In Italy, one in two people suffers from headaches. Given that from the statistics there must be about 26 million people with this disorder, it is easy to determine the proportion. Unfortunately, headaches are not always treated with proper consideration and seriousness. It is believed that “eating the pill that passes” is the correct answer. Perhaps because it is so common, according to the World Health Organization, that headaches are among the top ten disabilities in the world. However, we are wrong to underestimate it, because it is always a precursor to something not working.
Beware of this particular headache that should not be underestimated
Headaches seem unique to us, but in fact they can be a symptom of various syndromes, which can affect anyone in general, or perhaps men or women in particular. That is why we must not underestimate this signal that the body sends to us, but rather take it seriously. In particular, a throbbing headache with a closed nostril and beyond can be a symptom of one of the most serious forms of migraine. This is what is called a cluster headache and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità explains what it is.
Cluster headaches are characterized by affecting only one side of the head with severe pain. It usually focuses on the area around the eye. If we suffer from it it is bad, because it is one of the worst types of headaches that we can suffer from. It affects about 1 in 500 or 1,000 people and can occur at any age, although it is more likely to occur after age 20 and in males. The people most at risk appear to be smokers.
A stabbing headache with a closed nostril and beyond could be a symptom of this horrible migraine, which is the worst of all.
Headaches are defined as cluster because they come without warning and have frequent attacks, up to eight per day. It lasts several weeks (usually 4 to 12 weeks) and is interspersed with periods in which it disappears, alternatively, perhaps for months or years. Usually, this headache is accompanied by one or more symptoms. They include eye redness and tearing, eyelid swelling or drooping, pupil constriction, facial sweating, closed or runny nose, and ear redness.
It is essential to contact your family doctor for investigation. Symptoms may already be evident, but sometimes a CT scan or MRI of the brain is required to rule out other diseases with similar pathologies. Cluster headaches are not life threatening, but they certainly compromise their quality.
Headaches, fatigue and muscle aches can be symptoms of a syndrome that should not be underestimated and that mainly affects women