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Posted by Bennie Sue ( on September 03, 2000 at 02:20:14:

In Reply to: Chronic with cycles posted by Question? on September 03, 2000 at 00:58:00:

For years I was told by my neurologists I was a chronic sufferer. But I knew I only had a bad time for a few weeks each year. When I got familiar with this site I learned I had never been chronic. I suppose my doctors called me chronic because my cycles were not necessarily seasonal, which was a little unusual.
Cycles, attacks, bouts, etc. are sometimes difficult to understand and vary with just about everyone.
I am guessing what you meant by cycle was that you had a really bad, more than usually severe series of attacks sort of grouped together.
If you have less then a few days pain free each year you are called chronic as a rule.
If you are lucky you only have one or two bad cycles of attacks each year with long pain free periods between.
Clarifying such things for sufferers and the medical community alike is one objective of O.U.C.H. Everyone can help by joining the organization and spreading the word about cluster headache.

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