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what is a cluster migraine headache? My physician used that term...

Posted by CPhT

Had a brain tumor, and other tumors as young child. (Re: LCH). After they cured the Growths, about a year lapsed without headaches. I thought they were a thing of the past. However, I was sadly mistaken.

 I've given myself stomach issues taking chronic otc nsaids. Physicians aren't really helping me to understand, nor can I understand their lack of readiness to help my condition...

SO i'm writing this question....


WHo knows what'll happen... 

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Your doctor may have been using that as a descriptive term, but as far as a diagnosis goes, there is no such thing as cluster Migraines. There are cluster headaches and Migraines, but they are two very different disorders.


One of the most important things is to get an accurate diagnosis. To simplify matters and make it easier for people to get information and treatment, doctors usually go by the gold standard for diagnosis, the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). Under ICHD-II, there is no diagnosis of "cluster Migraine." You can read more about the importance of a correct diagnosis in The Type of Migraine Does Matter.


If your doctor isn’t able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article  Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.




Good luck,

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