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Posted by Don McGowan ( on May 15, 2001 at 16:16:48:

In Reply to: HELP (please) posted by katrina on May 11, 2001 at 13:03:56:

Katrina, my brother and I have suffered 30 has chronic Cluster and I have more painful ones(7-10s). We BOTH have found that SNORTING cayenne pepper gives some relief 90-95% of the time and stops the CH's about 80% of time for us. Sometimes a small dull residual headache will stay around but nothing like the bad guys. My brother snorted the pepper 2.5 years last time and I use it when O2 doesn't help or the CH just hangs around. A SMALL amt. on end of toothpick or pocket knife will do the trick. Also, a fireball "jawbreaker" piece of candy seems to help
if early enough...I get about three ear "pops" and if I am in the cycle I know a seven or eighter is on the way. I can't take imitrex or others(coronary disease)so when the cayenne stops being effective I will be in a world of hurt...pun intended. I hope and pray it works for your situation.BTW...the pepper only burns,and it does, for 6-8 seconds and then 4-6 good sneezes and relief in our case.

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