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    Looking for advice

    Welcome to the community Ryan, but as Moxie said, sorry you have the need to join us! First, I'll reiterate her question about autonomic symptoms of ch....eye watering or weeping on the cluster side and runny or stuffy nostril, also on the cluster side....although its possible to have clusters without the autonomic symptoms, that's pretty rare! Since the onset of your headaches came after a blow to the head I would suggest that you research cervicogenic headaches which mimic clusters without autonomic symptoms! How is your doc treating your headaches? Typical measures include prednisone tapers, verapamil, imitrex injections, and high flow O2 to abort attacks. I forget who he plays for but Terrance McKnight is also a diagnosed clusterhead who plays in the NFL. Dallas Denny
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    For Batch - D3 maintenance schedule - no bloodwork?

    Good news jeler! If you're in the US you can also get the 25 (OH) D test online thru: https://www.lifeextension.com/vitamins-supplements/itemlc081950/vitamin-d-25-hydroxy-blood-test Sale price currently is $37.60 DD
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    New here

    Welcome to the community Kat! CH will absolutely morph over times and I've heard of folks who don't experience the autonomic symptoms. So, in my opinion, what you're describing may or may not be clusters. Do you know if your docs have ruled out occipital neuralgia? Dallas Denny
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    Found em again...$14.95 on amazon... I'm going to order one for the purple shirt conference pic so will post back about quality when recieved
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    Age? Altitude? Verapamil? Zomig? Exercise?

    Welcome to the community Andy....sorry you had the need to join us though! Looks like just about anything I'd have to say has been addressed by others.....as far as age goes.....I'm one of the 70 somethings here and my last cluster activity was early Spring of last year shortly before my 71st birthday.....a doc once told me I'd outgrow them in my late 50's so I'm now wondering what part of my late 50's he was referring to! I will reiterate others O2 comments though, screw the docs and the oxygen suppliers if you can't get satisfaction......as Spiny stated, many of us have used welding oxygen longterm with no ill effects....costs between 3 and 4 hundred bucks to get set up with a large tank, reg, and the Clustero2kit mask then 20 to 25 bucks for refills/exchanges.......O2 is a clusterheads best friend!! Dallas Denny
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    Teva Scraps Chronic Cluster Headache Study

    I really hated seeing this when it happened.....a chronic clusterhead from the Denver area that I've known for several years had absolutely wonderful results with this treatment and was devastated when they took it away from him!! DD
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    My wife found some cluster related T's awhile back that I wanted but she didn't bookmark the site and I haven't been able to find it again but they had one that said, "Yeah, sex is great but have you ever felt the Beast leave!"
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    Guest users. Welcome!

    Over the years we've often seen this kind of traffic just before, during, and shortly after the conference!
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    Emergency room experiences anyone?

    Ummmm, nah.....don't hold a candle to that day near Red Beach when I spent a few hours laying on the floor of a hooch takin tokes off a hookah with a big ol bowl filled with China white......or, to my LAST day in country before coming back to the world..lol!! Actually, my first day in country was pretty damned memorable as well! Got to the living area around 7p and hooked up with a buddy who was part of an advanced detail and who'd been there a couple weeks......he immediately hands me a j each of Cambodian red and Vietnam black and a big gin screw driver.....I was 19 and had never toked before!! And before the nite was over I swore that I never would again!! Lmao! DD
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    Emergency room experiences anyone?

    I was indeed at hill 327 in Dec of 66 BOF.....had been in country for just a couple months.....sat on the side of the hill in a pouring assed monsoon ( 12" in about 24 hours ) to see Bob Hope and company ( Ann Margaret too!!! ) on Christmas Day!! Lol!! DD
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    Emergency room experiences anyone?

    G'mornin BOF! Although I've hit the fire station a few times for O2, I've never gone to the ER for clusters.....however, I was transported to the ER at the Dallas VA in 94 for a suspected heart attack! So, the doc does an initial evaluation and I give him my history and meds (all a part of my VA health records), they get me in a gurney and put me in a room, a nurse comes in, asks my pain level....told her a 3, so she gives me a nitro and asks again.......my answer, my heart is racing and I'm about to pass out!!! She called a code and the flippin room filled up with doc's and nurses.....evidently the nitro along with the blood thinner "Enderol" DO NOT play well together! Threw me into an arrhythmia so they wheeled in this machine, hooked me up and shocked the living piss outta me several times.....big enuf jolt that I was bouncing off the feckin gurney! Did I mention that I was in cycle?? Well, I was, and by the time they got thru they had triggered a monster hit! Surprised that the morphine didn't at least make the pain tolerable for you.....that was their remedy for me and it did get me thru that hit and several others for the 3 days I was in the cardiac ward waiting for a heart cath and presumably stents or a bypass....yup, you heard me correctly....3 dammed days!! AND....it wasn't even a heart attack! Veins were clean as a whistle!! Wound up being a large hietal hernia and my stomach had been clamped down on by my diaphragm when it ventured thru the tear!! I did wind up in the ER on Jan 15th and again on Feb 6th of 1998 as a result of suicide attempts related to my worst ever cycle, functional alcoholism, and Vietnam era PTSD but that's another story! DD
  12. That's an affirmative on the pizza and beer Freud! Lmao at "perfect record of resisting honky tonks"......I lived in Cowtown from 68 to 84 and played guitar and sang in bands the majority of that time period.....I imagine I've sang a country song in near about every honkytonk in town!! Sounds like we're gonna have a big crowd with lots of 1st timers this year so really looking forward to meeting all of ya'll...I had the pleasure of meeting Pete in Austin after knowing him online for many years and looking forward to seeing him again......and I've talked to several folks that I've met and known here for a long time ( all from the early days of the board but who are no longer active here) but have never met in person that are coming as well.....AND, I finally get to meet my co-conspirator, err, umm, I mean co-moderator Spiny in person AND, bejeebers is gonna try to make it up from Austin......and, of course, my BFF "hipshot" AKA Hollywood Dan of Nat Geo fame will be there! Shit the bed Loretta! It's gonna get rowdy ya'll......Yeeee Feckin Hawwww! DD
  13. Hey Brian It's been close to 8 years since I escaped the Metromess and to be honest I'm not much of a "foody"....goin out to eat usually means beer & bbq or fried catfish, hushpuppy and coleslaw...lol! But, I'm fairly certain that my favorite bbq place, Bakers Ribs, has a location near the conference hotel. I DO know where some of the best honky tonks and dance halls are though...lmao! DD
  14. You can bet I'm gonna be there dude! Spent almost 43 of my 72 years in Cow Town and Dallas! Looking forward to meeting ya my friend! This will be my 4th conference in the past 10 years...1st in Portland in 2010, only around 40 of us.....we've come A LONG WAY since then.....you'll meet a couple hundred of us I reckon!! Don't worry about O2!!! Clusterbusters will have plenty on hand and you'll be able to check out a cylinder for your room..just bring your reg and mask. DD
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    Busters Unite! Newbie needs help

    Welcome to the community Horton.....sorry you had the need to join us though!! As to your questions, indomethacin is used as a diagnostic drug......if it stops your pain, you get a hemicrania continua diagnosis....if the pain persists, most docs DC the indo. O2 needs to be 100% in most cases......CPAP will not work unfortunately. My advice would be to read up on Batch's vitamin D3 regimen and start there ( ensuring you take all the co factors as written) and if you're on Facebook, ask to join the Australia, New Zealand Cluster Headache Support group........a good mate of mine is one of the admins......Give Dan Bailey a shout and he can get ya sorted on the O2 and other clusterhead information. Unfortunately, I can only think of a few members from down under in the almost 10 year history of this board..... Be well... Dallas Denny
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    Treatment For my gingivitis

    G'mornin Dana! The answer to your question is ABSOLUTELY!!! My experience is that they usually have to numb you up for deep cleaning....which means (commonly) epinephrine resulting in injections around the upper teeth in close proximity to the trigeminal ganglia.....sometimes dentists will have a numbing agent besides the epi but they'll still be injecting close to the trigeminal!! Last time I had deep cleaning it definitely triggered some out of cycle hits!! DD
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    2019 Patient Conference

    Very timely update miss Eileen!! DD
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    Interesting info on legalization

    Yuppers... Oregon is next!! Who'd a thunk we'd see this...EVER!!!!
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    New here but not new to the evil!

    Welcome Bob! If you're close to Boston you can access a member here who is also a Neurologist with a specialty in Headaches.....bostonheadachedoc has been a hero in the cluster headache community for many, many years! I'll send him a message on Facebook and see if hell drop by and comment on your thread! Definitely agree with Pebbles and Chf that it certainly doesn't sound like clusters though Dallas Denny
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    Make this site as accessible as possible. :)

    G'evenin ya'll! Many good points here! As Chf stated, much has changed in the years since we both became involved with clusterbusters.......all of the information in the busting files is based on the anecdotal evidence and surveys from the first few years.....and we've now added another 10 years of folks experience and anecdotal evidence with no new surveys or significant rewrites to the original information. I've spent many, many hours cleaning up the corruption caused to the numbered buster files by the migration from the original yabb powdered board....however, it's not possible to pin them in numerical order so I've pinned just the "Clusterbusters Files Content" page with current links to the numbered files. I'm also going to meet with Bob W at the conference to discuss updates and changes to the board along with staffing..... I ain't no sprang chicken, Spiny is recovering from surgery, we've completely lost bejeebers, Jeff (That hurts my head) isn't here as much as in years past, and everytime I talk to Bob W he's headed to another conference or presentation on our behalf so we are rarely graced with his presence. At any rate, please continue with suggestions in this thread and I'll use it for notes when Bob and I meet up. DD
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    2019 Patient Conference

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    Research on new tryptamine option

    If.... IF....they're saying the have 5 Meo Dalt available then it is definitely a scam!
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    Micro Dosing

    I'm episodic Phil.....been busting since 2010....was never successfull at preventing a cycle by maintenance dosing during remission and have never been successful at aborting a cycle already in progress.....but....although I have to dose through out my entire 20 week cycles, I get 2 to 4 completely PF days between doses and oxygen works much better than prior to busting! In 2017 I switched to a preemptive busting strategy in anticipation of a cycle beginning in late March early April at the earliest and as late as July/August......so, I began dosing with 1.5g every 30 days in late February and followed that strategy thru mid October.....never had the first twinge of a hit! In an effort to repeat that success, I've been on the same dosing regimen since mid February. I do powder and cap my doses to avoid the taste and resulting nausea. DD
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    Micro Dosing

    G'mornin Phil As a guy about to turn 72, I can so relate....unfortunately, in my opinion, there's just not enough anecdotal evidence yet to show that micro dosing is an effective treatment for clusters.....a scant few claim success but 1/10th to 1/20th of a recreational dose (175 - 350mg) is not enough for most folks to reach a therapeutic trip level ! Dallas Denny
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    What is 5-meO-Dalt?

    Indeed Pebbles!! I would have dearly loved to have had the opportunity to sit and chat a spell with Sasha! DD