cluster headache

noun

Definition of cluster headache

: a headache that is characterized by severe pain in the eye or temple and tends to recur in a series of attacks

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At the low point, early on, Joe McKay was getting cluster headaches every other day for an hour at a time. Jerry Carino, USA TODAY, "'Insane, stabbing, burning pain': Ground zero workers still battling 9/11 health problems," 10 Sep. 2019 The dispensary is based in Vancouver and claims to mail psilocybin microdoses to people with a documented medical need; Larsen lists anxiety, cluster headaches, and pain as conditions that can be treated with psilocybin. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Do Canadians have a constitutional right to magic mushrooms?," 24 Aug. 2019 Fewer than 1 percent of people have cluster headaches. NBC News, "FDA approves migraine drug as the first cluster headache treatment," 5 June 2019 Noninvasive, handheld vagal nerve stimulators meant to ease cluster headaches and migraine have recently also gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration, although exactly how vagal nerve stimulation helps those conditions is unclear. Scientific American, "Electroceuticals," 14 Sep. 2018 The medications currently used to treat cluster headaches include the heart and psychiatric issues. NBC News, "FDA approves migraine drug as the first cluster headache treatment," 5 June 2019 Also, cluster headaches generally aren’t triggered by certain factors, like stress or hormonal changes, the way tension headaches and migraines can be. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 29 Dec. 2018 The cause is unknown, but cluster headaches may occur if something with the body’s biological clock is off, per the Mayo Clinic. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 29 Dec. 2018 Current studies offered through Science 37’s website ask for participants who are willing to take medication to possibly treat cluster headaches or research how insulin treatments affect people of color who live with Type 2 diabetes. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "SoftBank is in talks to lead a $150 million investment in clinical trial startup Science 37," 5 June 2018

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cluster headache

noun

Medical Definition of cluster headache

: a headache that is characterized by severe unilateral pain in the eye or temple, affects primarily men, and tends to recur in a series of attacks

called also histamine cephalalgia, histamine cephalgia, Horton's syndrome

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