Hi Stuart

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Posted by Todd ( on January 11, 2000 at 07:33:40:

In Reply to: could the pain get any worse posted by Stuart Sauntson on January 11, 2000 at 07:19:26:

Sorry to hear about your pain.
Check the links on the left of the board. Take the cluster quiz and the questionnaire and read the cluster traits. A couple of things you said point away from ch:
-the slow onset. CH typically presents in just 1 or 2 minutes.
-the long duration. CH TYPICALLY lasts 15 to 60 minutes.
-the frequency--ch are called 'clusters' because MOST sufferers are episodic...i.e., 4-12 (typical) weeks of daily attacks of 1-4/day followed by months or even years of complete remission.
-you didn't mention timing, but ch typically follow a very regular schedule, i.e. same time every day and then again about 1 1/2 hours after falling asleep.
These are NOT absolutes and there are people here with stories of 4 hour clusters and other variants, but they are good guidelines.
Wishing you luck in securing an accurate diagnosis.

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