A cluster headache Defined: A cluster headache begins as a severe, sudden headache, which occurs on one side of the head. It may involve one side of the face from the neck to temple area or be localized to around or behind one eye. The pain itself may be burning, sharp, or steady. The pain may also involve tearing of the eyes and a stuffy nose. It quickly gets worse, peaking within 5-10 minutes and with the strongest pain lasting half an hour to two hours.
Other symptoms can include swelling under or around the eye (both eyes may be affected), excessive tearing, red eye, a runny or one-sided stuffy nose, and a red or flushed face. A physical exam done during an attack will usually reveal Horner syndrome, which means one-sided eyelid drooping or a small pupil. These symptoms will not be present at other times.
Frequency & Onset:
Attacks occur regularly for one week to one year – sometimes occurring daily for months – and may be separated by long pain-free periods that last a month or more. Cluster headaches are more communal in men than women, and can occur at any age but are most common in adolescence and middle age. A headache most commonly strikes two to three hours after falling asleep, usually during the dreaming and rapid eye movement (REM) phase. However, the headache may occur while the person is awake. The headache also tends to occur at the same time of day.
Experts are still uncertain as to what exactly causes cluster headaches, but they appear to be related to the body’s sudden release of histamine or serotonin. The following factors may also precipitate a cluster headache: alcohol use, cigarette smoking, high altitudes, bright light – especially sunlight, exertion, heat, foods high in nitrates like bacon and preserved meats, certain medications, and certain street drugs like cocaine.
Chiropractic Denver For Headache Treatment:
Chiropractic Denver takes a multidisciplinary natural approach to the treatment of these types of headaches. First, Chiropractic Denver perform Food Sensitivity & Allergy Testing to determine which foods the person is eating which might be playing a role in the precipitation of these headaches. A rotational diet is then prescribed to limit the intake of these foods. Secondly, Chiropractic Denver perform x-rays and muscle testing to determine which bones and muscles may be playing a role in the occurrence of such headaches and outline a physiotherapy plan to handle such issues. Thirdly, we may perform nerve testing if it is indicated, to check for nerve damage.
Unlike the traditional route which simply prescribes heavier and heavier doses of medications and pharmacological substances
– which can have repercussions on a person’s digestive tract, liver and kidneys
– our approach is all natural, side-effect free, and in excess of ninety percent of our patients treated with this approach report not just a lessening but an elimination of all such headaches!
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