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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are said to be one of the most painful and debilitating headaches suffered by countless people. Cluster headaches strike without warning and stop you in your tracks. They get their name from the fact they tend to strike sporadically in clusters, rotating through periods of intense pain and then abating. Cluster headache periods can last from weeks to months with long episodes of total remission.

There are two categories of cluster headaches: episodic and chronic. Episodic cluster headaches occur within one week or a year with long periods of remission and chronic cluster headache periods occur for longer than a years' time with very short remission times.

The pain of a cluster headache is excrutiating and brings the sufferer to the point of exhaustion. The pain is said to be so intense that although it is not life threatening, the sufferer feels they cannot continue to live with such pain in their lives. The causes of cluster headaches are unknown, but anecdotal information seems to indicate they are in some way related to an individual's biological clock.

If you suffer from the excrutiating pain of cluster headaches, please contact an experienced cluster headache physician in your area today to schedule a thorough evaluation to determine how to proceed with your treatment and bring you relief from your pain and offer you a better quality of life.

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