Q. I’m starting to notice a couple of changes with my migraines and wonder if these are common. One is that I am getting mini-cluster headaches once or twice a day, 2 or 3 days before a big migraine attack, and the other is nausea with no migraine pain. I typically get the nausea after the migraine pain has begun, but is it possible it can switch? Continue Reading
Q. Is it normal to get the majority of my headaches during sleep? I can go to bed feeling fine and will wake to a horrible pounding headache within 3 to 4 hours of falling asleep. I’m not sure what to do about this. Continue Reading
Q. I feel like every afternoon around the same time I experience a burning sensation that begins at the right side of my forehead and crosses to the left side. It surrounds my eyebrows and eyelids. It’s not dissimilar from the sensation of sunburn, but the best way to describe it is tightness in the forehead. It can cause my eyelids to burn and swell and exacerbate my dry-eye problem. At times, I experience a sharp dagger-like pain in my right eye and under the brow bone. The whole thing lasts about three hours. A CT scan of my sinuses was clear.
Is this description consistent with cluster headaches? Continue Reading
Cluster headache refers to the characteristic grouping or clustering of attacks. Cluster headaches may also be known as histamine headache, red migraine, Horton’s headache, and cephalalgia or sphenopalatine neuralgia. The headache periods can last several weeks or months, and then disappear completely for months or years leaving considerable amounts of pain-free intervals between series. Continue Reading
Migraine made bigger than usual headlines recently after a study indicating that sex may be helpful in relieving migraine pain appeared in the journal Cephalalgia.
While some of the headlines were clearly meant to grab attention, the science behind the study and its findings may prove valuable for many migraineurs. While most individuals with migraine and cluster headache do not engage in sexual activity during a headache attack, the findings suggest that sexual activity, orgasm in particular, can provide partial or complete relief of headache pain in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients. Continue Reading