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RecurrenceCluster headaches are occasionally referred to as "alarm clock headaches" because of their ability to wake a person from sleep and because of the regularity of their timing: both the individual attacks and the clusters themselves can have a metronomic regularity; attacks striking at a precise time of day each morning or night is typical, even precisely at the same time a week later. The clusters tend to follow daylight saving time changes and happen more often in spring and fall equinox. This has prompted researchers to speculate an involvement of the brain's "biological clock" or circadian rhythm.

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my husband has the SUNCT ( we never identified it before) so maybe my son has a variation. Only time will tell

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When we discuss cluster headache, we most commonly are referring to the episodic variety. However, about 10% of all patients with cluster headache will have a period in which the disease becomes chronic and does not remit for a year or more. This can either occur right from the first attacks or develop in the latter years of having them, which is the more common. Chronic paroxysmal hemicrania is another form of cluster headache in which the attacks are much shorter but far more frequent. This can also occur in a number of variants and may be referred to as the “stab and jab syndrome” and “ice pick headache,” among others. One last type of headache classified with cluster headache is called short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection, or SUNCT. Obviously you can see why, in fact, the pain in this syndrome may last less time than it takes to pronounce the full diagnosis.

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