Beginning symptoms of Cluster Headaches?

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Posted by Spencer ( on January 25, 2002 at 02:06:58:

Hi everyone.. I'm a 16 year old male from Anchorage, AK. I have been taking ritalin and aderol for my attension defisite disorder for about 6 years now (this may be irrelivant.. i just thought I'd share in case it matters).

Anyway, for about the past 7 months, I have experienced a somewhat intense pain mostly on the right side of my face. It's focal point is definately around the eye. It comes at the same time, and on the same days... it never skips a day. It comes at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 7 pm, and 10 pm.

The 9 am one isn't so bad... more of a 1-2 on the 'kip scale.' its noticable, but not attentively discomfortable... i can ignore it if i try really hard... if im doing something else... i try and do things with my hands, or walk around in class.

the 11 am one is by far the worst, while only rating a 5 on the kip scale.

the 2 pm one is a 1-2 on the kip scale...

7 pm is a 3

and 10 pm is around a 4.


This pain has baffled me for some time... and i've been studying it, comming up with possible reasons for it. i thought maybe i was on my computer too much, and messed up my eyes.. i got glasses, i stopped watching TV, i did so many things... and nothing stopped the persistant pain. i wrote down what the pain felt like, in an effort to take my mind off of it one time during an 11 am attack. when i came across this page today, i got out that list. everything i wrote down matched up with this page, but there were a few symptoms i did not have. The pain I suffer from is not an extreme super bad pain where i want to throw something... its just an intense discomfort. also, i have never woken up in the middle of the night due to an attack.

what i fear, however... is that i am suffering from the beginning effects of this. what i would like to know is: will these symptoms become worse and worse, inducing more pain as i get older?

also, i find it odd that someone my age is having these problems... perhaps my ritalin/aderol usage has sped up the process? or maybe im just unlucky? however, i am 95% sure that this is in fact what i suffer from, for it makes the most sense. I will be going to see a doctor sometime next week, and we will get our diagnosis.

well.. thankyou all for taking the time to read this, i really appriciate it. please respond, for it means a lot to me. :}

-Spencer Quirk

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