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« on: Dec 21st, 2005, 11:08am »
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Hi,  
 
My name is Julie and I'm new here.  I'm 28 - today ....   and started my day off early with a CH.  I've been fighting these things the last 10 years but getting a dr. to consider that a girl's headaches might be something other than a migrain is almost impossible. My headaches have become chronic...   I've been a guinea pig lately and it's so frustrating...  esp. when nothing works.  Imitrex does not work.  Prednisone worked great the last few days but she only kept me on for one week and won't give me anymore. WHY??  So now I'm on my first week of Topamax...  Won't even kick in until the 2nd week I'm told and the insert in the meds say they've never been tested on CH's.  So mean while the right side of my head feels like it's swelling my the minute, my right nostril burns so bad and I look like a monster with my blood-shot right eye.  My dr. says that if the Topamax doesnt work she's sending me to a neuro and my fear is that I have no med. insurance.  What am I going to do?  God please let this Topamax work!  I have spent so much $$$ already and still no relief from these damn headaches.  And when I dont' have the headaches I have the burning in my head and so I have the fear of a head ache which is almost as bad. yeah, I know ....   boohoo for me.   I just need to vent because people that dont' get headaches don't understand. and I'm so tired of people asking me 'oh, do you get migraines?"  NO...   I feel like I want to smash my eye in... does that sound like a migrain?  and I try to hide the headaches from my husband because I dont' want to talk about it. I'm sneaking into the excedrin bottle at 4am.  this has just go to stop.
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 12:04pm »
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thanks for the warm welcome everyone....
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 12:22pm »
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Sorry julie welcome to the zoo.
Been kinda busy today but from me to you welcome and I am truly sorry you had to find us but glad you did.
sometimes takes a while to get a response but they will come.
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 2:16pm »
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Julie, Hi and Welcome.
 
Like the Goast said sometimes this can be a zoo but just know that we understand and are here for you.
 
It is not an easy thing to cope with CH but with this family around it will be easier as you will not be alone.
 
Docs don't always understand awa family, friends and the general public but we do.  Your frustrations are valid here.
 
Print as much info from the left hand side here and show it to your doc.  Prednisone is a normal med for a lot of us here and ask your doc to put you on a longer dosage if it worked for you (show her the info) also ask for O2(check the oxygen info).
 
Because you suffer from this for some years already I don't know why you need to see a neuro and spend the money because a normal GP can prescribe the meds if she knows you've got CH.
 
Try to get your husband to read here or join up, he will then be able to support you(get support himself) or just have an understanding of what you are going through.
 
Wishing you pain free times
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 2:38pm »
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Hi Julie,
Welcome to the board, sorry you had to find us this way.  The way you describe things it sounds like you're having a heck of a time.  The reason they probably won't continue the prednisone is because it's really not good to use long term, it may end up causing problems alot worse than the headaches.  Like Jas said, check out the info on oxygen, it is really great stuff, and do a search on the topomax, there's been lots of discussion about it on the board.  Best of luck to you and yours.......
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 2:39pm »
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Hiya  
 
This is a great resource to know like the back of your hand...print it out and give it to the doc  
 
http://www.brightok.net/~mnjday/chtherapy.pdf
 
It will present the appropriate treatments that you should seek and your doctor should know!!!  
 
 
If you want an abortive with the least amount of side-effects O2 should not only be requested but demanded from your doctor!!!  
 
http://www.maplefallswebdesign.com/misc/oxygen/oxygen.htm
 
I have recently been using Zyprexa as an abortive and have found it to work (for me) as fast as Imitrex and without the "hangover"  
 
http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=meds;action= display;num=1120904753
 
If you do have the "typical" wake you up in the middle of the night horrors then.... Melatonin might be very helpful  
Many of us (myself included) have found that taking 6-9mg (some take more) about a 1/2 hour to 45minutes prior to bed have Knocked out the night visits and can finally get sleep.  
 
With the exception of 10-12 times.....I have slept through the night since August '04 (went chronic in March 05).....Still get hit during the day but my overall quality of life is better because I am not as exhausted all the time.  
 
Some people report that it seems to make them worse....The fact is that we are all different and respond differently to everything therefore it may or may not...  
 
The one thing I will tell you as far as my experience was that I had to stick with it...The first night I took melatonin, I was awoken with a doozy only I was too groggy to find my O2 .....It got a lot better for me....I then slept through the night but would get slammed about 1/2 hour after waking up....kinda like knocking the beast off schedule.....then again I was peaking and this cycle has been all over the place with no real pattern.  
I stayed with melatonin and have had decent sleep overall.  
 
It may help and it is natural with not too many sideeffects....also ask your doctor b/c if there are any side effects or contraindications...I think they have to do with mild depression.....  
 
Like I said we are all different.  
 
Best wishes, good luck & stay as positive as you can!!!!  
 
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« Reply #6 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 7:53pm »
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Hello Julie,
 
This stuff can really be a bear, but your in the right place and although I'm new to this board myself, I can assure you that these folks really care and the information here is right on the mark. Try the oxygen as it's a wonder. Hang in there.............
 
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« Reply #7 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 11:23pm »
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Hi Julie
 
Everyone else has given you the good gen on what's available so i'll just give you the big welcome lick  lickand welcome to the best nut house around.
 
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 22nd, 2005, 1:17am »
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Hi Julie
 
Happy Birthday.
 
This place can be a gift as good as any other, welcome.
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« Reply #9 on: Dec 23rd, 2005, 9:02am »
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Julie,
I don't know your exact situation, but you are probably much better off in the hands of a good neurologist...or at least have your doc consult one. A good neuro will know of more treatment options for you.  
 
read about oxygen and ask your curren doc for a script. You don't have to be neuro to write that.
 http://www.maplefallswebdesign.com/misc/oxygen/oxygen.htm
 
And we do understand your frustrations and fears. It's okay to vent here!Smiley
Be well and PF,
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 23rd, 2005, 10:49am »
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welcome to the jungle and happy birthday. sorry you are having so much trouble, but you've come to the right place. if you can see a nuero asap. the initial investment may be well worth it if it helps get you relief. take care and have a pf x-mas   jim
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« Reply #11 on: Dec 23rd, 2005, 2:33pm »
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welcome julie im glad ya found us and i hope we can help hang in there and keep the faith.
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