Posted by LarryB (22.214.171.124) on January 29, 2001 at 18:12:03:
I was wondering why O2 isn't suggested more often for aborting pain and helping to get some sleep at night. I've had Ch's for 25 years and went through some God awful times with it in the past. I found out about O2 during my last episode and immediately started using it this time. Of all of my bouts with CH's, this has been the least painful because of the O2. I keep a big tank at home and have a portable with me at all times. At the first sign of the pressure building in my temple and eye, I start the O2 for 10 or 15 minutes and can go on with whatever I was doing. I usually wake up with a CH 3-5 times each night, but I'm able to go back to sleep after using the O2. In the past I too feared the evening knowing I would be up all night with raging pain and then dragging through the next day because of a lack of sleep.
So, I was wondering if the O2 isn't as effective for others as it is for me. When it was first suggested to me at the pain clinic, I didn't have much faith that it would work. I thought it would take some kind of med to abort this kind of pain. Now it's my first line of defense along with taking verapamil, and a few imotrex and zomigs.
Any opinions on this?
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