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The source of the headache

The source of the headache

Neil, 29, comes into the pharmacy and asks to speak to the pharmacist about his headaches. He has been suffering from headaches behind his right eye periodically, starting around four weeks ago. The headaches only last for 15-30 minutes so he has not been taking any medication to treat the pain. He has never suffered from headaches like this before and is very concerned because they are extremely painful.


The pharmacists suspects it is a cluster headache, which is a severe unilateral (one-sided) headache that is often felt behind the eye. The term ‘cluster’ refers to the nature of attacks, with symptoms manifesting as bouts that last for several weeks followed by periods of remission.


The pain evolves rapidly and is often described as sharp, piercing, burning

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