Practical strategy for detecting and relieving cluster headaches

Authors: Stephen M. Adams, MD
Source: J Fam Pract. 2005 December;54(12):1035-1040

You interview a “migraine” sufferer who hopes to find the relief that has so far eluded him. During the history taking, he reports experiencing the premonitory aura typical of migraine as well as photophobia and occasionally nausea. One description, though, raises a question about the cause of his headaches: he says the intense pain recurs at roughly the same time of day and lasts for about 45 minutes; he is unable to concentrate on anything but the pain and he paces ceaselessly until it abates. The odds now favor a diagnosis of cluster headache.

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