The Advil connection...

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Posted by Andrew Mytys ( on June 09, 2000 at 22:51:22:

In Reply to: Weather posted by BobG on June 09, 2000 at 17:33:13:

I'm not saying that Advil works.
I'm rather new to all this CH stuff - I know that I have 100% of the symptoms of one who suffers from Episodic CH. I'm currently seeing a physician, and he's in the process of sending me to a neurologist. Sinus and Migraines have been ruled out.

As for the Advil, I get a numbness during the day, and take 2-pills. I don't get a headache at work. Does this mean I have "avoided" a headach? Not necessarilly. As someone who didn't know what the hell was going on, and someone who had gotten attacks during the day in the past, I just assumed that what I had were bad headaches and that I was avoiding them.

When I got one of those excruciatingly painful attacks that woke me up in the middle of the night and I took 2 Advil and went on to pace, pull my hair, and vice my head in between my palms, I just thought that the fact that they went away after an hour was due to the Advil "kicking-in" - it never occurred to me that the headaches might only last for an hour.

As for the barometer theory, this was yet another assumption. Again, I never heard of CH. Each year, in the spring and fall, I get a REAL bad headache (come to think of it, I never get slight headaches). Anyway, I just figured "It's that time of the year" and expected to get another headache "whenever the weather changed." Living in Michigan, in the Metro Detroit area, we have rapidly changing weather patterns due to our proximity to Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. It never occurred to me that I might just be in a "headache cycle" that was like a bell-curve, where they would get progressively worse throughout a couple of weeks, then not so bad, then go away - I thought that they were all related to weather. But, weather changes every 12-hours are the norm. That explains why so many times when I got a headache, and "predicted a storm", it didn't happen - the headache was supposed to happen, irrespective of the weather.

Again, I was fishing for reasons and anything that gave me a reason (weather) or a ray of hope (Advil) was my liferaft to salvation.

Today, I'm finally glad just to know what it is that I have so that I can deal with it.

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