Recently been experiencing intense headaches and want to know cluster headaches symptoms? If you’ve ever experienced cluster headaches, you know how excruciatingly painful they can be. If you’re not sure if you’ve experienced a cluster headache, keeping reading to learn common symptoms that differentiate regular headaches and migraines from cluster headaches.
- Pain at night. Most cluster headaches take place one to two hours after you go to bed. Extreme pain located in your eye socket and around your eye area is a common symptom. The pain may feel like it’s in your eye and will likely be concentrated on one side of your face.
- Pain at the same time. A common symptom that differentiates cluster headaches from regular headaches is the timing of the headache. Cluster headaches often happen at the same time each day and their onset is very fast. If you experience severe headaches everyday at midnight, it’s likely that you are experiencing cluster headaches, not migraines.
- Need to rub or rock. Unlike migraine sufferers who often prefer to sit still in a dark room, cluster headaches sufferers may feel the need to rub their eyes or rock back and forth to ease the pain. A common symptom of cluster headaches is restlessness, which results in physical and emotional exhaustion when the headache subsides.
- Pain then remission. Many people who experience cluster headaches report that their cluster headaches, and the symptoms associated with cluster headaches, are episodic. Typically, cluster headache sufferers experience intensely painful headaches for a period of time lasting anywhere from one week to one year at a time. They then experience a remission for six months to a year before experiencing episodes of cluster headaches again.
- Swelling and tearing. Cluster headaches often cause swelling around the eye area, tearing, and/or drooping of the eyelid on the side of the face that is affected. These symptoms are temporary, but will likely cause distress if this is the first time you’ve experienced a cluster headache. If you're never had a cluster headache before and experience nausea, vomiting or paralysis of the face, you should go to the emergency room immediately. Cluster headache symptoms may easily be confused with a more serious medical condition.
- Immediate pain relief. Unlike migraine headaches that take hours and even days to subside, cluster headaches usually go away a rapidly at they begin. After experiencing a cluster headache, you will likely be tired, but pain free.