Our Vision and Philosophy
We aim to be the best Australian healthcare providers in the headache and migraine field. It is our goal to deliver great results, and help provide you with a life that is free from headaches and migraines, without the endless need for medication.
The clinicians at Gold Coast Headache & Migraine Clinic commit to providing the highest quality of care and advice to all of our patients.
We endeavour to provide an unprecedented experience and an exceptional service; from the second you step into our reception area, through to when you are shown into our treatment rooms, while you are learning more about the cause of your condition and receiving you ‘prevent headaches4life plan’, right through to the moment that you walk out the door saying goodbye to our friendly receptionist.
At Gold Coast Headache & Migraine Clinic, our philosophy of care is underpinned by our clinical approach, ‘Prevent Headaches4Life Plan’, which is our method to provide you sustainable and long-term results. We want you to achieve your personal goals, and will go one step further in helping to ensure the prevention of future flare-ups. The Assessment, The Treatment and The Results pathways, are designed to deliver you a life that is free of headaches and migraines.
Your headache clinician will be with you every step of the way, providing you with holistic care, backed by our Prevent Headaches4Life pathway, giving you every piece of help you need ensure you achieve your goals.
A lifetime trust of clients
Our professionalism and expertise help us to build a strong relationship with our patients, that is designed to last a lifetime. Our practitioners maintain a high ethical standard and have the highest morals, so that you can ensure the highest levels of trust with them and their profession. We see and treat headaches and migraines every single day, so you can ensure your clinician will be able to give you an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. We believe, that in order for you to get through to stage 3 of your plan (the safe zone), trust needs to be at the centre of our relationship.
Long term results
At the Gold Coast Headache & Migraine Clinic, we are dedicated to providing long-term results and not just a quick fix. This approach involves a longer, more thorough assessment which allows us to understand more about your symptoms and your body. The results of this assessment allow us to paint a full picture of your condition and provide you with the most accurate treatment plan for you. We aim to not just treat your symptoms, but going one step further and treating the cause. This allows us to strive for helping you achieve a life free from headaches and migraines.
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Common Headaches Treated
What are Cluster Headaches?
Cluster Headaches are a rare type of headaches that affect around 0.1% of the population, according to the International Headache Society. While they are rare, it does affect males 3-4 times more frequently than females .
Despite being uncommon, Cluster Headaches are regarded as being the most severe and debilitating type of headache. Research has shown Cluster Headaches frequently described as having the highest pain levels , out of all 300 different types of headache and migraine. Cluster Headache attacks occur in cycles, and will often wake sufferers during the night, or at regular times during the day. Attacks generally last between 15-180 minutes, and can happen multiple times per day, or once every couple of days [1, 2]. People who suffer from Cluster Headaches generally experience periods of attacks, or “cluster periods” that can last weeks or months. These periods are then followed by periods of remission lasting weeks, months or even years. The pain is often severe, on one-side of the head, and generally around the eye and/or temple region. Cluster Headaches have adopted the nickname, ‘suicide headaches’ due to their severe and debilitating nature .
What are the signs and symptoms?
Cluster Headaches are often severe enough that a sufferer cannot keep still during an attack. They may pace back and forth, have to take a shower, or even resort to banging their head in an attempt to reduce the pan.
Symptoms commonly associated with Cluster Headaches include :
- Severe pain around one eye, that can radiate further around the face or neck
- Restlessness, shortness of breath and/or a sweaty face
- Watery/teary eyes or eye redness
- Swollen or droopy eyelids
- Runny or congested nose
- Pale or flushed skin
- Pain is unilateral, or affects only one side
What are the different types of Cluster Headache?
There are 2 types of cluster headache.
Episodic Cluster Headache
Cluster Headaches most commonly occur episodically. This is when sufferers experience bouts of “cluster periods” that can last for weeks or months, followed by an extended period in remission that can last up to years. They can occur seasonally or at set times each year. Episodic Cluster Headaches account for up to 80% of all Cluster Headaches [1, 2].
Chronic Cluster Headache
When Cluster Headaches occur without a prolonged period of remission, they are termed a Chronic Cluster headache. Sufferers often have “cluster periods” that will last over a year. While they may have days without attacks, the remissions will not last longer than a month.
What are the risk factors?
- Men are 5-6 times more likely to experience cluster headaches
- Sufferers are generally heavy smokers
- Higher alcohol consumption may be a factor
- Cluster Headaches most commonly affect people aged 20-50, but can occur at any age
- People with family members who are sufferers may be at a higher risk
What causes Cluster Headaches?
Historically, it was believed that cluster headaches, as well as migraines, were caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the head, causing pain. This was thought because medications, like triptans, are effective at relieving the pain if taking early enough in an attack. It was believed that triptans prevent this vessel dilation. However, recent research has shown that Cluster Headache and migraine sufferers do not experience blood vessel dilation at any different levels to people who do not suffer. So, how do these medications work?
Modern research has shown that Cluster Headaches and migraines arise from increased sensitivity in the central nervous system , more specifically, a sensitised brainstem which is located in the upper cervical spine (the upper neck). Faults in the upper neck can lead to this sensitised brainstem, which then can refer severe pain and associated symptoms into the head and face . Triptan medication has also more recently been shown to de-sensitise the brainstem , as well as its original purpose of constricting blood vessels in the head. This would explain why they work, as well as identifying a sensitised brainstem and the cervical spine as a cause of cluster headaches.
I've tried it all, is there anything that can help me?
While Cluster Headaches are very uncommon, they are still experienced in the Gold Coast region. The severity of symptoms causes sufferers to try a range of therapies in an attempt to resolve them, with mixed results. Often, they have tried; medications, injection therapy, or even surgical interventions such as, nerve blocks or blood vessel cauterisation.
At The Headache and Migraine Clinic, we aim to use the most modern research to find the root cause of your cluster headaches. If we can determine that a sensitised brainstem is the cause of your headaches, then we can use world-leading treatment techniques to address the faults in your neck and de-sensitise the brainstem. We have seen plenty of Cluster Headache sufferers at our clinics, and have an 85-90% success rate with our treatment technique. The best part is that it is safe, non-invasive and medication-free.