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Posted by Todd ( on November 25, 2000 at 22:58:24:

In Reply to: The word cluster migraine.... posted by August on November 25, 2000 at 22:00:18:

While I agree with annemarie that this board is sometimes to quick to jump, I did want to respond to August's questions/comments.

The International Headache Society lists Four (4) types of Primary Headache, with a couple of sub-types:

1. Migraine, including:
1.1 Migraine without aura

1.2 Migraine with aura

2. Tension-type headache, including:
2.1 Episodic tension-type headache

2.2 Chronic tension-type headache

3. Cluster headache and chronic paroxysmal hemicrania
3.1 Episodic cluster headache

3.2 Chronic cluster headache
4. Miscellaneous headaches unassociated with structural lesion

"Cluster migraine" is not an official medical term, and thus one should be suspect (IMHO) of any doctor using it.

"Migrainous neuralgia" is an older, and now unused, term for CH, probably accounting for the confusion. Again, doctors using this term are suspect (IMHO) with regard to how up to date their knowledge of this area is.

At the 9th Annual IHS Convention last year, there was a proposal to formally recognize "chronic from onset" and "chronic evolved from episodic" forms of CH, but as far as I can tell this hasn't been officially endorsed yet.

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