Cluster headaches are a series of short, very painful headaches that can last for weeks to months at a time. The pain is usually more severe than a migraine but they do not usually last as long. Cluster headaches tend to be seasonal, so people that are affected have the headaches around the same time each year. Because of this, cluster headaches are often mistaken for allergy symptoms or work stress.
1 in 1,000 people are affected, making cluster headaches the least common type of headache. They usually start before age 30 and men tend to get them more than women do. Cluster headaches have the tendency to go away for months or years, but sometimes return without any warning.
At this point, we are not sure what causes them, but we do know that a nerve in the face is involved which creates an intense pain around one of the eyes. During a cluster headache, a specific nerve pathway in the base of the brain is activated. That signal seems to come from a place deep within the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the bodies “internal biological clock” that controls sleep and wake cycles.
Albuquerque Clinical Trials is conducting a research study to evaluate an investigational medication in the treatment of cluster headaches. Qualified participants will receive all study medication and study-related care from a dedicated team of medical staff at no cost. Health insurance is not required to participate. Compensation for time and travel is available.
If you would like more information or to see if you qualify, sign up for this study on our PARTICIPANT SIGN UP FORM and a member of our team will contact you.