By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJun 4 2020
A headache is a painful sensation in any part of the head and can have a multitude of causes that are not necessarily due to underlying illness. They result from signals interacting among the brain, surrounding nerves, and blood vessels.
The most excruciating and painful type of headache is a cluster headache. The condition is more than just a headache, but a severe neurological condition. Some patients may have suicidal thoughts that accompany their attacks, hence the name “suicide headache.”
In a study published in the British Journal of General Practice, a team of researchers from the University of York, King’s College London, Ghent University and Keele University found that many patients are forced to wait a long time to have their cluster headache correctly diagnosed and treated.
Study: Perceptions, experiences, and understandings of cluster headache among GPs and neurologists: a qualitative study. Image Credit: GUNDAM_Ai / Shutterstock