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Posted by Sam on October 17, 2001 at 21:56:20:

Ok, so I guess I just figured out that I have CHs. They suck. Every summer/autumn, I get them, and even more so if I'm unemployed(which I am right now).First my Masseter muscle hurts(actually, it's a few very small muscles on top of the masseter spasming), then my eye and face get in on it. My jaw is taking a beating, and I'm still really not sure whether or not this is a TMJ problem, or CH(no insurance, no docs...). Then it woprks it's way down past the jaw and into my neck and trap. It feels as if my head is in a vise(though only my left side).When I'm in the middle of an attack, it always helps if I rub an analgesic of some sort into the muscle of the head and neck(I use Gerro's which is very strong, but Flexall or bengay will work too). I take Advil too, but I don't think it helps much. I feel like pacing a lot, but I restrain myself from doing so, because it makes me feel...very ...anxious I guess. Like I'm having an anxiety attack. I'm having my second one of the day right now. The tirgh time for my pattern. The other time is in the morning. It used to be within an hour of waking, but the last few nights its' decided to wake me at 6am.Anyways... Hi :-]Sam

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