Patients with cluster headaches are more likely to develop other ailments: Study Hindustan Times
The article was first published on Dec. 16, 2022 at 08:13 pm IST

The number of diseases, such as mental illness, heart disease as well as other neurologic disorders is three times as prevalent in patients with cluster headaches.

Cluster headaches are brief, but very painful headaches that may occur for a number of days or even weeks in the same row. (Unsplash)

ANI | | Written by Akanksha Agnihotri , Minneapolis [us]

People suffering from cluster headaches are triple the risk be suffering from other medical ailments like mental illnesses, heart disease as well as other neurologic illnesses. According to a study that was published in the December 14th 2022 issue of Neurology The medical journal published by the American Academy of Neurology. Cluster headaches are brief, but very painful headaches that can happen for a number of days or even weeks in the same row. The headaches could last anywhere between 15 minutes and three hours. (Also refer to:Headache hacks: 5 easy ways to get rid of headaches without medication )

“Around all over the globe, headaches have an incredibly detrimental effect on people’s well-being both socially and economically,” said study author Caroline Ran, PhD, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. “Our findings show that those who suffer from cluster headaches do not just have an increased risk of developing other diseases, but those who have the least of one health issue missed more days at work because of sickness or impairment than those who have only cluster headaches. Also, these people have a greater likelihood of having a prolonged absence of work.”

The study involved 3,240 individuals who suffered from cluster headaches between the ages of 16 and 64 in Sweden which were compared with 16,200 individuals who were comparable in age as well as sex and other variables. Most of them were males and this is a common occurrence with cluster headache. Researchers looked over employment records and disability claims to determine the number of days per year that people missed work because of illness or disability.

For those suffering from cluster headaches the 92 percent of them, or 2,977 individuals, experienced at the least other disease. In the absence of cluster headaches the majority, 78 percent or 12,575 individuals, had two or more diseases. Of those who had cluster headaches the majority of women suffered from more serious diseases than males, with 96 percent and 90%, respectively.

The amount of days that a person was absent due to illness and disability was more than doubled among those suffering from cluster headaches with 63 days as compared to people who did not have cluster headaches with just 34 days. People who had cluster headaches as well as at least one other illness experienced four times the number of absence days than those who had cluster headaches who didn’t have any other illness.

“Increasing our understanding of different conditions that affect people suffering from cluster headache and the way they affect their work performance is crucial,” added Ran. “This information will help us in making choices regarding treatments, preventative measures and even future prognoses.”

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