A cluster headache is a headache that is more painful-than-average, somewhat similar to a migraine. In most cases, it strikes extremely suddenly, and can last from 15 minutes to more than three weeks. It tends to be a unilateral headache (affecting only one side of the head) and some medical experts claim that the cluster headache is one of the most painful conditions known to medical science. Kidney stones, labor, cracked ribs, etc., are on that list.
The cause of a cluster headache is unknown, but similar to other headaches, there is often a warning “shadow” (a series of painful sensations) that occurs beforehand. Although there is no known trigger, research has pointed to genetics, as sufferers almost always have one or more relatives who also suffer from cluster headaches.
Acupuncture is very helpful in clearing up the causes to the cluster headaches, although a series of treatments will be required. The patient may not feel immediate improvement during the first treatment, but signs of improvements do encourage the patient to complete a full series, and improvement does come along the way. Point sites will be chosen on the abdomen, upper back, head, ear, hands, and perhaps feet. The choice will vary based on a thorough history and exam. In my experience through many years, I have seen most cases clear up nicely. Definitely try acupuncture!
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