Cluster Headache Day – one of the worst pains known to man

European Parliament event announcing Cluster Headache Day – 21st March

Migraine Action supports Cluster Headache Day

Cluster headache affects up to 4 in 1,000 people, similar to the incidence of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Despite being relatively unkown, it is one of the worst pains known to man and unlike migraine it mainly affects men. The word ‘cluster’ refers to a period of time lasting weeks or months, with an increased number of headache attacks associated with seasonal changes and light hours in the day, peaking at the equinox.


The European Parliament event hosted by Irish MEP, Nessa Childers included presentations on cluster headache from the medical and patient perspective.


Prof. Paolo Martelletti Vice President of EHF said cluster headache is an abandoned brain disorder due to a lack of medical knowledge. Prof. David Vodusek of the European Academy of Neurology commented on the need to educate both the public and doctors to raise awareness of this brain disorder. Steve Verbruggen, gave a moving personal testimony outlining the impact of up to 700 attacks per year on his personal life and career. 


Prof. Dimos Mitsikostas, President of EHF, stated that more than 600,000 people in Europe live with cluster headache with less than 50% seeing a specialist and more than a third of sufferers missing work at a cost of 7 billion euro per year. 

Audrey Craven, President of EHA explained that the activities of cluster headache day would include both online and offline activities as part of EHA’s ‘What’s Under the Hat?’ public awareness campaign.


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