Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are some of the most painful, debilitating headaches out there. We excel in treatment, and crafting preventative plans to give our patients the peace they deserve.

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Your secret weapon in a lengthy battle:

Cluster headaches can afflict their victims for weeks or even months at a time. The battle can feel unwinnable.

We’re here to be your secret weapon.

At the Chicago Headache Center and Research Institute, we’re dedicated to diagnosing, treating and preventing headaches of all shapes and sizes. We’re experts in cluster headache treatment, and we’ve spent the past decade treating patients from all over Chicago for every variation of headache imaginable.

Here’s what some of them have to say:

Start sleeping through the night again.

There’s nothing worse than waking up to the searing pain brought on by a cluster headache. Typically centered around one eye or one side of your face, the pain can eventually spread to the neck. Many patients experience swelling and congestion on one side of their face.

Falling back to sleep under those conditions is next to impossible.

At the Chicago Headache Center, we have a variety of cluster headache treatment options, ranging from medication, to anesthetics to nerve blocking injections.

Dr. Brad Torphy is a renowned headache specialist who can prescribe the right treatment for your specific situation, getting you the good night’s sleep you need.

Stop fearing the changing of the seasons.

If your cluster headaches are occurring at the same time every year, it’s probably not a coincidence. Cluster periods often occur at the same time on a year-to-year basis.

But knowing a cluster is coming doesn’t help unless you have a plan in place to prevent the attack.

In addition to a variety of treatment options, we’re well-versed in creating preventative plans centered around medications and therapies to get you the relief you need before your pain even starts.

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A life time expert dedicated to cluster headache treatment:

Dr. Torphy has dedicated his career to providing patients not only with cluster headache relief but relief from headaches of all varieties.

He knows just how severely cluster headaches and other headache varieties can impact an individual and his or her family. 

You won’t find a headache specialist more dedicated to (and more passionate about) providing headache relief than Dr. Torphy.

Frequently Asked Questions about cluster headache treatment

How do I know if I’m suffering from cluster headaches?

Cluster headaches tend to cause searing pain that is focused on one side of a patient’s face. Patients suffering from cluster headaches will often experience swelling, runny or congested noses, redness in the affected eye and pale skin.

Cluster headaches occur in periods lasting anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. That period of time can prove excruciating.

How long can my cluster headache period last?

Unfortunately, it varies. Some patients’ clusters “only” last a few weeks – although it surely feels longer. Some cases have seen cluster periods last for months or even a year. Cluster periods are usually followed by pain-free “remission” phases, but clusters come back. Your best bet if you’re feeling symptoms is to contact an expert about cluster headache treatment and prevention.

What triggers cluster headaches?

The most frustrating thing for patients seeking cluster headache relief could be that there’s no clear cause for the problem. Typical triggers associated with migraines and tension headaches don’t have a strong correlation with cluster headaches.

There are, however, habits to avoid that can worsen cluster headaches. We can help make a plan to limit and even prevent the effects.

Is there a straightforward cluster headache cure?

As with other headache conditions, there’s no simple cluster headache cure to make your pain vanish in an instant. With the help of a specialist like Dr. Torphy, however, patients can greatly reduce the severity of symptoms, shorten the cluster period or, in a best-case scenario, avoid attacks entirely.

Clear your head of pain — and worry.

Dealing with the pain of cluster headaches is bad enough. The stress of suspecting an attack is on the horizon can be unbearable.

Stop worrying about when your next cluster might arrive, and start planning for how you plan to tackle the problem.

Take your first step: schedule an appointment with Chicago Headache Center and Research Institute today!

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