Cluster headaches is a neurological disorder that affects about 1 in 1,000 people around the world. It may be one of the most painful conditions that people can have.
The condition causes severe pain on one side of the head, often around the eyes, that comes on and off. Attacks can last anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours and can happen more than once a day. They may also happen more often at night and in the fall and spring.
At this time, no one knows what caused the disease, and there is no cure. The only things that can help with cluster headaches are treatments for other health problems. This means that they don’t work as well as they could and that each person’s response to treatment may be different.
Cluster headache has long been thought of as a male disorder because men are said to have it two to five times more often than women. But two studies we just published show that women are much more likely to get cluster headaches than men, even though men are still a little more likely to get them.
In our most recent study about cluster headache, we looked at how men and women were affected by the condition.
We asked a total of 575 men and 299 women to fill out a questionnaire about their symptoms, what medicines they took, how they lived their lives, and what caused their headaches.
We found that cluster headaches affected women’s daily lives more than men’s. They were also twice as likely to have the chronic, more severe type of cluster headache, which affects about 18% of the women who took part in the study.
People who have chronic cluster headaches only have the same as three months a year without headaches. Women also said that their headaches lasted longer than men’s, with some having daily headaches for years.
Women said they got headaches at night more often, and they said that not getting enough sleep seemed to make them happen. We also noticed that more female participants with cluster headaches than male participants said they slept less than five hours a night.
The results of our study also showed that women were more likely than men to take prescription drugs to treat their cluster headache symptoms. We also found that almost 30% of the women in the study had migraines as well as cluster headaches, while only about 13% of the men did.
In a different study that we just put out, we used population registers to find out about healthcare visits and time missed from work or school because of health problems.
This helped us figure out how bad cluster headaches really are compared to the rest of the population. We looked at a total of 3,239 people with cluster headache and compared them to 16,200 people who didn’t have the condition.
Based on our research, 94 percent of the women who had cluster headache also had other health problems. In contrast, only about 89% of women who didn’t have cluster headaches also had other health problems.
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Men with cluster headaches, on the other hand, were more likely to get hurt than any other group. But our study wasn’t able to get specific information about what kinds of illnesses or injuries these were.
We also found that people with more than one health problem were more likely to miss work because they were sick or retire early because they were disabled. Women with cluster headaches took twice as many sick days and retired on average two years earlier than men with cluster headaches or people who didn’t have cluster headaches.
Based on the results of both of our studies, it’s clear that we need to stop thinking of cluster headache as a disease that only affects men and start thinking about how it affects women more than men. It’s also important to know how cluster headaches show up differently in men and women so that GPs can give the right care to everyone who has them.
Even though our research shows how cluster headaches can affect a person’s life, it will be important for future studies to use different research methods to be more accurate and to see if men and women respond to treatments differently.
Also, it will be important to find out if people with cluster headaches are more likely than other people to have certain health problems.
Many people with cluster headaches have to wait up to ten years to find out what’s wrong. This means that they don’t have any way to treat or manage their condition.
Our research shows that cluster headache can have serious effects on all parts of a person’s life and health. Because of this, it’s important to keep spreading the word about the condition so that people with it can get the help they need.
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