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What are Cluster Headaches?
They are the worst headaches known to medical science and one of the worst pains of any kind known to medical science. Those who have experienced them will agree. Those who haven’t think of the usual sorts of headaches and wonder what the fuss is about.
They are NOT the usual sort of headache. They are NOT migraines. Those who suffer from cluster headaches wish they were called something else besides “headache,” some name that would indicate how severe they are. Some call them “attacks” rather than headaches. Some call them suicide headaches, because they have been known to drive people to this desperate treatment. The severity of the attacks, the way they seem to regularly return and the tenacity with which they defy treatment inspire sufferers to personify them into some kind of animate evil: The Beast.