Am I a clusterhead???????????????

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Posted by EJ Baker ( on April 16, 2000 at 02:47:09:

I am a 36 year old male living in NJ. For the past 15 years I have had debilitating headaches, usually occuring in the spring and fall. The symptoms are as follows: excruciating pain over my left eye. It feels as if an ice pick has been inserted. The pain can then travel down to my jaw (where I have cavaties) and sometimes into my Tempromandibular joint and sometimes to the base of my skull. However, it is centered over my eye, which closes during an attack.

Typically, this happens about 1 hour after I go to sleep and wakes me up. The pain is intense. Unlike anything I can describe. I take all sorts of pain killers and advil, aspirin and tylenol. I also have been taking sinus medicine, but my CAT scan and MRI showed no swelling in my sinuses. The pain will pass in about 1/2 hour to 45 mins, but on a bad night, comes back in 2-3 hours and wakes me up again...

As I stated, they appear in the spring and fall and then disappear in the summer and winter. Once in a while, I get them during the day, but usually late at night and most times shortly after I go to bed.

In the past Ultram has taken the pain away fast, but only for about 2-3 hours on a bad night..

I am seeing a headache specialist in a few weeks, but just wanted to know if this is what you are going through. One more night walking around, pressing on my eye and I am going to go nuts!!! This really hurts!!!!!!!!!

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