Migraine And Cluster Headache Are ‘First Cousins’!

September 19, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Migraine sufferers experience many symptoms

Migraine sufferers experience many symptoms

As I have mentioned in many of my previous reports, my clinical experience agrees with the research which shows that the many different forms of headache and migraine share the same ‘heritage’ or disorder i.e. a sensitised brainstem.

This recent study which surveyed 76 Cluster Headache sufferers showed that nausea, vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia were reported by 41%, 24%, 49% and 46% respectively of the patients. Aura occurred in 28% of the patients and visual symptoms were reported most frequently.

Those of you who are migraine sufferers will be familiar with the symptoms mentioned above (!)

This is further evidence supporting a common, shared mechanism for headache and migraine.



(Wober C and Knopf A. Migrainous features in cluster headache. 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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