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Posted by JohnnyBGood ( on April 24, 2001 at 14:03:07:

In Reply to: Newbie to the board...but not to these DEMONS! posted by JohnnyBGood on April 24, 2001 at 13:51:54:

I feel like I just hit the JACKPOT on the net by finding this site. I am 32 years old and have been getting these since I was 15. This Demon (PERFECT WORD) sneaks up on me every year and a half or so. (Have had a short bout at a 6 month interval here and there) Lasts from 2 weeks to 2 months. Total crapshoot there. Get them at night about 95% of the time, and most of those are after I have fallen asleep. Needless to say, I would rather awaken from a nightmare where I am in a fiery inferno of a rocket and know I am about to be killed while crashing into hell....cold sweats and all. Now these nightly demons range in duration from 30 mins to 3 hours. The crescendo of pain also ranges from 'BRING IT ON and KO in 2 rounds' all the way to a slow 15 round bout with a KO in the last seconds. SOOO ANNOYING!!!!! Those are the badboys that get me pacing the house in the dark, looking in the mirror at a monstrous face, and literally SQUEEZING the jugular vein in my neck to stop circulation even for a millisecond of relief. Depending on what kind of demon I have determines whether or not I will have the migraine hangover the next day. The short/extreme ones seem to provide me with a better 'next day' for some crazy reason. Of course they have been far and in between this time around. Doctors have tried me on Inderal, Imitrex, and Zomig in the past. Nothing has worked. Have just dealt with the pain and prayed that they end....and they have. Well, I needed to see a doc again this time around...not sure if they get worse with age or what, but SOMEBODY SHOOT ME! (kidding there...they just royally S#$K)!! I am going to start Verapamil 240's today and may also be getting an O2 tank. Things that have worked for me are just pacing, looking into the bright light for a moment here and there, and thanx to this board soaking in a HOT shower during the worst part. Tomorrow is our 9th wedding anniversary and we are too paranoid to go out for a nice dinner with the kids. That's how bad these suckers can get to ya'. I was giving the youngster a bath last night and had to get into turbo mode because I felt one coming on. Poor kiddo loves his baths. Well...I could ramble on forever about this dealio, but will leave it there. For those of you that are MAGNITUDES past me in the pain/duration/frequency....WHEWWWWWWWW! Hang in there and please only use semi hard objects when whacking the head. (I used the heel of my hand last night...helped for a moment here and there)

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