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rg

(Member)
From: Indooroopilly
1 total posts
Not currently suffering :D
I'm new to this site‚ and I am just learning and even hearing of cluster headaches. I'm actually in the United States. Currently its about 6 am here. I woke up at about 5 am.

I'm not experiencing the pacing up and down pain or intense pain as seen in the video‚ however‚ in the past I have tried ice packs‚ squeezing my head‚ and even strapping a belt around my to squeeze it...that helps some.

Right now and usually so‚ my right eye is watery and feels "weird". My right nostril is painful and runny. At times my entire right side of my body feels painful...especially in the joint areas.

Is this a cluster headache?

rg
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zara chappell

(Moderator)
From: South Morang
21 total posts
Not currently suffering :D
Hi RG‚ welcome to our site.

A classic cluster headache starts with a blocked nostril generally one side and semi watery eye‚ more droopy eye/painful eye you cant keep open... within 1-3 mins the pain of a Cluster generally starts and builds up to a crescendo and within 30- 40 mins (can be diff for diff people but general averages support this) its reached its peak where the one side of the head is burning(feels like it) and the pain behind the eye is debilitating‚ sharp stabbing pains‚ that goes back into the head and the top of the head feels hot and also the back of the neck too. The right side of the face is so painful‚ the pain is really hard to describe but you wldnt wish it on yr worst enemy‚ its like something is inside your head trying to get out and drilling your head. after the CH has reached its peak it tapers off and within generally 1 hr - 1.1/2 hrs its totally gone and u r pretty much exhausted but able to get out of bed and do things... there is NO warning signs of an attack b4 it happens‚ usually u get a feeling with the nose as well and if u can get an imitrex/imigran nasal spray up the semi blocked nostril it can stop it‚ BUT i have found (through research) that the drug Carbamazepine Sandoz (Tegretol here in australia - an epileptic drug‚ works wonder on stopping the pains of the CH's‚ it stops the nerves from sending pain messages to the brain‚ you shld get some if u do have CH's - you can tell the doc you have Trigenimal Neralgia‚ which is the TN Nerve that feeds of the area where the CH's come from‚ most docs dont know what CH's are‚ so if u say that you have a better chance of getting it‚ and descibe the pain u have. I myself got them when i was in USA once and omg took ages to find a doc who knew anything about them to get basic Imitrex.

Any more Q's pls ask here as my brother Roger or myself or someone else on here will answer to the best of our ability
Good Luck Zara
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zara chappell

(Moderator)
From: South Morang
21 total posts
Not currently suffering :D
Oh and yes to the nostril feeling painful too and the joint areas‚ my whole neck and back felt like they were out of place‚ but they arnt‚- lasted 4 weeks feeling like that‚ but more so during an attack‚ tonite is my last nite - been 4 weeks‚ always last 4 weeks!! i have tried so many things‚ like chiro‚ acupuncture‚ herbal‚ diff drugs that dont work‚ except this one i mentioned....
Zara
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iTs_aLL_In_My_HeAd

(Member)
From: Sydney
31 total posts
Currently suffering :(
Hey everyone‚
I was juz reading ur posts & noticed that you's get the pain in the nostril too.
I also get this very strange feeling where my nose gets very painful & sharp‚ then I get a pressure in one nostril followed by another feeling as if it's going to start bleeding - yet it never does.

Might aswell ask while I'm here:-
Do any of you ever have (I'm guessing its a vein?) pop out of the side of your temple where the pains are?

This has been happening to me lately and I will always get another person to feel it aswell just to make sure. I always have the pains & I will rub my temple alot but occasionally I feel a vein or artery? (or nerve??) protruding out of my head length ways.
Anyways‚ just thought I'd put it out there‚ Maybe I'm not the only one who experiences this icon
By the way - Loving this site -
Thanx‚
Kell
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michael

(Member)
From: Sydney
1 total posts
Not currently suffering :D
I am not sure either about my HAs. I have been getting eye aches since I was a kid that lasted for 1-2 hours then go away. I can't remember when they came but think around the warmer months. I noticed as I got older and drank alcohol that this would trigger a similar HA but only during the period I would get HAs and not at other times. I don't get alot of lacrimation (tears) and I am not sure about the level of pain. I looked at the kip scale and have been 8-9 but not often usually minue seem around 6-7. I get the vein pop out on the side of my CH. My right eye feels more like its cramping. I have had severe mucle spasms and these headaches seem similar. I have noticed that the top of my head burns and I also got pain in my throat. Also I have experienced hypersensitive skin on face‚ neck‚ head of the affected side

I am not sure if my HAs fit the normal CH type. I have tried:

steroids no effect
propranolol no effect
I have taken valium and panadine forte which seems to help me settle but don't relieve the pain.

I would be interested to hear from you guys if you think this fits the symptoms. I would like to not need any medications
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