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Posted by drummer ( on December 17, 1999 at 10:47:07:

In Reply to: Update on Ideas posted by James on December 17, 1999 at 09:35:25:

I’ve read your post twice and I believe I understand your philosophical and scientific dilemma. I’ve been reading this message board for quite a long time too. I’ve reached a point where I THINK I can distinguish the “clusterheads” from the “non-clusterheads” and obviously for my OWN selfish reasons I’m only concerned with the “clusterheads”.

I’ve had the opportunity to actually speak with over 50 “clusterheads” since I’ve found this web-site. I find that speaking with “clusterheads” avoids a lot of the miscommunication that sometimes happens with the written word, like E-mails, ICQ’s and this message board.

HOWEVER, even with speaking with “clusterheads” I have found that they are still human beings that have various opinions, thoughts, ideas and conclusions as to the (cause/effect) of Cluster Headaches. SOME believe that Clusters have an emotional component involved. SOME believe that it is strictly physical. SOME believe that it is an act from a Superior Being. SOME believe that it is just dumb luck. SOME don’t give a shit what causes Cluster Headaches. They just want the pain to stop.

ALL of the “clusterheads” that I have had the opportunity to speak with have a vast range of personalities. It is my humble opinion that there is NO common personality trait involved with Cluster Headaches.

As far as answering your question about (ABNORMAL PERSONALITY TRAIT)? Since I am NOT a Psychologist NOR a Psychiatrist and since I don’t want to offend ANYONE. I will leave that question alone. :-)

Speaking for myself. I ask myself and others questions every day. I’ve always been curious as to the (cause/effect) of just about everything from Cluster Headaches to Life itself. Like you, I’m not a nut either. I’m a chronic “clusterhead” though and not an episodic “clusterhead”. I don’t think that this makes a difference though. You and I still feel the same exact excruciating, exquisite pain in our heads.

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