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it's better now than it was this afternoon when i was using frozen berries as an ice pack over my eye, but still.
― get bent, Thursday, 26 July 2007 05:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Anyone here get classical migraines, the kind with visual auras? I had an awful headache last night that had me barfing at 11pm, but it wasn't near migraine-strength. My wife gets classical (vomitatious, light-sensitive, worst-pain-ever) migraines, but she can stop them with ibuprofen within 10-20 minutes of aura onset. The aura seems like just such a peculiar thing, I think. Wifey says that it's like a portion of her visual field is blank, nothing at all, not a distortion of other stuff or anything. How would other aura-experiencers describe it?
― libcrypt, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 05:46 (ten years ago) Permalink
I got that visual aura every day for a week straight last month! (I hadn't had one for around five years.) The blankness is weird and distracting because it seems like the stuff you should normally see must be behind it somehow, so I'd keep trying to focus on it and see past. It was really intriguing and interesting the first day, but then I realized that it would be followed by a horrible headache 15 minutes later.
Mine weren't "classical migraines" though, there was no nausea and they were pretty obviously a sinus problem. A week of constant ibuprofen & sudafed on top of my allergy medicine made them disappear. Only I forgot to take the allergy medicine yesterday and today I've got a bit of a sinus headache...dun dun dun!
― Maria, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 08:21 (ten years ago) Permalink
(vomitatious, light-sensitive, worst-pain-ever)
this is me. i do get auras too but the light sensitivity is worse because it hurts even to keep my eyes open.
― get bent, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 10:57 (ten years ago) Permalink
I have coloured "spots". Usually a sign of impending attack. :-(
― stevienixed, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 11:06 (ten years ago) Permalink
I didn't realize my sensitivity to light was in connection with my migraines. Just thought I was sensitive cause i had blue eyes.
― stevienixed, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 11:07 (ten years ago) Permalink
I believe that what separates a non-classical migraine from a classical migraine is the aura. The other symptoms, like light-sensitivity, are what makes it a migraine instead of a bad headache. Correct me if I'm wrong, though.
― libcrypt, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 15:05 (ten years ago) Permalink
Just had the most horrible one: nausea, chills, sweating, and of course MAJOR headache.Lots of fun if you also have to breastfeed: This means not being able to sleep 24 hrs straight and no chance of popping pills. :-(
― stevienixed, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 00:41 (ten years ago) Permalink
ok now i have been having soft headaches to fullblown attacks. on top of that i am sometimes close to FAINTING and also seem to have a numb feeling in my face. granted it is on one side. hurrah.... i guess. urgh
― Nathalie (stevienixed), Thursday, 5 March 2009 18:36 (nine years ago) Permalink
this has been going on for a few weeks. really fun with screaming kids around you.
Get to the doc's Nathalie, unless you already have been.
― not_goodwin, Thursday, 5 March 2009 18:38 (nine years ago) Permalink
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^^^can you pill up these days? because a doc should be able to sort you out pretty easily (talking from my simple but limited experience of suffering these horrible fuckers, going to the doctor, being given something to take whenever i get the slightest flinch of a headache before full on migraines kick in and then i be safe.)
― eboue died for somebody's sins but not mines (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 5 March 2009 18:39 (nine years ago) Permalink
ayo bad day for me today
― s1ocki, Thursday, 5 March 2009 18:40 (nine years ago) Permalink
i've been getting mild migraines for the last few days while i titrate to a new medication. the msg boards say this is normal.
― the pelvis of a mammoth (get bent), Thursday, 5 March 2009 18:42 (nine years ago) Permalink
nope havent been to the doc. i tend to take migracaps. these are pills concocted by the local pharmacy. guess i shld visit the doctor. off to barf (half joking)
― Nathalie (stevienixed), Thursday, 5 March 2009 19:57 (nine years ago) Permalink
I've been to the headache clinic at the neurology dept. of a big university hospital (UZ Leuven), told them all about my 20+ years of pain (every first day of any holiday and every Saturday I was guaranteed almost banging my head against the wall from The Claw - some sort of unbearable force that pushed my eye and teeth and temple (alternating sides), even saw and heard less clearly during one of the attacks), and after listening for a while they said "try this beta blocker, it'll soften the walls of your facial veins (or something), and they gave me a prescription (first Emconcor Mitis and later the cheaper but identical Bisoprolol Teva) and I've got my life back! I don't care if I have to take one of these pills every day for the rest of my life and go to the doc every half year for a new prescription, I'm not waking up in the middle of the night from the headaches anymore! Haven't had any since! Woohoo!
So, in short: if you give up and accept (like I had before I'd had enough), you won't find someone who can help you.
― StanM, Thursday, 5 March 2009 21:12 (nine years ago) Permalink
(they couldn't actually tell me if what I had was migraines or cluster headaches, I had symptoms of both and also symptoms that pointed away from both)
― StanM, Thursday, 5 March 2009 21:15 (nine years ago) Permalink
Ophthalmic migraines, yuck yuck yuck. What on earth can be done? They're so invasive, it's like someone dropped LSD in just one of your eyes, hardcore hallucinations that slowly spread across your visual field.
Third one this year, they are definitely getting more frequent.
It's a good thing I don't drive, because I would definitely cause an accident if I were on the road and one of those things happened.
Is there anything that can be done except lie down in a darkened room and wait for them to clear? I've just dosed myself with a load of codeine so now I'm feeling sleepy as well as visually fuX0red.
― Violent In Design (Masonic Boom), Monday, 15 June 2009 19:38 (nine years ago) Permalink
man, today has been crazy. i'm not the only one iether.
― s1ocki, Monday, 15 June 2009 19:51 (nine years ago) Permalink
I'm finding that I'm getting less warning, and the migraines are more severe. And they've gone from sometimes having aura to always having aura. I don't know about "LSD in one eye", but mine look like huge flashy neon lightshows in both eyes. But they don't last longer than a couple of hours. Oh, also sometimes accompanied by urge to throw up.
― snoball, Monday, 15 June 2009 20:04 (nine years ago) Permalink
I mean, like, totally trippy and multicoloured and flashing and neon. This time it has an actual headache with it - not a severe one, but annoying enough. First time it's come with a headache, usually I just get the hallucinations.
― Violent In Design (Masonic Boom), Monday, 15 June 2009 20:06 (nine years ago) Permalink
Actually this is a pretty good approximation...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucQK4ve7_4ger, without Estelle and the Ting Tings fortunately.Coincidentally I was in the middle of a migraine while I was watching the Brits 2009, and had to check later that their performance actually looked like that.
― snoball, Monday, 15 June 2009 20:14 (nine years ago) Permalink
Mine look like this - but FLASHING and glowing
― Violent In Design (Masonic Boom), Monday, 15 June 2009 20:20 (nine years ago) Permalink
So I have been battling nausea and headaches for about a week now. So bad I literally cry. I thought I had sinus infection but after checking up on the internet (yeah yeah yeah shut the fuck up), I read an article that said a lot of people are misdiagnosed. Apparently this is a NEW TYPE of migraine attack I have! HURRAH! It's the same but not really. Maybe I should check the headache clinic like Stan cause this shit is really bothering me.
What do you guys who are not self-employed do? Do yuo stay home? I mean, I do of course but that's cause, well, I can because I don't have to tell my *boss* (who's my mum, she's the one who passed it on, hurrah).
― Sookeh, I vant to suck your titties (stevienixed), Thursday, 25 June 2009 13:40 (nine years ago) Permalink
It's great fun waking up all the time.
On top of that hjaving two kids+migraines -> SO NOT FUN. I gotta help out my husband a little in the morning and that's sheer hell. Try ding that when the kids are SCREAMING!1!!! Urgh. I am not angry at'em but there have been moments where I nearly cried begging them to be quiet.
― Sookeh, I vant to suck your titties (stevienixed), Thursday, 25 June 2009 13:41 (nine years ago) Permalink
i've had one for the past week; pretty sure it's hormonal in nature. it keeps returning at night while i'm trying to sleep.
― butch vigoda (get bent), Saturday, 27 June 2009 11:00 (nine years ago) Permalink
Yeah. There used to be a time, I'd just sleep through it. Not anymore. I continuously wake up because of it (and nausea). I still don't feel that well. Hopefully just hormonal and it'll go away in a few days. :-( I really don't know what to do. On the one hand I do not wanna take heavy meds but a life of this?
― Sookeh, I vant to suck your titties (stevienixed), Saturday, 27 June 2009 12:07 (nine years ago) Permalink
hey i just learned that imitrex has gone generic now, so if you were avoiding it because of the cost, you may find relief. it's also easier to break in half, as the 100mg are way too much for me. this is pretty much the only drug/thing that helps my migraines.
― figgy pudding (La Lechera), Tuesday, 30 June 2009 13:32 (nine years ago) Permalink
oh stevie that sounds like the worst kind of waking hell.
― baleen, the krill queen (Abbott), Tuesday, 30 June 2009 16:07 (nine years ago) Permalink
I talked with the doctor. As usual I give a really fuzzy description of my symptoms. I can't help it, I'm stupid and I forget how migraines feel like as soon as they are gone. So he gave me Ibuprofen 600 (?) and something against the nausea. Now I understand why painkillers do not work if I have a really bad attack: your stomach apparently just clenches up! WTF.
― Sookeh, I vant to suck your titties (stevienixed), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 13:22 (nine years ago) Permalink
Of course it doesn't help that I have a fucked up sleeping pattern. :-(
I also discovered that migraine attacks, depression, anxiety and panic attacks are connected. Sadly no way I can connect it with my stupidity. heehee
― Sookeh, I vant to suck your titties (stevienixed), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 13:24 (nine years ago) Permalink
huh. for me they are almost totally hormonal or triggered by food/drink. for instance, i drink red wine all the time, usually a glass with dinner every night. this doesn't cause me any trouble. i decided to buy a bottle of chianti because it was on sale and looked fancy. i drank 1/2 glass, less than i normally drink, and was seized with a world class migraine the next day (yesterday, hence my post). i could sort of feel it coming on, but didn't recognize what it was because it was unexpected.
maybe i'm just not very well educated about migraine triggers, but i didn't know that different kinds of grapes can have different effects. i feel better now, but i had to rest for the first half of yesterday because i thought i was seriously gonna barf.
― figgy pudding (La Lechera), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 13:31 (nine years ago) Permalink
^ Getting them now. Fucking fuck.
― djh, Friday, 7 March 2014 18:46 (four years ago) Permalink
Had mine from Christmas to the end of January, waking up every bloody night feeling like there's a knife in my eye. But it's over again for the moment. You never get used to them.
If only I could send this message to StanM 2009 : it's not trigeminal neuralgia you've got, even though some of the symptoms point that way, it's cluster headaches after all. Your beta blockers didn't actually help, you only thought so because it was just the end of that particular cluster. You'll get them every 2 years and they'll last for about a month, if the next five years are anything to go by. (oh, and try and lose some weight if you don't want to get a hernia in about 3 years)
― StanM, Friday, 7 March 2014 19:00 (four years ago) Permalink
How were you treating them? I used to only get mine in the night but they have moved to every 7 hours or so.
(Similarly, was prescribed antibiotics for years and always thought it just took six weeks worth ...)
― djh, Friday, 7 March 2014 21:15 (four years ago) Permalink
I didn't take anything because of the uncertainty (if it helps, is it the pills or the end of the cluster?), the only thing that worked was to either sit upright in bed (it would slowly fade away in waves during the next hour or so) or walk around (but it's not obvious to go walking around a quiet part of town at 3 or 3 AM without looking like a burglar looking for a target).
Good luck! Try everything you can think of that isn't dangerous or illegal and don't give up!
― StanM, Friday, 7 March 2014 21:34 (four years ago) Permalink
2 or 3 AM
― StanM, Friday, 7 March 2014 21:35 (four years ago) Permalink
Try everything: drink a lot of water, drink less water, skip meat, eat more meat, more vegetables, less vegetables, nuts, no nuts, greasy food, no greasy food, bread, no bread, fish, no fish, milk, no milk, be outside more, higher or lower temp on the thermostat, etc etc etc, I'm convinced there's a pattern or trigger but I haven't found mine yet.
― StanM, Friday, 7 March 2014 21:39 (four years ago) Permalink
I usually treat cluster patients for prevention with verapamil (take every day to keep the cluster away), or a short course of the steroid dexamethasone (start only when the cluster starts, to interrupt the cycle).
Acute treatment is tricky because the episodes are usually brief and medications take awhile to get absorbed from the stomach. Subcutaneous or intranasal sumatriptan is the fastest-acting option. 100% O2 by mask is effective in research trials but impractical in real life.
Cluster is circadian and related to hypothalamic/autonomic function, not typically associated with environmental triggers like migraine. Smoking and hard liquor are risk factors (but not necessary to develop the disorder). Milk, fish and bread or whatever are probably not the issue. Interestingly, hazel eyes, ruddy skin and furrowed facial features ("leonine facies") have been described as associations.
― Plasmon, Friday, 7 March 2014 23:42 (four years ago) Permalink
Nothing skin- or face-related here. My partial heterochromia (brown sector in otherwise blue eyes) IS on the same (right) side my migraine is on, though.
― StanM, Saturday, 8 March 2014 02:17 (four years ago) Permalink
Yes, I use Sumatriptan 50 mg tablets plus oxygen or Sumatriptan injection. Problematically, I'm getting three or four attacks a day at the moment(which would take me over the allowed prescription of the injections). Didn't get on with Verapamil or steroids, at all.
― djh, Saturday, 8 March 2014 03:57 (four years ago) Permalink
If you're having that many attacks, you're in the middle of a cluster and steroids are indicated to interrupt the pattern. They usually work.
If you're having frequent clusters (ideally, you'd have 1-2 or fewer clusters -- bouts where you have 1 or more attacks per day on most days -- per year), you should be on an ongoing preventive like verapamil. Verapamil is usually effective even at modest doses, tends to be well tolerated.
If you get on the right regimen (sometimes easier said than done), you might be able to reduce the number of attacks to a handful per year, or even go a year or more between attacks.
― Plasmon, Saturday, 8 March 2014 05:34 (four years ago) Permalink
I'm apprehensive about taking something that fiddles with my heart like verapamil for the rest of my life for something completely different just because it happens to inexplicably seem to work :-/
― StanM, Saturday, 8 March 2014 05:51 (four years ago) Permalink
OK chief, that's your call.
― Plasmon, Saturday, 8 March 2014 07:43 (four years ago) Permalink
I'm lucky to only have it for about a month every couple of years at the moment, I might change my mind if it was more often.
― StanM, Saturday, 8 March 2014 07:48 (four years ago) Permalink
So what you need is a order for steroids that you can start as soon as the cluster does. Cut that month down to a couple of days. Stay off preventives (verapamil etc) if you can go years between clusters, they're only needed if the clusters are more frequent. When it finally recurs, knock it back again with the dex. Whack-a-mole style.
For people whose clusters are predictable by season (only get them in the fall or whatever), I put them on verapamil just during that window and then stop it until the same time next year.
― Plasmon, Saturday, 8 March 2014 07:51 (four years ago) Permalink
Thank you so much! ^ why can't I buy this person a gold star?
― StanM, Saturday, 8 March 2014 08:04 (four years ago) Permalink
Spoke to OUCH (Organisation for the Understanding of Cluster Headache)(UK)'s helpline today. They suggested not bothering with Sumatriptan tablets (too slow) but using the injections. They also suggested using Oxygen but continuing use for ten minutes after the pain stopped (likely to reduce rebounds). They mentioned the possibility of using Frovatriptan, which has a longer "shelf life" than Sumatriptan. They also mentioned Verapamil and steroids.
― djh, Saturday, 8 March 2014 21:27 (four years ago) Permalink
Frova's a decent idea for bridging during recurring attacks, because it stays in your system for 24 hrs or so. It's quite slow to start working, so it's next to useless for acute treatment of an attack that's just started. But it would likely prevent further attacks in that 24 hr window.
You're probably better off with a short course of steroids to interrupt the cluster: way cheaper than brand name triptans and very effective. Once the cluster "breaks", it often goes quiet for a nice long time.
Acute treatment in cluster should be considered as rescue therapy -- if needed more than rarely, it's a sign that other measures have failed.
― Plasmon, Sunday, 9 March 2014 01:47 (four years ago) Permalink
(Yes, once I get to the end of this, it'll be two years before they happen again).
― djh, Sunday, 9 March 2014 20:58 (four years ago) Permalink
First migraine in two years. My main trigger is blocked sinuses, so I attribute this one to a very dry September where it hardly rained at all suddenly shifting to being very rainy today.
― wackness unlimited (snoball), Wednesday, 1 October 2014 20:08 (three years ago) Permalink
i've been getting migraine symptoms without the headache. light sensitivity/blurry vision/aura. am i going blind?
― Highland-Camrose Bungalow Village (get bent), Thursday, 4 December 2014 07:03 (three years ago) Permalink
curious about the post just above mine that mentions the change in the weather -- we just went from a long period of drought conditions to heavy rain.
― Highland-Camrose Bungalow Village (get bent), Thursday, 4 December 2014 07:05 (three years ago) Permalink
Sounds like: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acephalgic_migraine
Barometric pressure changes can be a trigger for all sorts of migraine, including visual aura w/o headache.
― Plasmon, Friday, 5 December 2014 03:15 (three years ago) Permalink
That's interesting. I've noticed I often get migraines when we're in a high pressure cell, with dry air and bright skies, but my very worst migraines have been in suffocatingly hot and humid days of summer. By contrast, I seem to do fine with moderately cool, cloudy days, with or without light precipitation.
BTW I seem to recall reading somewhere that the Santa Ana winds (which are blasts of hot dry desert air funneled through the canyons and onto the southern California coastal plain) can also trigger migraines.
― never have i been a blue calm sea (collardio gelatinous), Friday, 5 December 2014 03:36 (three years ago) Permalink
Many migraine sufferers in western Canada have similar problems with the chinooks.
Triggers are always personal, but barometric pressure changes are a commone one.
― Plasmon, Friday, 5 December 2014 03:40 (three years ago) Permalink
Ah yes, the Chinooks. The same must apply to the mistral winds in the Mediterranean I imagine
― never have i been a blue calm sea (collardio gelatinous), Friday, 5 December 2014 03:56 (three years ago) Permalink
also the papyrus winds of the western arabian peninsula and the wing dings of australia.
― languagelessness (mattresslessness), Friday, 5 December 2014 05:14 (three years ago) Permalink
Yes, all those silly silly names for silly silly winds, how foolish of people to suffer from something you've never heard of.
― Plasmon, Friday, 5 December 2014 06:45 (three years ago) Permalink
this piece from a cluster headache sufferer is really descriptive
The headache was an unwanted guest. And my unwanted guest was a serial killer with an ice pick. When the right side of my face started to tingle, I would announce, “He’s coming.” This headache became personified. This pain took a pronoun. I planned my days around him, like how I planned my travels around snow when I lived in upstate New York. In my daily planner, I blocked out the hours between one and six. I would be occupied during those times, writing in my planner: “Down time.”
― groundless round (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 21:09 (three years ago) Permalink
Cluster Headaches are such weird things. A year to the week of my last attack, I've got a "shadow" - pain in the same place as a cluster headache and with some of the same symptoms but with a lot less actual pain (say 3/10 instead of 10/10). I generally get actual cluster headaches proper every 18-24 months.
― djh, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 22:14 (three years ago) Permalink
Was expecting cluster headaches in March/April but (thankfully) haven't experienced them. Ridiculously, I don't have a clear idea of when I get them (I've had them in spring and autumn) but its more or less every two years (I can actually track the last few years by checking my whinging on email).
Anyway, I've been experiencing the slightly freaky insomnia that seems to somehow precede an attack ... and it has been making me wonder if anything has changed advice-wise in the last two years?
― djh, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 23:14 (two years ago) Permalink
I still use the same approach. Had 2 cluster patients in headache clinic this morning: one already on verapamil, the other I started it at a low dose. Gave them both scripts for dexamethasone and sumatriptan nasal spray.
I ordered them both CT angiograms but realized in doing so that I've got nearly 6 years experience in practice now, and have never once found an underlying structural or vascular lesion to explain cluster.
Most of my cluster patients do well, eventually stop coming to follow up appointments. I tend to run late in clinic (talk too much), keep people waiting for 20 minutes or more. If there's nothing to do but renew the prescriptions and banter about the weather, I can understand why they don't feel they need to bother.
― Plasmon, Friday, 3 June 2016 04:52 (two years ago) Permalink
Is the nasal spray recommended over the injections?
― djh, Saturday, 4 June 2016 21:27 (two years ago) Permalink
Either/or. Nasal spray may be a little easier, plus you can aim at the affected side. Most people say it tastes gross though. But then some people don't like using injectors.
― Plasmon, Monday, 6 June 2016 19:17 (two years ago) Permalink
I got some zinc/magnesium/calcium supplements which I keep forgetting to take, but it occurs to me that the past 3 (?) times I actually remembered to take them I had a migraine that evening. Coincidence?
(Probably, as I haven't worked out my triggers. Certainly the last time it happened i.e. yesterday there were several other candidates, mainly stress and a weather change/getting too hot and dehydrated.)
― a passing spacecadet, Monday, 6 June 2016 21:42 (two years ago) Permalink
Also tbh I'm not entirely sure these are migraines but I've been getting more and more of whatever they are lately.
I used to get infrequent and rather mild/shortlived* migraines which were unmistakeable as they came with aura, but these ones do not, so I'm not 100% sure they feel the same. However, they are approximately one-sided, come with nausea and often photophobia and/or neck pain, so I think signs point to yes.
Interestingly they also feel a lot like a more intense version of the nauseous headaches I get at certain times of the month (i.e. hormonal), which I hadn't been classing as migraines because it feels kind of insulting to use the word for something not completely debilitating, but perhaps they're all on a spectrum. Or perhaps they are 3 different things altogether. But anyway.
* at least in comparison to all the other accounts I've heard, still horrible though. it occurs to me that the thread title is "hardcore migraine sufferers unite" and I have outed myself as a very softcore migraine sufferer
― a passing spacecadet, Monday, 6 June 2016 21:49 (two years ago) Permalink
I'm fairly certain that this thread can tolerate very softcore migraine sufferers ...
― djh, Monday, 13 June 2016 19:35 (two years ago) Permalink
So, have there been any new wonder-treatments for Cluster Headaches?
― djh, Saturday, 7 January 2017 00:42 (one year ago) Permalink
Actually, getting proper ones now ... I did just think I'd had my worst ever single attack but I think that's probably just a reflection of how much I go into denial between episodes.
― djh, Saturday, 7 January 2017 00:44 (one year ago) Permalink
Anyone know anything about nerve blocks for cluster headaches? (Basically, are they effective/worth having?)
― djh, Monday, 9 January 2017 22:37 (one year ago) Permalink
I finally found good meds. Excedrine. Pop two pills and usually they subside.
― nathom, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:55 (one year ago) Permalink
Psilocybin and LSD appear to have promise with migraines/cluster headaches.
― Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:00 (one year ago) Permalink
― Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:02 (one year ago) Permalink
Thanks all. Oxygen does help (though I sometimes wonder if it just delays the pain). Sumatriptan works - it works well/speedily as an injection but less so as a tablet (though I still think it has some value). I don't like to take it for long periods of time, though.
― djh, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:32 (one year ago) Permalink
Shitting hell. Five cluster attacks so far today (two possibly rebounds from using Oxygen).
― djh, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:16 (one year ago) Permalink
Have been pondering last week's "Doctor in the House" about Cluster Headaches. The premise: a GP spends longer than the ten minutes they would allocate in a typical surgery to consider an illness. The GP appeared to insinuate that the headaches were a "life-style" issue and that the treatment should involve a reduction in stress and a change in diet. No mention was made of the specific symptoms or the recommended treatments (Oxygen, Sumatriptan injections) - and there's definitely an argument that what was being shown wasn't strictly a Cluster Headache.
I've experienced Cluster Headaches for 26 or so years, covering a variety of stress levels (from not at all stressed to mildly stressed) and from "skinny" to n"ot-so-skinny" aw well as a variety of diets (all, for the most part, healthy. Found myself highly irritated by the suggestion that the pain is a result of my "life-style" ...
― djh, Monday, 22 May 2017 22:02 (one year ago) Permalink
i've been getting what i've called "tension headaches" more regularly in the last few years. they feel like a hangover without the nausea
- pounding headache, often on one side- neck pain/tension- nasal congestion
usually lasts til evening. on some rare occasions it lasts thru the night and into the next day. they are awful but i have no idea what they are or how to deal w them :/
― illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:26 (one year ago) Permalink
physiotherapy might help
― heaven parker (anagram), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:27 (one year ago) Permalink
Cluster headaches aren't typically tied to stress. They happen more often in people who smoke and drink (and supposedly, have "leonine facies"). I encourage my cluster patients to quit smoking and drink only in moderation if at all, but that's about the only lifestyle advice I give them. I'm not aware of any association with diet.
Tracer, your headaches sound like migraines -- unilateral and throbbing. Migraine often produces pain in the neck / back of the head (occipitonuchal pain) and autonomic symptoms in the face like sinus congestion. Migraine headaches aren't necessarily severe, and the associated migrainous symptoms (sensitivity to light, sound etc, and nausea or dizziness) can be mild and sometimes manifest mostly as fatigue and a need to rest. As long as they resolve completely, it should be safe to treat them symptomatically. You could see a doctor and try a triptan for acute treatment, or if you want to manage them on your own you could take a large dose of ibuprofen (800 mg) plus some hydration +/- caffeine and if possible sleep.
― Plasmon, Sunday, 30 July 2017 00:19 (one year ago) Permalink
― illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 30 July 2017 09:51 (one year ago) Permalink
― mookieproof, Friday, 10 November 2017 20:22 (ten months ago) Permalink