Cluster Headaches: A Guide to Surviving One of the Most Painful Conditions Known to Man​

Cluster Headaches: A Guide to Surviving One of the Most Painful Conditions Known to Man​

Ashley Hattle's book is a thorough guide to living with cluster headaches. It goes into great detail about diagnosis, treatment, and salvaging a normal life living with what’s considered to be one of the most insidious pains a human being can experience.

Ashley S. Hattle has experienced episodic cluster headaches since 2007. Her struggle to find the correct diagnosis and effective treatments led her to write this book.

Ashley S. Hattle is a Michigan-based writer and photographer with a B.A. in Journalism from the Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. Hattle is the author of the newly-released, comprehensive cluster headache book—Cluster Headaches: A Guide to Surviving One of the Most Painful Conditions Known to Man.

Hattle has been featured in worldwide competitions and has experienced episodic cluster headaches since 2007. Her struggle to find the correct diagnosis and effective treatments led her to write this book.

“I bought every book from Amazon that mentioned the words ‘cluster headaches’ after I was diagnosed in 2014,” said Hattle. “I was sorely disappointed when they arrived because they only mentioned cluster headaches in one or two paragraphs or featured miscellaneous quotes that offered more confusion than clarity. I decided I couldn’t be the only one searching for information on ‘suicide headaches’ so I set out to write the book that I needed when I was diagnosed.”

Hattle hopes to continue her work by creating a series titled “Patient View Books” to help patients who suffer from other brain disorders and mental illnesses understand their medical condition and treatment options.

As a professional writer, Hattle spends her days writing medical content and freelance articles for various online and print publications. By night, she explores the depths of her imagination, creating short stories filled with strong messages of heroes and villains, truth and lies. Her favorite authors include James Rollins, Jeff Long, Daniel Keyes, John Connolly, and (of course) J.K. Rowling. 

Ms. Hattle contributed several educational articles to our Cluster Headache section.

YOUR GUIDE TO living with CLUSTER HEADACHE

There are few books written about cluster headaches for patients, their families, and even medical professionals to look to for advice on treatment and quality of life.

“Cluster Headaches: A Guide to Surviving One of the Most Painful Conditions Known to Man” is exactly that: a thorough guide to living with cluster headaches. It goes into great detail about diagnosis, treatment, and salvaging a normal life living with what’s considered to be one of the most insidious pains a human being can experience.

Cluster headaches affect approximately one in 1,000 people across the world. They are not “headaches,” but rather attacks of severe, one-sided pain, which feels like an ice pick or hot poker being stabbed through the temple or eye. This incurable condition is a form of Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgia and classified by the government as nonconvulsive epilepsy.

recognizing "SUICIDE HEADACHE"

Cluster Headache has been nicknamed “Suicide Headache,” because the rate of suicide attempts among cluster headache patients is more than 20 times the national average. This book aims to bring recognition to the isolation and immense amount of pain that comes with this disorder, and hopes to help those struggling with cluster headaches find the right treatment and come to terms with the scope of the illness.

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