Cluster Headaches | Move Physiotherapy East Fremantle

Cluster Headaches | Move Physiotherapy East Fremantle

Cluster Headaches can also be referred to as “histamine headaches”, “migrainous neualgia” and “Horton’s Headaches”.

These headaches are ultra rare, but are also extraordinarily painful when they occur. It is estimated to affect approximately 1 in 1000 people, and is 5x more likely to occur in men compared to women. They most commonly occur between 20 and 40 years of age.

However, the signs and symptoms of this condition make them highly distinguishable from other types of headaches. These include:

  • Excruciating, burning or “boring” sensations localised around one eye.
  • Pain that remains steady or constant, as opposed to throbbing.
  • Night pain, that can typically come on after going to bed.
  • On the affected side, other symptoms can include rhinorrhea (runny rose symptoms), nasal obstruction, perspiration and conjunctival infection.
  • Drooping of the eye lid on the affected side.
  • Watering of the eye which can become bloodshot.

Risk Factors

There is some evidence to suggest that these headaches can be precipitated by alcohol consumption. There is also a link with smoking, as those who are most effected are, or have been heavy smokers. Family history also appears to be a risk factor, and a genetic cause is thought to be involved.


Treatment of Cluster Headaches

Treatment of this condition requires medical input, and your physiotherapist will refer you directly to a local medical clinic.

Medical management often involves appropriate medication and 100% oxygen inhalation. Those who are suffering from this condition should avoid smoking and alcohol during cluster attacks.


It is highly important for your physiotherapist to recognise the signs of these type of headaches and refer for medical advice as appropriate. At Move Physiotherapy, we are experts in treating headache symptoms and can ensure the proper diagnosis for your condition and prescribe an individualised treatment program.




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