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#1 Fri, 13/11/2020 - 19:02
Last seen: 3 years 6 months ago
Joined: 10/11/2020 - 23:21

Permanent Headache

Hi All
Just need some advice i have just been diagnosed with CH had my first episode a month ago lasted for a week getting them every night then they just faded away but then had came back a week ago and my god worse than ever for a day.
but now I have a permanent dull headache all the time for 2 weeks and nose seem blocked up on right side. Just wondering if this is normal after CH .
Thanks in advance

C Brown

Tue, 24/11/2020 - 13:54
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Last seen: 3 years 6 months ago
Joined: 21/11/2020 - 21:36

Hello, so sorry you have CH.  I've just finished a bout of headaches lasting five days.  They have been coming and going with a left blocked nostril for the duration and today is my best day, only having a dull ache along the base of my skull.

You may still be in the CH phase although not as painful as initially.  I wish you well and hopefully it will all clear soon and you'll be back to normal.


Mon, 30/11/2020 - 11:52
Last seen: 1 month 5 days ago
Joined: 01/12/2019 - 20:14

Hi I have the permanent headache symptoms you refer too - they last for a few days though rather than weeks - sorry to hear of your suffering. I recognise the dull ache referred to above (currently on day three of it myself). For me it is always on the right hand side of the base of my skull. I also get pain in my right shoulder and arm. I identify them occuring only after a particularly bad CH. I have been working through various treatments to try and break the cycle to varying levels of success - accupunture/physio/yoga. Whilst not discovering the magic solution I do get benefit from the treatment. I have become a chronic suffer this last 12 months, my October 2019 bout was still ongoing in October 2020! I mention this as it may explain any differences above 

Thu, 10/12/2020 - 13:28
Last seen: 2 years 9 months ago
Joined: 10/12/2020 - 12:29

I suffer these either before an attack or after I refer to is as a shadow across the one side of my face with a blocked nostril so I understand the frustration

Michael Gibson

Sun, 20/12/2020 - 11:22
Last seen: 1 hour 3 min ago
Joined: 21/03/2012 - 15:16

Hello C Brown, 

I'd suggest you take the 'Do I have Cluster Headache' questionnaire on our website, that might point you towards what type of headache you have.  Also have a read of 'Cluster Headache Basics' for how to get a referral to a headache neuro and get the right meds from your GP.  All our info is free to read and download.  

Hope you get sorted out soon - and don't forget we have an  Advice Line - 0800 669 6824.


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