Cluster headache is an extraordinarily painful, rare chronic disease affecting five times as many men as women. Cluster headaches usually develop between the ages of 20-40. Cluster headaches affects about 1 per 1000, estimated 14,000 Australians. The term 'cluster' is used as the attacks usually occur in groups or clusters, typically for several weeks once or twice a year at the same time of year. The cause of cluster headache is thought to be a disorder of an "internal clock" in the hypothalamus.
Cluster headaches is scientifically proven to be one of the most painful disorders. It is known to be more painful then childbirth.
My name is Harry and I am a sufferer from the cluster headache disorder and have been for a year now. One morning in August 2014, I was at work completing my work tasks. I felt a small migraine coming on, I then took some paracetamol. Within 20 minutes I was being rushed to hospital. My head felt like it was exploding, my right eye was drooping and I was struggling to breathe normally. I was immediately put on oxygen and strong medication. A stay in hospital, an MRI scan and meetings with neurologists I was notified that I had been diagnosed with the neurological disorder 'cluster headaches'
To raise awareness and funding for medical research I am going to ride a cycle bike from Sydney to Melbourne (approx 950km) and will be commencing this adventure on February 4th 2016. I am going to be riding for all the victims and myself who have to suffer the excruciating pain of the disorder on a regular basis. We deserve a voice. We deserve a cure.
All donations are much appreciated!
If you would like to follow my journey please visit the instagram page #theclusterride
let's ride for cluster