None None
    Phone #: --
    800 #: --
    e-mail: migraine@ama-assn.org
    Home page: http://www.ama-assn.org/special/migraine/migraine.htm
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • National Headache Foundation
    820 North Orleans
    Chicago IL 60610-3132
    Phone #: N/A
    800 #: 888-643-5552
    e-mail: info@headaches.org
    Home page: http://www.headaches.org
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    31 Center Drive
    Bethesda MD 20892-2540
    Phone #: 301-496-5751
    800 #: 800-352-9424
    e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
  • Organization for Understanding Cluster Headaches (O.U.C.H.)
    3225 Winding Way
    Round Rock TX 78664
    Phone #: 214-783-1899
    800 #: --
    e-mail: dd.ouch@gmail.com
    Home page: http://www.clusterheadaches.org
  • Vasculitis of the Central Nervous System
    vasculitisoftheCNS@yahoogroups.com
    None None None
    Phone #: 770-978-5636
    800 #: --
    e-mail: SunnyBrook222@aol.com
    Home page: http://www.VasculitisoftheCNS@yahoogroups.com



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