Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Tension and Cluster Headaches



Tension headache

Tension headaches, which were recently renamed tension type headaches by the International Headache Society, are the most common type of headaches.

The pain can radiate from the neck, back, eyes, or other muscle groups in the body.
Nearly everyone will have at least one tension headache in their lifetime.

Cluster headache

Cluster headaches are rare, extremely painful and debilitating headaches that occur in groups or clusters.

Cluster headache sufferers typically experience severe headaches of a piercing quality near one eye or temple that last for fifteen minutes to three hours.
The headaches are usually unilateral and occasionally change sides.
Cluster headaches are classified as vascular headaches.
The intense pain is caused by the dilation of blood vessels which creates pressure on the trigeminal nerve.

 Cluster headaches often go undiagnosed for many years, being confused with migraine or other causes of headache.


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