Cluster Headache and Migraine Are Related

October 8, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Cluster headache sufferers experience one or more migrainous features

Cluster headache sufferers experience one or more migrainous features

In 155 cluster headache patients almost 25% experienced one or more migrainous features, including nausea/vomiting were present in 18.1%, photophobia (sensitivity to light) in 12.3%, phonophobia (sensitivity to sound) in 5.2%, osmophobia (sensitivity to smells) in 0.6% and aura in 2.6% of patients.

The authors suggest that migrainous features are common in cluster headache sufferers and that they are underestimated.

The results of this survey support my clinical experience, and the recent research, which demonstrates that the various forms of headache and migraine share a similar mechanism.



(Zidverc-Trajkovic J, Sundic A, Radojicic A and Sternic N. Cluster headache: the signi?cance of the ‘‘migraineous’’ phenomena Cephalalgia 2009;29 (Suppl. 1):1–166)

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Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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