Comparison Questions For You?
Comparison Questions For You?
I just wanted to go through a few of my signs and symptoms i get from episodic cluster headaches and see if people get the same sorts of things. Some of my signs and symptoms i've not heard of others having.
From the age of approximatley 12-14 i suffered really badly from headaches in school nearly every day for a few months at a time. These headaches would be so intense they would sometimes make me vomit. At times my parents would have to pick me up from school, and we just assumed it was migraines and i wasnt drinking enough. This period of headaches then seemed to stop for a few years and they returned when i was around 20 years old.
Have others experienced cluster headaches from such an early age. Have others had such an extensive gap?
These new headaches that started with me when i was approx. 20 years old have stuck with me until this day (I'm now 28). I suffer from Episodic CH meaning i get my headaches from October - Feb (give or take a few weeks) every year. Each headache is extremely intense in pain behind my right eye and can last anywhere between 20-90mins. Usually i get 2 a day, but my worst was 6 in a single day a couple of years ago.
Anybody else experience their bout around this time of year?
After seeing numerous GP's and Nueorolgists, i was diagnosed and was onto a course of verapamil. This didnt seem to work. I tried sumatriptan nasal spray. Didnt work. Tried sumatriptan self injection. Didnt work.
I'm now thankfully on oxygen which can be a huge pain relief 75% of the time but obviously very impractical.
October 2018 i decided to try Reflexology, but this didnt work.
October 2019 i decided to try Accupuncture and to my amazement by December my headaches were reducing and December 11th was my last headache. To my relief i had found a cure..... so i thought.
I'm now sitting here August 2020 and they have come back full force. I have started my accupuncture again, but i'm wondering if my bout has just shifted to earlier in the year. Back in december i thought the accupuncture was working but actually my season had just finnished??
Are they starting and finishing earlier in the year now? Anyone experienced this?
I have been trying to find a pattern of triggers over the last few years, but am failing miserably. However any time i go out for a meal with my partner during a headache "season" i get one come on, and i loose my appitite and ruin the evening. Sometimes i think, is it due to resteraunts being hot and stuffy. Or do i over induldge, get myself into a hot fluster and then this is a trigger?
Anybody experienced anything similar?
Finally, whenever i have a cluster headache i uncontrollably yawn nearly every minute or 2. I read somewhere that when we have an attack it attacks the part of the brain that makes us yawn. Sometimes i can be tired and can sleep a headache off after a quick 30 minute nap. But sometimes i just cannot stop yawning whilst having a headache.
Random or common?
I have been using an app called My Cluster Headaches and it is a useful basic tool to keep track of my potential patterns (times of day, frequency, treatment that works etc).
Any help or answers to the questions above would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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