Thursday, December 01, 2016

"Suicide headaches" affect men more than women

They are called "cluster headaches" because they occur in clusters, usually at the same time of day or night, for several weeks. Spring and fall can be especially bad.

They are relatively short in duration but extremely painful--like being mutilated by an icepick, according to one doctor.

Cluster headaches are three times more likely to occur in men than women. They strike one side of the head, often behind or around one eye. They may or may not be preceded by a migraine-like aura and nausea. The intense pain lasts about three hours and can awaken people.

Other symptoms include tears, runny nose or congestion, sweating and redness on one side of the face only.

Luckily these headaches are relatively rare and can be treated. Migraine drugs can work within seconds. And there are preventive drugs, too.

If you suffer from these, seek out a headache specialist at the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialities.

What causes these? Unclear. The important thing is to not suffer in silence, much less commit suicide.

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