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About headache

Headaches are common. Most people experience headaches from time to time, but headaches are more common in some people. Headaches can have many different causes. On this page you will find more information about two types of headache: migraine and cluster headache.

Migraine

Migraine is one of the most common types of headache. More than 10% of the Dutch population has migraine attacks annually and the average frequency is two attacks per month. Everyone can have one or two seizures at some point in their life. However, we only speak of migraine when such attacks occur regularly.

Migraines can manifest themselves in different ways. In its most typical form, migraine is characterized by attacks of throbbing, one-sided headaches lasting from 4 hours to 3 days. Side effects such as nausea, vomiting and hypersensitivity to light and sound occur.

Cluster headache

Cluster headache is a very serious type of headache. In the Netherlands, approximately 17,000 patients have cluster headaches (about 0.1 percent of the population). It is more common in men than in women.

Cluster headaches can manifest themselves in different ways. In its most typical form, the headache is characterized by attacks of severe, one-sided pain around the eye or temple. These attacks last between 15 minutes and 3 hours and occur every other day up to 8 times a day. In addition, there are various side effects such as a red, watery eye, blocked or runny nose and an urge to move.

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