Posted by Yantha (188.8.131.52) on August 28, 2000 at 18:46:22:
Hi there, this is the first time Ive posted a message. I have suffered from cluster headaches since 1992, and they were diagnosed (finally) in 1997. Until this year I hadnt had any luck whatsoever in finding relief. This year though, I had read this message board and found the Imitrex injection looked promising. When they began in July, I felt like I had some ammunition for once and that I may be lucky this time- I had been on Serzone for anxiety, and continued to take this, and my GP sourced some imitrex (imigran in NZ). I have found the injections 100% successful in aborting an attack within 5-10minutes ( even if they make me feel Ive been hit by a train for a while). But even better, the behaviour of my clusters has been completely changed: Consistently in the past I have had a bout every 12-18m, lasting about 3m. During that 3m, I usually get 3-5 per day, every day. This time though, I had 1 a day for the first 3days, and since then have had only one about every 2 wks (which I can easily hit with the Imitrex). I am sure it is the Serzone that has been effective in partial-prevention, and it does have a serotonergic effect which is probably why. I would reccommmend this to anyone that is willing to try something different in the interests of relief. I have no-minimal side effects, and feel like Ive got my life back!
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