There are several types of primary headaches. One of them is cluster headache. It is a relatively rare type of headache disorder that is characterized by headaches of short duration that may occur up to 8 times per day.
Usually headaches last anywhere from about 15 minutes to 3 hours long and cause severe pain. Generally people also have other symptoms during their attacks including nasal congestion or runny nose, redness or tearing of the eyes, drooping eyelids, or swelling of the face on the same side as the headache.
People with cluster headaches may experience headaches that may last for months and then resolve. Some people with chronic cluster headaches may go years without headache attacks.
If you think you may suffer from cluster headaches, talk to your healthcare provider regarding treatment options.
Brooke Steiger, NP