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Posted by Duncan ( on October 09, 2000 at 06:48:02:

In Reply to: Scared posted by David Torra on October 09, 2000 at 03:54:04:

David, you've come to the right place. You'll get lots of support here and also good advice.

I'm going through a rough patch myself at the moment so I know how you're feeling.

Here's what I would suggest. Find yourself a doctor/neurologist who will prescribe you some preventative medication like verapamil or lithium to suppress the general symptoms (i.e. stop the attacks happening). When the attacks do happen most sufferers find oxygen very effective at aborting the attack quickly (you will find details on this site about volumes and concentrations required). For those attacks that get past the oxygen then most find the Imitrex injections better and quicker than the nasal spray.

Cluster headache attacks are always frightening in fact I think the fear factor is worse than the pain factor - pure evil. You think the attack is never going to end - but they always do thank God.

Things will improve David. But try to take some positive action or, if you're not feeling up to it, ask your fiancee to do some research on the above suggestions. If I were you my first priority would be to get hold of some oxygen and a suitable mask.

Best of luck


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