The 10 Biggest Myths About Cluster Headache


Cluster headaches are a type of primary headache that affects a single side of the head. The pain typically lasts from 15 minutes to 3 hours. Cluster headaches occur during the same season each year and often follow a predictable pattern. For example, you may get them on the weekends but not on weekdays, or they may happen every other day for three weeks straight before stopping for several months.

Cluster headache is not a migraine

  • Cluster headaches are not migraines. Migraines are also a type of headache, but they’re quite different from cluster headaches and less painful.
  • Migraine sufferers experience much less pain than people with cluster headaches do. For example, the pain from a migraine is usually described as throbbing or pulsing rather than stabbing or piercing like cluster headaches; however, some migraines can be highly debilitating and incapacitating even though they don’t cause nearly as much pain as their counterpart disease does in its most severe form.

Cluster headache is not a sinus headache

Myth #1: Cluster headache is a sinus headache.

Cluster headaches are not a kind of sinus headache, but both of them do share some characteristics that make them similar in terms of how they present and how they’re treated. For example, both can cause extreme pain to the area around your eyes and forehead; however, cluster headaches are more painful than sinus headaches and usually last longer (from 30 minutes to 3 hours). What’s more, cluster headaches occur in clusters — several attacks in close succession — while other types of head pain tend not to follow this pattern. Additionally, cluster headaches are far less likely than other kinds of head pain to be treated with medication.

Cluster headaches are not caused by alcohol

If you have cluster headaches, you may have heard that alcohol is a cause of them. This is not true. In fact, there is no known cause for cluster headaches at this time. Alcohol can make them worse because it’s a depressant and can make you feel sleepy. That might seem counter-intuitive: wouldn’t you want to sleep off the pain? But trying to sleep when your head feels like someone’s stabbing you with an ice pick in between your eyes doesn’t help much.

Cluster headaches are not treatable.

Cluster headaches are treatable. There is no cure for cluster headaches, but they can be managed with the right treatment.

Your doctor can prescribe medication to help you manage your symptoms. In addition, other therapies such as acupuncture, biofeedback and relaxation techniques may also help to reduce the severity of your attacks. You should always speak with a healthcare professional before taking any medication or starting a new treatment plan as they may cause side effects or interact with other medications that you are currently using

It doesn’t matter if you sleep during the day.

You may think that sleeping during the day will help you get through your cluster headache, but it can actually make it worse. Sleeping in a dark room, or taking naps, can lead to light sensitivity and worsen the pain. It’s better to stay awake and active at least until nightfall. You may be more tired during the day as a result of your headaches but this is not an excuse for oversleeping!

If you have trouble staying awake when you have a cluster headache, try getting outside in the sunlight for some fresh air—it will help keep you alert and awake. If possible, avoid alcohol completely during clusters because drinking alcohol makes them last longer and worsens symptoms such as nausea and vomiting; however if you do choose to drink alcohol during clusters remember that beer is often less dangerous than wine or liquor because it contains fewer impurities which might further irritate an already sensitive gastrointestinal tract (the lining of our digestive tract).

There are things you can do to lessen your pain.

There are things you can do to lessen your pain. These include:

  • Medication. Many people find that taking medication is the best way to manage their symptoms.
  • Preventative treatment. It’s also possible to prevent cluster headaches by taking an oral prescription called Propranolol, which is available in many countries but not in the United States (though it’s still possible to get it). The drug thins blood vessels and reduces swelling around nerve endings—which helps prevent attacks from happening in the first place.
  • Relaxation techniques like meditation, mindfulness or yoga may help prevent stress-related triggers for CHs (like stress) or reduce its severity if you already have one coming on when you’re doing these things instead of just trying them as a cure after having an attack happen at home or work because they cause so much stress that they become part of what causes another CH episode! That being said…

Note: There are many more ways besides this list that may help someone with their own personal experiences dealing with their own individualized version of Cluster Headache Syndrome – so don’t be afraid! Just because something hasn’t worked for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else – just try something new every day until eventually one day everything clicks into place like magic dust falling through your fingers onto paper where no one else has ever seen such beautiful words before then suddenly everything changes forevermore!”

You cannot prevent cluster headaches.

You cannot prevent cluster headaches.

That’s right: you can’t prevent them, and that’s not a myth. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the number of attacks you have and decrease the severity of each attack that does occur. There are also lifestyle changes you can make that may help reduce the length of your cluster headache episodes as well as their severity.

There is no one way to tell when a cluster headache will start.

Many people believe that you can’t tell when a cluster headache will start. This is not true.

Cluster headaches can happen at any time, in clusters or in isolation. They can happen in any season, and anywhere in the world. They may occur at night or during the day and have no preference for weekends or holidays. In short, they occur at random times with no predictable pattern to their occurrence.

Cluster headache is not just a headache.

#1: “Cluster headache is just a headache.”

Incorrect. Cluster headaches are a specific type of neurological disorder, and it’s important to understand that the headaches themselves can be very different from one person to the next. In fact, because of this variation in symptoms, many people with cluster headache don’t even know they have it until they go through an episode—and then find out that there’s a name for what they’ve been experiencing all along. That said, most of us who live with cluster headache do experience some degree of chronic pain every day (or night).

It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment.

You should get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Cluster headaches are not easily treated, and they may be mistaken for other conditions that don’t require the same kind of medical attention. An inaccurate diagnosis can lead to missed opportunities to relieve your pain.

There are many myths about cluster headaches. For example: it’s not just a headache; it’s not caused by alcohol; it’s not a sinus headache; and it’s not just a migraine.

When people understand cluster headache better, they’re more likely to get treatment.

The more people know about cluster headache, the better it will be for everyone. Because when you understand cluster headache better, you’re more likely to get the treatment you need.

  • It’s not a migraine
  • It’s not a sinus headache
  • You cannot drink alcohol while having them (it will just make them worse)
  • Cluster headaches cannot be treated with any medications


If you or someone you know has cluster headaches, it can be helpful to know more about the condition. It’s important to understand that this is not just a headache but a complex neurological disease with several symptoms, including pain and sensitivity to light. This means that there are many factors involved in determining what treatment options are best for each individual case. With the right diagnosis and treatment plan, people who suffer from cluster headaches may be able to manage their pain better than before.