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  1. I was thinking that, too -- and how happy and grateful I am that AO is back among us. wondering this, too.
  2. Looking forward to it!!!!
  3. Bob, in order to use RC seeds (rivea corymbosa--not morning glory) it is believed that you have to be off the other meds for at least five days. That's why you want to be sure that your abortive systems (oxygen, RedBull, maybe ice packs or other strategies ...) are working as well as possible for you. I'm not familiar with Zomig, but if they are pills, they probably aren't helping you much. It's the verap, which might be helping, that might be hard to let go of. And you really should try the D3 regimen, which might make a big difference in making your symptoms tolerable or maybe even eliminating them (and you don't have to "detox" from other meds to start on the D3). Results from RC vary widely from person to person. We just saw one person become pain free (at least for some period of time) with what seem like "small" doses -- one of 11 seeds and one of 15. For others, it takes more seeds and more doses. Doses are recommended to be at least five days apart. Here are some places where you can get seeds: http://www.ethnobotanicals.com http://www.iamshaman.com www.psychoactiveherbs.com www.shamansgarden.com But you gotta do some reading and research on your own, because you have to take responsibility for this treatment. Here's one of tommyd's files -- http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1290130612 There are others there in the "Clusterbuster files" section that you should also read (for example, the one with the title "LSA" -- LSA is the "busting" ingredient in RC seeds).
  4. So sorry to read this, Bob . . . hard as it is to believe, you are "lucky" in having received a quick diagnosis, having gotten oxygen, having access to a neuro (if s/he is a good one), and having discovered this board, where you will get lots of help. You are way ahead of the game, and even though everyone understands why you are scared and confused and how very scary and confusing it can be, you're on your way to taking control of your situation. Yes, your cycle will almost certainly end--not many people start out with chronic CH (many people don't ever go there--and even chrocic CH can be managed). Others here will advise you about alternatives to the verapamil. "Busting" with RC seeds worked very well for my daughter, and we can discuss that more. You can read more about "busiting" in the "clusterbuster files" section here, particularly in the great files posted there by tommyd. For now, I would suggest that you consider three relatively simple things: 1. Try drinking a RedBull or other "energy drink"--something high in caffeine and taurine--as soon as you feel a CH coming on (or as soon as one awakens you). That helps a lot of people. 2. I think you should start on the vitamin D3 regimen that has helped a lot of people. It's generally very safe (though you might check with your doctor) and inexpensive. In essence, start taking about 10,000 international units per day of vitamin D3. You could take more (some folks take 20K IU per day), but high dosages for extended periods are not recommended. You should take it with food. You can take it all at once or in two 5K pills (or whatever denominations you can get). Also take two or three calcium citrate tablets that are formulated with magnesium and zinc (and maybe some other things, including a relatively small amount of additional D3). The recommended dosage of these is 2 or 3 tablets per day. You don't have to take them with food, but you can, of course. And also take Omega 3 fish oil capsules, roughly 2-3,000 mg per day. Others who are on this regimen also drink a glass of lemonade once or twice a day, with meals. There are substantial success stories here and elsewhere with using this method. You can read a great deal more about it in a long, somewhat complicated thread here: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1291969416/50 I recommend at least skimming that, because you see success stories and individual variants. There's also a thread here at Clusterbusters, with less detail but still worthwhile: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1300245052 3. You say your O2 "seems to help a lot." That's great. If you're aborting relatively quickly (within 10 minutes or so) with your O2 (which I assume is at least a 15 liters per minute flow using a non-rebreather mask), you probably don't need to hassle with that now (and I see that money is an issue). Many people, however, swear by the O2ptimask. You can read about having a good oxygen setup here, and at the end of this file there's a list of where you can order various components, including the O2ptimask (I will add the note note that increasingly, evidence is showing that higher flow rates of 25lpm or more result in quicker aborts, though as I say this might not be something you have to worry about now.) http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1299901790
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    Scott, here are some things that Les wrote at that long thread about licorice root. Knowing Les, I suspect he'll give you a more detailed answer at some point: Genser said, “Single dose busting with real psylocin indole followed by tincture use as an abortive would probably work pretty well. . . . If you try the tincture and it doesn’t work for you, it will clear your system in eight hours or less if you want to bust with shrooms. Licorice has a short half life compared to pharmaceuticals. I have no experience in knowing whether going from hallucinogens to the tincture would require waiting.”
  6. Many of us have watched over the last few months as the situation of Michael (the Lionhearted, son of Bonkers) has worsened, and we know that Michael's about to go through a tough, tough detox from methadone without any help for his frequent, intense CH attacks. (See hereabouts for more info about Michael's situation: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1265314831/637#637) We all hope and believe that in the long run this detox is going to make things better for Michael, but in the short run it's likely to be a very hard time for him, and for his loving dad, too. Most of us know how important the support from others here can be, and I'm suggesting (with Ron's approval) that we might each post here a message of support to Michael, so that he knows directly what we all know to be true -- that he's in our thoughts, our hearts, and our prayers; that he's not alone in this; and that the other side of it is going to be much better for him. Ron has said that he will either encourage Michael to read these messages himself, or that Ron will print them out for him/read them to him. I'll post mine later, but I'm inviting others to go first. Thanks, Jerry
  7. Thanks, Cassidy. Whatever the question was, you have answered it well. I do have it from a reliable source, however, that occasional small doses of RC for sleeping will not interfere with the use of RC for busting. (Of course, that probably depends on what "occasional" and "small" mean!)
  8. Great news, Zak! Here's hoping we never hear from you again, except with occasional reports of your continued success and a brief report reassuring us that you have acquired oxygen, just in case. If I were you, I would consider the maintenance dose of that D3 regimen, too -- half of what I recommended above.
  9. CHfather


    Neurontin was also suggested for my daughter. There's a 20-post thread here discussing it, though not directly in relationship to your specific question about mushies: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1300849393 (I wish we had a better search engine here. I don't understand the limitations of the current one, but if you enter neurontin there it doesn't even take you to this thread, let alone whatever mentions of neurontin there might be elsewhere.) Has Booj tried the vitamin D3 regimen? I'd definitely go that way before taking neurontin. Here's something I just wrote about that regimen in another thread:     I think you should consider the vitamin D3 regimen that has helped so many people, which you could start this afternoon and which does not seem to interfere with busting. Very much more likely to help you than the kudzu, I'd say. The recommended dosage for treatment during a cycle is 10,000 international units per day (with food) of vitamin D3, 3-5K mg. of Omega-3 fish oil (with food) per day, and a couple of calcium citrate tablets (the kind that are formulated with magnesium, zinc, and sometimes a little D3) a day (not necessarily with food). Many people find that a glass of lemonade twice a day enhances the effects. I've just told you the basics, which I think is all you need to know, but you can read more about this approach (and many success stories) at these lengthy threads: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1300245052 http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1291969416/50
  10. Nice job finding that, Mystina! I'm skeptical of these "anecdotal reports" (even though in a lot of areas that's all we have to go by), but, again, I don't know anything; and, as you say, Zak could do both (try it now; "detox" from the kudzu; try it later). Thanks for your good research.
  11. Zak, here's a list of doctors in England that have been recommended by people with CH. It's from http://www.ouch-us.org/chgeneral/doctors.htm I don't really understand the National Health system, but if you have the option, maybe it would be relatively easy (or easier) to get an oxygen prescription from one of these. Can't speak for its currency, since I believe Goadsby, for example, is now in the US. Rachel Tudbury Watford, Herts Dr Dennis Briley Princes Risborough, Bucks Dr. Sarah Benton London Dr. E. A. MacGregor London Dr Robert Hailwood Horwich, Bolton Manjit Matharu London (Queen's Sq.) Peter Goadsby London (Queen's Sq.) Craig Maxwell Radlett, Herts
  12. Zak, do you have anyone who can advocate for you regarding the oxygen? Because for many people it changes everything. I had to fight not only for, but with my daughter to get her oxygen--she like you had given up on ever finding any help and she just gritted her way through some very severe attacks (8s and 9s) for years, and she didn't want what she was sure was "false hope" from oxygen. But we got it, after many travails with the system, and it worked beautifully to abort her attacks, and changed--probably saved--her life. It's the #1 prescription for CH according the European medical standards. You can read about that and more here: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1299901790 (This is a page I wrote after dealing with oxygen on my daughter's behalf; it's different from the one Ron referred you to yesterday. I'd really encourage you to look at it.) Maybe someone from this board over on your side of the water will be willing to advise you or even help you. In the US, welding oxygen can be obtained without a prescription and you can order the additional parts you need (regulator, mask) over the internet. There's discussion about all this at that link above. I don't know how that works in Great Britain. Because you (like my daughter) don't have a history of using pharmaceuticals that interfere with busting, I'm expecting you to have good success with the D3 regimen (don't forget the calcium citrate formulation and maybe a couple of glasses of lemonade) and with RC. But oxygen is essential, too, eventually if not right now. You can get some nasty "post-dose hits" for a day or two from the RC, and it's very nice to have a quick abortive nearby.Â
  13. Since it's not really clear whether kudzu interferes with busting (I don't see why it should, but I don't know anything), I'd still consider an initial RC bust now if you have the seeds and you're not on any of the meds that definitely do interfere with busting. Worst that can happen (assuming your reaction to low-dose RC is as mild as most people's) is it won't work. Then eliminating the kudzu before another bust five days from now (Thursday). And immediately starting the D3 regimen. And working on getting oxygen, if you don't have it. Also, chugging a RedBull or other "energy drink" with caffeine and taurine at the first sign of a headache helps many people.
  14. Welcome, ztc. The RC is going to help you. If you haven't, you should read TommyD's pertinent files in the "Clusterbusters Files" section of this board, starting maybe with "The Dosing Method": http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1290130612 . You should read the "LSA" file, too. And then you should ask questions. I have to say that it's extremely rare for anyone to get more than a very mild buzz from the recommended doses of RC, especially the recommended starting dose of maybe 10-20 seeds. It's also rare for those low doses to have much effect, for most people, on the CH. You will know yourself best, of course, but I'm thinking Thursday is a long way away and I don't think you'd have to worry about effects at work if you took the dose the evening or night before work. So I'm saying maybe you'd want to do something sooner, if kudzu is all you've been taking and you're "detoxed" from the meds that could interfere with busting (see TommyD's file on "interactions" if you're not sure about this). Or (and/or, really), I think you should consider the vitamin D3 regimen that has helped so many people, which you could start this afternoon and which does not seem to interfere with busting. Very much more likely to help you than the kudzu, I'd say. The recommended dosage for treatment during a cycle is 10,000 international units per day (with food) of vitamin D3, 3-5K mg. of Omega-3 fish oil (with food) per day, and a couple of calcium citrate tablets (the kind that are formulated with magnesium, zinc, and sometimes a little D3) a day (not necessarily with food). Many people find that a glass of lemonade twice a day enhances the effects. I've just told you the basics, which I think is all you need to know, but you can read more about this approach (and many success stories) at these lengthy threads: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1300245052 http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1291969416/50 You have oxygen, I hope! If not, that should be another priority for you. The great folks here, who understand what you're going through, are very generous with their help. Ask questions, and, please, keep us informed, since we learn from you, too. PF wishes.
  15. Cool, and thanks! That's the first I've heard (in the time I've been here) of SPUT working (or seeming to work) as an abortive. Did it have any effect on your sleep that you can discern?
  16. You're the best, man. The best. Jerry
  17. Thanks, all, for your thoughtful responses here and at my earlier post. I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, neither typical sleep meds such as versions of ambien, nor drowsiness-inducing meds such as klonopin, nor non-pharms such as melatonin or valerian, have really helped her, even at high levels (although for a series of flukish reasons she has not yet been prescribed lunesta -- so I guess we might hope that that would work for her). I'm at the point where I feel the sleeplessness (or, really, the night-time sleeplessness--she could sleep all day, I think, if she didn't have to work) is taking such a toll on her that--after we demand some lunesta from somebody and see if that works--an RC trial will probably be the next step. Guess she might have to shift busting strategies (or maybe not) if she goes that route. I'll let you know. Again, thanks. Jerry
  18. Given what I wrote in my other recent post about RC, sleep, and my daughter, I am inclined to recommend that she test low doses of RC seeds as a sleep aid, either as SPUT using maybe 4 or 5 seeds, or as an LSA preparation (crushed seeds in water) involving something like 8-10 seeds. To enable her to sleep would be a huge blessing, a big step toward the "normal" life she's been deprived of. She's tried practically everything the docs can offer, without any results except the usual unpleasant drug side effects. Does anyone have any experience, or even an informed opinion about (a) using LSA as a sleep aid; or ( the general advisability of taking LSA in small doses on a regular basis (maybe, or maybe not, every day), or © what the likely effect of taking LSA in small doses on a regular basis might be on busting, if/when her cycle returns? An extra-credit question: I don't know what levels might actually be effective to help her sleep; maybe it has to be a full 20-30-or-more seed preparation. If she did that every five days or so, do you think RC would soon lose its effectiveness for busting? I understand if no one has any ideas about this. I just want to be sure I'm asking the questions as clearly as I can. Thanks, Jerry                  Â
  19. Solace, you give me a chance to briefly clarify what I was saying. There are whole diets (dietary regimens) devoted to increasing one's alkalinity. My daughter, who began about 6 months ago eating very little meat, very little sugar, very few processed foods, etc., now has a highly (but positively) alkaline pH. She also takes the D3 maintenance regimen, in part because I'm not sure that I'm correct in understanding its primary purpose as shifting acidity to alkalinity. So my overall point there was not necessarily that you/one should take a lot of D3 on an ongoing basis, as much as it is to say that if being more alkaline/less acidic has these demonstrated benefits for so many people related to CH, maybe there's something to it as a general approach to wellness, and steps like drinking more citrus or shifting your/one's diet toward alkalinity-increasing foods will have general benefits.  http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm BTW, my daughter's CH pattern was much like the others: tolerable headaches for relatively limited time periods followed by increasingly strong HAs for increasingly long periods. I think that's fairly typical. I think they also become less tolerable when you realize that they're likely to keep coming back. Maybe D3 and all that will change things.
  20. From what I can understand about the D3 regimen, the overall goal is to shift your body's pH from acidic to alkaline, thereby reducing systemic inflammation. So I think one way to test whether you want to drop to a maintenance level, without as much risk of finding out you weren't ready yet, is to buy some pH test strips and see what your level of acidity/alkalinity is. They work simply and very quickly with any bodily fluid, and they're not very expensive. I got mine at Whole Foods, but I suspect that any place with a strong supplements section will sell them. You might know that there's a lot of speculation that most of our bodies are too acidic (here's one brief discussion of that: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/alkalinediet.htm), so maybe it's something you might want to think about in the longer run, for yourself and your family, even when you're out of cycle. (I'm not pushing this. I didn't know anything about it until I did some reading to learn more about the D3 regimen. But it does feel sensible to me.)
  21. Lieutenant2 posted something recently about how well he slept after an RC dose. Others have written similar things, and it's true for my daughter, also. In general, her sleep patterns are horrible. I know this is also common for others. So I'm wondering two things: (1) Why is it that dosing with RC so often produces such a sound night's sleep--is there anything useful to be learned from that to help people with CH who have sleep problems? and (2) More practically, does anyone use RC as a regular sleep aid -- SPUT method, maybe, or small doses (5, 6 seeds) taken regularly? Related to (2), does anyone know whether regular SPUTting or low-level doses would somehow mess up serious busting? My daughter's inability to sleep at night, even when she's exhausted, affects her life cumulatively about as badly as CH does when she's in cycle. She's taking some serious stuff now to try to help her sleep, but it's not really helping. Any advice/experience would be much appreciated.
  22. CHfather

    tune for you

    Yes, when I click on the link there in your post (or paste it into the address bar), I get a YouTube "spotlight videos" page which at this moment offers me a Jennifer Lopez video, a Lady Gaga video, and two other choices. Weird. But I can find that "Idiot Wind" one myself, surely, if I try hard enough.
  23. Dave, this subject comes up from time to time, and is valuable to pursue. As someone has noted, you can't give monkeys or rats cluster headaches, so it's very hard to do the kind of animal testing that can be done with many other conditions -- including for example depression, which can be caused (or at least the symptoms of which can be caused) in rats. That means it's hard to find a cause, and it's hard to find a cure, by applying one major medical-research model, of inflicting stuff on lab animals and seeing what happens. There's a quite a long thread just a few posts down from this one, "Common Threads of CH Sufferers" -- http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1276776645 -- where ideas are also put forward. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that since CH can be hereditary, then there must be some kind of genetic disruption involved, which might rule out some hypothesized causes that aren't operating at a genetic level.
  24. Well, I now believe that at least some Oscar recipients might be sincere when they say "I'm honored, but I don't deserve this." Among other things, I wouldn't be here at all -- and my daughter probably wouldn't be doing better -- if I hadn't received so much help and support when I first arrived. I still remember the screen names of a lot of the folks who quickly appeared to help us: you (Bejeeber); Jsmacks; TakinitEZ; kaboom; the bb; alleyoop; agent orange; Becky v; clustermom13; tingeling, Hipshot; Bonkers; Psiloscribe; FunGuy; 1961mom; ThatHurts; Napa1026; raquelinkansas; shappyparasol; Dallas Denny . . . and then so many more whose presence made it even more worthwhile to stick around: Pixie-elf; DereksGirl; Keith; les genser . . . and even those who have come and left but still left an impression: Jilly from Philly; met la; Frustrated123; John . . . and let's not forget TommyD for his great, helpful files . . . and then all the more recent arrivals (and returnees) who are adding new energy and ideas that keep the place worth returning to . . . The red light has been flashing for quite a while now, so I'll just end the way so many of those recipients do: it's my daughter's courage and grace that inspires me on a day-to-day basis, and what I encounter here is a reflection of that.
  25. CHfather

    tune for you

    Nothing I like more than a sloppy and raw Dylan, but when I go to this place I see four vids that seem unrelated to what you said.
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