Want to see what a cluster headache looks like?

Monday, June 04, 2007

The gentleman has been kind enough to allow himself to be filmed having an attack is not by any stretch of the imagination exaggerating. The pain is described as "having a white hot icepick being driven into the eye socket". Definately not a pleasant sensation. This is the reason part of the reason they have been coloufully nicknamed "suicide headaches"; a sufferer will do just about anything to allieviate the pain. Personally I do not know of anyone who has died. Unfortuneately, attempts can happen. Not because they want to die but want some relief.

I will warnyou that it can be hard to watch someone is this much pain. There is no blood, gore or violence but yet some viewers may find the images disturbing. The video below is just under 9 minutes. Please do not feel like you need to watch the entire clip.

After you finish, ask yourself if you could go through that for 15 - 180 minutes at a time with up to a dozen attacks a day over a period of weeks, in some cases, years without a day "free" from pain. Try to remember there is no cure and painkillers are frowned upon except in the most severe cases.

The reason the clip has been added is to help educate non-sufferers. I hope it has put cluster headaches in perspective. They are not "just a headache".


Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience.
-Randolph Bourne



grueling. informative. thank you. the quote says it all.

By Blogger deborah, at 4 June 2007 at 05:22  

I found this video very helpful with describing to people the pain I go through. While it's nowhere close to this man's episode, it's still traumatic. Thanks for posting.

By Anonymous Artin, at 24 June 2007 at 19:21  

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