The term "cluster migraine".......where did it come from??

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Posted by Cathy ( on September 12, 1999 at 09:25:33:

To everyone, especially Mike and Pat:
I went to both search engines as described by Mike and Pat---see Mike's post "ABOUT.COM" from 9/11. I have gone through the links at, coming up with clusters, migraines, other HAs and various pain. But nothing called a "cluster migraine" in any of the literature presented on the links. Also, I went to all 200 links on, as suggested by Pat. Found nothing called a "cluster migraine". Did not find the definition referred to by Pat, either. I searched under "cluster migraine syndrome" as Pat said it was called, and camed up with a variety of links from clusters to migraines to Down's Syndrome to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and on and on. I did, however, come across a few postings from during this search. One was written by Doug this past May. I found other "posts" from other sites, such as the Harvard site and These posts mentioned cluster migraines, but it was a post.....not any literature or an article. Basically, average people saying "I have cluster migraines". I cannot find a "definition" of a cluster migraine, and am very curious as to who is using this term and why. I had never heard of, seen or used the term until I saw it first on of people saying they have "cluster migraines". I have my own personal definition, but that's as far as it goes. If ANYONE can shed some light on this terminology, I can think of several people who would appreciate it.

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