cluster headache


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

Examples of cluster headache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No known treatment had ever straight-up ended a cluster headache. Oshan Jarow, Vox, 15 May 2024 But back in 1998, someone posted on an internet forum that LSD seemed to have negated his cluster headaches. Oshan Jarow, Vox, 15 May 2024 Several types of headaches exist—such as migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches—and can occur for several reasons, from certain foods to not getting enough sleep. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 26 Feb. 2024 Advertisement Lynch himself used medical marijuana to help with cluster headaches. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Just like migraines have their own specific characteristics, so do other types of headaches, such as tension and cluster headaches. Brittany Edelmann, Discover Magazine, 8 Dec. 2023 Sorting through the data helped the company identify its first clinical targets—migraines and cluster headaches—but also suggested future research directions. IEEE Spectrum, 29 May 2015 Erythrocyte choline concentrations and cluster headache. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2023 Seizures, cluster headaches, evidence of stroke, lesions in the brain and loss of brain volume have also been found in various combinations in Cotard’s patients. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 7 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cluster headache was in 1953

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“Cluster headache.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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