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Posted by Tracy - Nwe Poster, Surrey, England ( on February 29, 2000 at 16:39:14:

Hi, I think this is my first post. Although I'm not sure, I tried to post before, but my head was peaking about then so it's possible I never actaully sent it.

Well, I've had a week off but another one's starting today. The last lot lasted 2.5 months, I dread to think how long this one will last.

I'm married, 34 and have a 2 year old daughter. She worries, a lot. She keeps asking me if I'm ok, even when I don't have a headache. I feel really sorry for her as I know it's affecting her.

I don't know if clusters are hereditary, maybe someone could tell me. Migraines run in my family. I used to get them up until a couple of years ago.

I've only recently found out I'm chronic. Although I'm not sure myself, as they die down a lot in the Summer and I thought chronic sufferers get them all the time.

Maybe some could tell me? Thanks.

I don't take any medication other than the usual 'over-the-counter' painkillers as my GP doesn't believe it's worth giving me any strong painkillers as there's no known trigger for me at the moment. Well, except I'm asthmatic, and I wonder if that doesn't help.

He thinks stress makes them worse, but I didn't think stress was a trigger. And how come I get them even when I'm chilled and having a realxing/good time? He won't/can't answer that. The only GP there who was ever any help was forcibly retired last year as the other GP's (mine most as he's the Manager too) said he was "spending too much time with patients and not enough on his paperwork" (the GP who retired told me sadly himself, he said he was glad to go as it was all too beaureaucratic now).

Anyway, I'll go now as it's getting worse and I want to try and get some sleep.

BTW, thanks. It was only when I read your opening page that I realised I wasn't going mad. It's of some comfort to know that other people know what's like to wonder how it'd feel to cut your head off.

Tracy - New Poster

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