Posted by Todd (18.104.22.168) on April 08, 2000 at 08:26:31:
In Reply to: Drummer-you have lit my fuse! posted by Graham on April 07, 2000 at 20:58:55:
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE TAKING TO COMBAT THEIR HEADACHES.
Imitrex as an abortive. Feeling what I've come to know are the warning signs that a cycle is about to start, I saw my doc a few weeks ago and got Inderal to see if it helps prevent. So far, so good, but we all know that is likely to be coincidence.
I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT DRUGS DO AND DO NOT WORK.
There doesn't appear to be any drugs which work for everyone, and many drugs that work for a particular person frequently later become ineffective.
I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE DRUGS WE TAKE.
With all the drugs we use, the side effects are just about everything. I suggest you use the medical links button on the left, scroll down and check on or more of the online pharmacology resources for the specific drugs you take or are considering.
I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS.
In the 1+ year I've been here I have yet to see any credible evidence regarding any 'alternative treatments' - if by AT you mean acupuncture, chiropractic, hypnotism, etc. Water,water, water appears to have some benefit for several people.
I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MAGIC MUSHROOMS AND THEIR SUPPOSED BENEFITIAL EFFECTS. Search the archives for "Flash" - he's the leading and probably only 'expert' on this subject. I just eat portobello sandwichs on occasion, but they don't seem to effect ch one way or the other
I WANT TO KNOW IF RAMMING A CHILLI PEPPER UP MY NOSE WILL REDUCE MY CLUSTER ATTACKS.
I've never tried that, but personally I'm skeptical
I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT FOODS WE CAN OR CANNOT EAT.
I have never identified any foods I cannot eat (with regard to ch) I can't eat sauerkraut, beets, collards, chittlings, head cheese, pigs knuckles and a bunch of other stuff, but that has nothing to do with ch.
Alcohol is a 'universal' trigger for us, however. I put 'universal' in quotes because ONE ch'r I know isn't triggered by alcohol. My guess is that he is the 'exception that proves the rule'. As with all aspects of ch, there are no absolutes.
I WANT TO KNOW HOW WE CAN ALL SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT.
I'd like to know that also.
I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT NEW DRUGS FOR OUR CONDITION.
Search for "topomax". To my knowledge, it is the only new drug for ch, although there is a new triptan in test which seems to be even more effective than Imitrex and Amerge for migraines. Haven't seen any thing about it and ch yet.
I WANT TO KNOW HOW WE CAN ABORT THESE BLOODY HEADACHES ONCE WE ARE IN AN ATTACK.
If Imitrex or O2 doesn't work, you just have to ride it out. I suggest pacing CALMLY while mentally focusing on pushing the pain back.
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE CORRECT LEVEL OF SLEEP IS REQUIRED TO MINIMISE ATTACKS.
No bloody idea, but in general humans require 8 - 10 hours of sleep each night to maintain good health. Even more important (according to studies I've read) is the regularity of the sleep... i.e., go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every night, including weekends.
I WANT TO KNOW IF THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT WE RECEIVE IN A DAY EFFECTS OUR CONDITION.
There was some discussion of this several months back, but personally I don't feel it's related to ch.
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU HAD FOR BREAKFAST AND HOW IT PREVENTED YOU FROM HAVING AN ATTACK A WEEK
Same thing I have every day for breakfast - 3 cups of black coffee, no sugar and 3 cigarettes.
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