didn't state myself clearly I guess

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Posted by gary ( on December 11, 1999 at 18:26:55:

In Reply to: Episodic/Chronic Shadows? posted by drummer on December 11, 1999 at 17:04:46:

didn't mean to say the "shadows" (mild/low level attacks) were only at the beginning of my episodic clusters

each cluster STARTS with a series of shadows, which apparently "ripen" into fully realized pain attacks

then through the cluster period, I get the shadows interspersed with the pain attacks

the palate swelling occurs at a stage between shadows & pain attack - - so, if I'm "waiting out" a shadow to see what happens before taking abortive meds, one of the most reliable predictors is if the palate spot swells up - THAT signals progression from shadow into pain attack & I hit the abortive

WHY try to avoid trhe abortives if possible?

pretty simple - I believe the LESS I use the abortive therapies, the BETTER they work when I do need them, and of course the lower level of negative side effects I incur

BUT there is a bit of gamesmanship here, because i ALSO believe that somehow the fatigue & stress of repeated bad attacks "feeds" the continuance of same

SO - tho I try to keep the med level as LOW as possible in general, I also don't play russian roulette with trying to "tough out" attacks, because I believe that is asking for trouble

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