Long cluster attacks

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Posted by Hal ( on March 27, 2000 at 02:48:45:

In Reply to: Yup. It does explain some things posted by Ted on March 26, 2000 at 23:28:39:

The pain totally vanishes from, let's say, my eye and *immediately* starts up again in my cheek. Then it completely stops in my cheek and immediately starts up again in my teeth. Then it goes back to my cheek and then back to my eye. There's never any overlapping of the pain during one of these shifts, no location is skipped over, and there's never any pain in all three places at once. Because there's *no* kind of overlapping *at all*, it seems to me that this *does* count as coming and going. The point that I was trying to make was that, because there are only a few seconds between the end of the pain in one location and the start of the pain in the next location, up until now, I had always considered this kind of thing to be one, abnormally long attack. But now it seems to me that it makes just as much sense to consider it to be a series of normal attacks, - a cluster of clusters, so to speak - with only a trivial amount of time between attacks, seconds instead of hours.
There's an added psychological horror to this sort of attack. You find yourself praying to every god known to man or beast to please, Please, PLEASE make the pain move to another spot. It eventually does, of course. And you immediately find yourself wondering just how you could have been such a *complete* asshole as not to have left well-enough alone.
The worst location for the pain, though, is in my eye. I get spikes or icepicks of pain in it that last maybe three seconds or perhaps even less. These spikes are so horribly painful that I'm not even going to try to describe them.

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