The lesser of the evils--conciousness or sleep?

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Posted by Todd Owen ( on June 13, 2000 at 06:05:46:

Good morning all,

I'm up in the middle of the night here as well. Cluster is still banging away pretty good, it's a bout a 5 right now, and ramping its merry way on up. Was part of what woke me up. I could probably get back to sleep save one fear: the nightmares that seem to be induced by the pain.

The only time the nightmares hit is in conjunction with the cluster attacks. It wouldn't be that bad except these nightmares are completely and totally evil. In the last week, the nightmares included the death of my wife or my son, either in front of me or in my arms. For some reason I'm getting kind of reluctant to go back to sleep. The images are burned in my mind--they scared the hell out of me. I just wish it would stop, I want to go back to sleep.

I want my real dreams back. The ones where I am flying free above the earth, where I am enjoying a day with my wife and children. But for now I guess sleep is out of the question. Anyone else finding pain-induced nightmares?

Todd Owen

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