As told earlier the President suffers splitting headache at the moment. It’s getting less frequent at the moment (touch wood) but still painkillers are being digested. And behold! For the first time in 25 years the doctor made a diagnosis saying: “This is a textbook case of “Horton’s Headache”. The condition was originally named Horton’s Neuralgia after Dr. B.T Horton who postulated the first theory as to their pathogenesis.

Dr Bayard T. Horton (1895–1980).

Dr Hortons original paper describes the severity of the headaches as being able to take normal men and force them to suicide. Indeed, cluster headaches are also known by the nickname “suicide headaches”. The clinical term is “Cluster headache” and involves, as its most prominent feature, an immense degree of pain. “Cluster” refers to the tendency of these headaches to occur periodically, with active periods interrupted by spontaneous remissions. The cause of the disease is currently unknown.


Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) showing brain areas being activated during pain.

In episodic cluster headache, these attacks occur once or more daily, often at the same times each day, for a period of several weeks, followed by a headache-free period lasting weeks, months, or years.

The degree of pain involved in cluster headaches is markedly greater than in other headache conditions, including migraine. It has been described by female patients as being more severe than childbirth. The pain is lancinating or boring in quality, and is located behind the eye or in the temple, sometimes radiating to the neck or shoulder. Analogies frequently used to describe the pain are a red-hot poker inserted into the eye, or a spike penetrating from the top of the head, or sometimes having a leg amputated without any anesthetic…

In short, you don’t want this kind of pain… Do not try this at home – remember, the President is a tough guy. Read more about Cluster Headache here.

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