Emotional Factor

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Posted by Dave W ( on October 12, 1999 at 13:55:51:

In Reply to: back to discussion of rebounds & a word to the grammar nuts posted by gary g on October 12, 1999 at 12:48:00:

Nice post, Gary.

I want to add my two bits worth to the effects of emotional well-being to the quality of life during a cluster cycle. I've had 20 years of these darned things, and along the way I have found a lot of peace in the "one day at a time" philosophy that I had to learn elsewhere.

I have been able to translate it to "one headache at a time" quite successfully for the past 7 or 8 years, and it's made a very big difference for me. I read *so* many posts from people who finish up a cluster attack and immediately begin dreading the next one, to the point that they cannot function at work or at play. It isn't an easy thing to do, but with lots of practice I think most folks can learn to *live* between the headaches. Yeah, I get knocked to the floor 2 or 3 times a day for an hour or so (or lots less if I'm using my oxygen and Imitrex right). That means I've got 20 hours minimum every day to sleep, work, play, or just zone out.

Here's hoping that these posts spark an idea for at least one of you -- I changed my attitude over a period of time, it sounds like Gary has developed a good outlook -- maybe you can too.

Pain Free Days ahead!


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