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Posted by gary kempton ( on March 21, 2001 at 14:08:30:

Help! I don't know which category my headaches fall into. Can anyone out there give me some advice? I go for months without a headache, then, I suffer daily for a period of weeks or even months.
I've tried to identify triggers but it seems no matter what I do, if I'm in the middle of a headache "period" I'm bound to get one. Sometimes the pain will only last for 30 minutes, sometimes until I manage to get to sleep. Sometimes I wake up in the morning or at night with the pain.
When I am about to get a headache, my left eyelid droops, soon after my eyes start to feel like they are being poked out. The most intense pain is actually in the eyeballs, but the bones around the eyes feel tender and bruised. Then the back of my head starts to hurt. I close my eyes and push on them, I also squeeze the back of my head but this doesn't seem to help.
However, I definately DON'T feel like thrashing around or banging my head off the walls, Even sudden movements of the head are agony. And I don't suffer the amount of pain that some of the people I've read about on this site do.
I've spoken to migraine sufferers, and I don't think I have those, but on the other hand I'm not sure the pain I suffer is intense enough to be cluster headache. (Although it is extremely painful)
So, can anyone out there help or advise me? At least if I know what I'm dealing with I might be able to find a cure.

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