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When headaches become cluster headaches

You may be suffering from continual and excruciating headaches, and you don’t deserve to be told by a doctor that these are “just headaches.” The fact is that a neurological condition exists called cluster headache. Michigan residents should know that 1 in 1,000 people suffer from it, making it as common as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.

Characteristics of cluster headaches

Each day, patients can suffer multiple headache attacks, the duration of which can be anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours. Most of the time, patients experience pain on one side only and may suffer from drooping, tearing eyes and a runny nose at the same time. The pain has been compared to that of childbirth.

All too liable to misdiagnosis

Cluster headaches are not rare, as was suggested above, but many doctors continue to misdiagnose the condition, not knowing what it is. Most commonly, they mistake it for cluster migraines, which differ in one crucial sense. They cause patients to suffer from nausea and sensitivity to light. In any event, patients who are misdiagnosed may undergo unnecessary treatments, even having teeth extracted because the doctor thought it was a dental issue.

A lawyer for malpractice cases

Besides ignorance, several factors can go into a diagnostic error — for example, lack of communication between medical specialists and a lack of follow-through. You may have good grounds for a medical malpractice case if your doctor’s negligence caused the error. If your case succeeds, you may be reimbursed for the expense of all those unnecessary treatments and lost wages and pain and suffering.

A lawyer may be of great help since filing a claim is far from easy. You may especially want an attorney to negotiate a settlement for you with the other side.

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