Posted by Foz (188.8.131.52) on October 08, 1999 at 11:32:09:
In Reply to: answer and another question posted by Darrell on October 07, 1999 at 16:15:33:
The only thing that consistent about my CH is that it is inconsistent!
Sounds like you and I are very much alike, though.
I get the residual headaches with 9's & 10's. Sounds sick, but the residual feels so good after a 9/10 cause I know it is over for awhile, and usually when i start getting residuals I am beginning the down side of the episode.
I also have nothing but confusion about my "triggers", I can't pinpoint if the things I try to identify are really triggers, or just co-incidence. I think it is mainly co-incidence for me. However, I was convinced of the trigger of my last episode. My wife and I were trying to be healthier, so we were drinking more milk, juice, and water. I got rewarded with a particularly nasty episode that none of my usual meds would help. I finally realized that I was consuming virtually no caffeine. The CH only went away after I returned to my lifelong habit of drinking Lipton Instant Iced Tea like a fish! I had discusssed caffeine withdrawal with my neurologist years before, but during that episode, it just didn't dawn on me right away.
I usually get at least one new and tricky item every time it appears. At first, I typically get a few days or a week of "twings" behind my left eye(It likes telling me it is on the way.) Even if I start meds, it gets stronger and more frequent. Weeks 2-3 are filled with 3-5 times a day of 7's and 8's with a 10 thrown in (usually at 3am) for good measure. Then I get treated to the different item. Sometimes it is a week of 10's 2-3 times a day, or one "fun" example was my first 8 hour CH that included a 3 hour 10 followed by what I thought was the usual drop to residual, but when it got to 6-7, it jumped back to a 10 for another 4 hour romp through my skull. It just loves to show off new tricks from time to time.
Consistence through inconsistency!
PS. You are NEVER NUTS for trying to figure out / question /discuss what is really going on with this lousy beast!!!!!!
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