If you’ve ever experienced excruciating headaches but migraine treatments don’t work, tests show no brain tumors or other underlying conditions and no pain medication can touch the agony, you may not have migraines at all. You may have cluster headaches.
Cluster headaches are different from migraines and are often called “suicide headaches” because of the incredible pain. During a friend’s recent bout, I heard from several people that their cluster headaches were more painful than their previous experiences with labor and kidney stones. It is an all-encompassing agony that comes on quickly and feels like it may never go away.
I also heard that for several of these people, their physicians either stopped looking for answers after prescribing migraine medications or did not take the headaches seriously. My friend had to do her own research to find out what was wrong with her and that is where this article comes from. I’ll share what we learned about the causes, symptoms and treatments here.
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