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Posted by Todd ( on August 22, 2001 at 18:18:02:

In Reply to: More misinformation..... posted by Mike R on August 22, 2001 at 15:51:48:

I would have preferred to handle this through email, but you don't leave an address.

Please lighten up a bit. Mary is a very dear, caring person and doesn't deserve the two rather hostile replies you've posted to her.

Many of us here are very familiar with CPH and it has been discussed here many, many times over the years. While some of the symptoms are the same, others differ. For example, clusters are unrelenting pain, not throbbing or pulsing. CPH is described as "jabbing". While CH is strictly unilateral, CPH is generally unilateral. CH sufferers find it nearly impossible to remain still during an attack. CPH sufferers also often desire movement, but many find that movement triggers attacks and exacerbates them.

You state unequivocably that CPH is a variant of CH. While I happen to agree with that, it is far from an accepted fact within the medical community. Some consider CPH a migraine variant and others consider it separate from both migraine and CH.

Mary shared with us Dr. Kudrow's delineator for differentiating between CH and CPH. Frankly, I don't agree with it either, but I'm grateful that Mary has educated us about Kudrow's philosophy.

Finally, both the OUCH site and HeadacheSupportGroups.com contain a Headache Comparison Table which states that indomethicin is beleived to be 100% effective in treating CPH. If it seems we aren't listening, perhaps that's because you're not saying anything most of us don't already know.


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