Cluster Headaches (cont.)

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Can cluster headaches be prevented?

Once cluster headaches have been accurately diagnosed, long-term treatment can be beneficial to decrease or prevent future cycles. However, as the specific underlying cause isn't known, it may take some time to control the headache cycles.

What is the prognosis for cluster headaches?

Over time, cluster headache seems to diminish in frequency, but this may take many years. Cluster headache can go into remission for an extended period of time and then recur. As such, discussion with your physician regarding need for continuation of treatment is warranted.

Cluster headache does not appear to be associated with other neurological illness, such as Alzheimer's dementia, Parkinson's disease, or multiple sclerosis (MS); however, many individuals with multiple sclerosis are known to experience severe headaches.

Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Bahra, A., et al. "Cluster headache: a prospective clinical study with diagnostic implications." 58.3 (2002): 354-361.

Dodick, D. W., et al. "Cluster headache." Cephalalgia 20.9 (1994): 787-803.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/2/2015

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