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Posted by Chana ( on September 30, 2000 at 11:09:42:

In Reply to: Desperate for some help and understanding for pain so bad I want to die. posted by Teresa Goetz on September 29, 2000 at 22:31:45:

I'm sorry you're going through such a bad time. I understand (as most of us here do!), because I've been through those 3 or 4 hour attacks, which seem to be abating, then hit ya right back again!!! We all know the helpless feeling and it's a bummer. Before I found my neuro, I relied on some natural remedies, which I still use.

First sign of attack--double strength coffee, down it as fast as you can.

Cold then hot compresses and meditation.

Keeping yourself as calm as possible, seems impossible, but when I get too upset, it seems to make the attack worse.

I used to take advil/benedryl at the onset. I still take 3 advil for the strong shadows, and use a cold compress.

As far as the support of your husband and children. I know that one too. I finally had to call my husband home from work in the midst of a horrible attack, an let him witness first hand the torture I was going through. It helped alot, but remember, no one, except a true clusterhead, really knows the pain and desperation you're feeling.

Feel free to email me anytime.

Hope you're feeling better.

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