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Posted by Xanthro ( on January 09, 2002 at 14:41:50:

I've had a headache nearly everyday for the past 20 years, by nearly everyday, I mean there have been less than 20 days in that entire time when I've been without a headache.

I started getting Cluster Headaches about 7 years ago, as anyone whose ever had one knows, they have nothing in common with a normal headache. My doctor who has since retired said that it was common for men who get cluster headaches in their 30s as I did, for them to stop in when the reach their 40s. He said he suffered from them too when he was in his 30s.

Reading some of these messages, people have been having these for 20 plus years, I can't imagine staying sane that long. I've been looking forward to getting older so they will stop!!

I've never tried the Oxgen method and a family history of heart disease keeps me away from Imitrex, so normally I'll just suffer as quitely as I can.

Reading the symptoms of others, it appears that mine follow the normal route, except that for me a cluster headache will usually last all day long, with a few spikes of extra pain thrown in for good measure.

I have a couple of questions.

How many other people go to work when they are having an attack? I tend to go, because otherwise I'd be disabled.

Do others have ever have trouble seeing out of the affected eye? My attacks are always on the left side, and my vision is always blury in my left eye during an attack.

Thanks everyone,

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