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  1. CHfather

    Advice ?

    Yes to the Benadryl, I would say. For in cycle and in allergy season, the recommended is 3 25mg doses during the day and 50mg at bedtime. That's a lot for someone trying to go to school (or pretty much anyone). I guess see what level works, if it does work. It's my understanding that it's very important for him to be taking the whole D3 regimen. http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-download_wiki_attachment.php?attId=7708
  2. jh, I feel like a very small number of people have complained about a rebound effect from O2. It is definitely not a common thing. Many people find that if they stay on the O2 for 5-10 minutes after an attack has been aborted, it seems to prevent subsequent attacks. It's kind of annoying to do that when you just want to go back to sleep, but it does help many people. I don't think that anyone believes that using O2 extends cycles, but again, there might be a few people who think that.
  3. CHfather

    Verapamil ER Discontinued by Manufacturer

    Generally, verap ER is considered to be less effective for CH than the immediate release type. I have looked for medical citations about that (I know I've seen one), but it is "common wisdom" here, often discussed. So I'd urge you to give that a try. Looking around the internet, it seems that there are online pharmacies selling verap er at increased prices because of the shortage: e.g., https://www.healthwarehouse.com/verapamil-240mg-er-capsules.html
  4. You can't get medical O2 without a prescription. But as the Boatman said to the Eggman, welding O2 is an alternative that many use, and no prescriptions are required to set up a welding-O2-based system. Info here: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/5627-notes-about-welding-o2/. I know many people who use welding O2, and who prefer to use it for many reasons. But I would at least follow up on your doctor's offer and see where it leads, unless you are certain that in fact there are no oxygen suppliers to service you.
  5. EggMan, you need to do the whole D3 regimen. Read this: http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-download_wiki_attachment.php?attId=7708 You don't have oxygen??? You really should. The more you use triptans, the more it makes your attacks worse and is likely to extend your cycle, not to mention just being bad for you. At least, consider splitting your injections if you aren't already: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/2446-extending-imitrex/ Verap and Topamax aren't great for you, either. If you do the D3 regimen right, you will probably be able to stop taking them.
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    Gail', Batch is very insistent that if the full D3 regimen is followed strictly, there are no calcium-related issues. I can see why you might not want to test that regimen again, but if you do, you can and should contact Batch directly for more information. (Open the "envelope" icon at the top of the page and type Batch in the "To" line.) This file discusses welding O2 in some detail: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/5627-notes-about-welding-o2/
  7. CHfather

    Gammacore Non Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulator

    Frilling, did one or both of them try busting, as was discussed in response to your post last year?
  8. CHfather

    Benadryl to bust imitrex rebound

    Effective oxygen and the D3 regimen are your friends. http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-download_wiki_attachment.php?attId=7708 If you do use trex again, consider splitting your doses: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/2446-extending-imitrex/
  9. CHfather

    Pain / Symptom Tracking Apps

    Have you looked at this? Started by a fellow with CH, who persisted here for quite a while but didn't get much traction, and who still is persisting (I mean that positively -- God bless all those who persist in search of better treatment). He has a Facebook group, too. This tracks a lot of things, as I understand it, so maybe it's too much for what you're looking for.
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    Is ch linked to dental work?

    What Freud says is basically correct -- as many people have learned the hard way, having work done on your teeth is very, very, very unlikely to help your CH. Serious tooth work (extractions, root canals) have indeed set off CH in a bad way for some people. Dealing with a cavity probably isn't at that level. However, the anesthetic used by dentists while treating a cavity or doing other tooth work has been shown to cause attacks for many people. Anesthetics containing epinephrine (such as Xylocaine) have been identified by some people as triggers. Ask your dentist to use something else: Prilocaine seems not to cause bad effects. Some people find that nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") is okay as an anesthetic (I remember someone here actually trying to get hold of some as an abortive), but some people have said it's a trigger for them. I think you dentist's office is likely to have O2 on hand (I've noticed tanks in my dentist's office). You might check into this (do they have it; tank size; flow rate; mask type) or bring your own O2 setup if you have a portable-size tank.
  11. CHfather

    New site search engine

    I'm thrilled to see the new search engine here. It will really be helpful -- so much better than what we've had. Thanks to whoever installed it! Right now, however, it doesn't seem to be working -- the response to every query I enter is "No Results." Is there some connection that's missing?
  12. CHfather

    Copying/pasting question

    Thanks, you two. FWIW, if I just copy the URL and then go to the chain link icon, I can then paste it into both boxes and it's all good. No clipboard intermediation required. I know I could also type text into one of the boxes, but I like my links here to be more in your face than that.
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    Copying/pasting question

    I like to include links in my posts whenever it's useful. I find that at this site -- unlike any other sites I use -- I have to go through the process twice each time. Go to the link, copy it, go back to my message here, click paste. Nothing happens. Repeat the process and the link appears. If this is just something I'm experiencing, okay; if it's a fixable system issue, can it be dealt with?
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    Portland Oregon sufferers?

    Monica, try sending a PM to 1961mom. She's in PDX, or maybe Eugene. She's a great CH advocate. Hasn't been at this site in quite a few years, but is still very active on Facebook. I'm not comfortable posting her actual name here, because that would defeat the purpose of anonymity, but if she doesn't respond to your PM promptly, let me know and I'll try to give you more info by PM. To send a PM, click on the envelope icon that you see when you scroll to the top of a page, then click on "Compose New," and type 1961mom into the "To" line. It might help a tiny bit if you tell her that CHfather suggested you should contact her. I'll bet she knows other people nearby to you. I lived in PDX for a few years. My favorite place to live in the country (I've lived in 8 different states). Sorry that you're suffering so much now. Also, please -- as Freud suggested -- tell as more about how you are treating your CH. We might have some suggestions.
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    Oxygen concentrators?

    I'd suggest that you might as well get a welding regulator, which will go to 25 lpm and above. The small issue is that it doesn't have any actual lpm settings, so you have to feel your way to the flow rate you want. This is a very small issue. Maybe the $20 one at Amazon will work, but I guess I'd consider this one: https://www.amazon.com/Oxygen-Regulator-Harris-Large-Cutting/dp/B00WH3Q5N4/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1549467482&sr=8-15&keywords=oxygen+regulator+welding A small issue that can become a bit of a hassle is that you want one with a barbed fitting like the one in this photo to attack your mask tube to. Some don't provide that. You can buy an adapter at a hardware store or online if you get a reg without it.
  16. CHfather

    Oxygen concentrators?

    "Redneck bag": https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/4919-batchs-hyperventilation-red-neck-bag/
  17. CHfather

    CCH surgery

    https://www.docguide.com/vidian-neurectomy-management-chronic-cluster-headache?tsid=5 Vidian Neurectomy for Management of Chronic Cluster Headache; Liu S, Kao M, Huang Y, Su W; Neurosurgery (Dec 2018) Tags: Pain Management Read/Add Comments | Email This | Print This | PubMed | Get Full Text BACKGROUND Management of chronic cluster headache (CCH) remains a challenging endeavor, and the optimal surgical approach for medically refractory CCH remains controversial. OBJECTIVE To conduct a preliminary evaluation of the efficacy and safety of vidian neurectomy (VN) in patients with medically refractory CCH. METHODS Between March 2013 and December 2015, 9 CCH patients, all of whom had failed to respond to conservative therapy, underwent VN with a precise nerve cut and maximal preservation of the sphenopalatine ganglion. Data included demographic variables, cluster headache onset and duration, mean attack frequency, mean attack intensity, and pain disability index measures pre- and through 12-mo postsurgery. RESULTS Seven of the 9 cases (77.8%) showed immediate improvement. Improvement was delayed by 1 mo in 1 patient, after which the surgical effects of pain relief were maintained throughout the follow-up period. One patient (11.1%) did not improve after surgery. One year after VN, patients' mean attack frequency, mean attack intensity, and pain disability index decreased by 54.5%, 52.9%, and 56.4%, respectively. No patient experienced treatment-related side effects or complications. CONCLUSION VN is an effective treatment method for CCH patients. Precise Vidian nerve identification and maximal preservation of the sphenopalatine ganglion may achieve good surgical outcomes and dramatically improve quality of life among patients, without significant adverse events.
  18. My daughter has been using 5-Hour Energies with good success for aborting (along with O2) for many years. Sometimes her attacks break through and last a long time (couple of hours), and she often uses more than one 5-Hour Energy. That many 5-Hour Energies, as many as four or five a day some days, makes her feel pretty crappy. About a week ago she just couldn't take another 5-Hour, so she went with some coffee she had sitting around. Got a very fast abort with it and O2. Since then, she's been using coffee and consistently aborting pretty quickly (~10 minutes), and her gut feels 100% better. I suppose it's possible that like other meds, too much of whatever's in energy shots might turn out to be counterproductive. (Or, as you all know, it could be any number of other things. For example, she was taking hemp oil for the CBD right about until the time she switched to coffee; so maybe the oil/CBD was making things worse instead of better.) She doesn't use triptans or any preventive except D3. She's also been drinking ginger tea every day for about a week. Maybe that has something to do with it.
  19. These are the first published results that I have seen from the big questionnaire-based study that Larry Schor and others carried out, which many people here contributed to. Nothing particularly shocking to us, but very important that it's out in the medical community. Thank you, Larry and others!!!! https://www.docguide.com/effectiveness-oxygen-and-other-acute-treatments-cluster-headache-results-cluster-headache-questionna?tsid=5
  20. https://www.docguide.com/sphenopalatine-neuralgia-independent-neuralgia-entity-pooled-analysis-case-series-and-literature-rev?tsid=5 "The clinical characteristics of SN [sphenopalatine neuralgia] might mimic cluster headache with the exception of cluster pattern and treatment response to oxygen. The typical duration of pain episodes in SN was several hours to several days; and in some cases, pain was persistent."
  21. I feel like I have read one or two people here saying that they took ginger daily as a preventive. Can anyone confirm any kind of success doing that? Has anyone tried it as an abortive (probably in combination with other things)? I read a silly study the other day that said that a small amount of ginger was about as effective as a 50mg sumatriptan pill for aborting migraines (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23657930).
  22. CHfather

    Ginger for preventing or aborting?

    Thanks for reporting about this, F'T'! Every bit of information helps.
  23. CHfather

    Ginger for preventing or aborting?

    Here's the basic tea recipe: https://www.thespruceeats.com/homemade-ginger-tea-3377239
  24. CHfather

    Confused and out of whack

    I feel pretty certain that Zembrace (the 3mg triptan) is available in the UK. However, it is authorized only for migraine (in the US, at least), because it hasn't been tested on people with CH. So a doctor would have to prescribe if "off label" (for a use other than its evidence-based use). Your NHS might be strict about that (I don't know). It's a lot easier than taking apart the injectors, though, at least in my experience.
  25. CHfather

    Confused and out of whack

    Sounds like CH to me. Do you feel restless, like you want to move around, during an attack? (That's considered a symptom, but I know it's not definitive.) I don't know what to say about "sometimes starts in the neck ," and I can see why that would make you wonder. Maybe others here will chime in about whether they have similar feelings. I would think you'd want to start the D3 regimen. http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-download_wiki_attachment.php?attId=7708 Most people don't need the full 6mg of sumatriptan that's in most autoinjectors to stop an attack, and at some level "overuse" of triptans is likely to cause rebound attacks. You might be able to get the 3mg version, called Zembrace, or to get vials and syringes so you can administer your own. You can open the autoinjector and give yourself lower doses. https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/2446-extending-imitrex/ Also, many people find that if they optimize their O2 system, with a regulator that goes up to at least 25lpm and the mask made for people with CH (the "ClusterO2 Kit"), and maybe drink some strong coffee or an energy shot/drink at the first sign of an attack, they have less need for triptans.