Cluster Headaches - Triggers

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What triggers cluster headaches?

Many patients report their headaches begin while sleeping. Additionally, alcohol can trigger cluster headaches in patients who are in the midst of a cycle. Histamines and nitroglycerin can trigger cluster headaches in patients. Seasonal variation has been described, although this is inconsistent for many patients. Some patients have clusters precipitated by environmental changes or changes in stress or activity levels. Hormonal factors, or menstruation, do not seem to trigger cluster headache. Other risk factors include smoking and a family history of the problem.

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Comment from: thebigE, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 09

Everything, nothing, I have no idea. What could be a trigger when you are sound asleep and wake up in a full blown searing, pounding, aching, screaming cluster!

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Comment from: JC, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I have dealt with cluster headaches for the past 5 years. They can occur monthly or every 3 to 4 months apart. Last year I had a remission from these headaches but now they have returned. I don"t know if allergies or stress triggers these headaches.

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