Re: I never knew

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Posted by ray overton on September 28, 1998 at 01:13:11:

In Reply to: I never knew posted by Tonya on September 27, 1998 at 16:34:05:

I'm glad your husband has you! I've suffered these
clusters for eight years. There have been times when
I was ready to chuck it all too. On a couple of
occassions the only reason I didn't was because
I simply didn't have the energy left after a bout.

It seems every person is unique on what triggers
these clusters. I've read some have found that
certain foods do it. Migraine sufferers have a long
list of foods that can trigger their headaches.
If you and your husband have not already read,
"The Headache Book", do so. It can be found in the
library. I'm sorry I don't remember the author,
I will try and find it and post it on this message
board. My experience is that foods do not trigger
my headaches. Believe me I tried to find out by
keeping a log and following strict diets. Very small
amounts of Alcohol will trigger almost any Cluster
Headache sufferer within minutes if they are in
one of their cycles. This is true of me. I have been
completely abstinent for over 6 years. Not that my
headaches have continued unabated for for 6 years.
Otherwise I wouldn't be here. I have had cycles that
seemingly came out of nowhere. However, I do know
that head trauma will most definitely trigger me.
I've heard that others have had similar experiences.
A trip to the dentist will give me a 3 month cycle.
It gives a whole new meaning to fearing a dentist.

I've heard some trigger after air flight. This does
not seem to effect me.

I am a smoker and attempted to quit recently. I used
the patches to try and quit and I am now in the
second week of a cycle. I don't if this triggered
it or not. I suspect it did, but I suppose more
experimentation is in order.

I hope I helped. Hang in there. I do know that when
your husband is in pain there isn't much you can
do for him except help him with his medicine and
stay out of the way. Its so terribly hard to be
a compitent and couragous man under all of life's
duress and be reduced to whatever it is that we are
when the pain comes.

Yoy have my prayers.

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