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  1. Thank you for this information.
  2. Thank you for keeping us informed. Hoping you'll have some good (or great) news.
  3. I hope you get some good help with getting O2. I would also check in at the Facebook group "Cluster Headache (trigeminal autonomic cephalagia)". A pretty strong international representation there. There's a link to D3 regimen basics in this post, which might also have some other ideas for you: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/
  4. Myhed', you might want to look into the condition called Horner's syndrome, I think. People with CH can have it outside of their cycles. The main characteristics, as listed Mayo Clinic are droopy eyelid (ptosis), a persistently small pupil (miosis), slight elevation of the lower lid (sometimes called upside-down ptosis), sunken appearance to the eye, and little or no sweating (anhidrosis) either on the entire side of the face or an isolated patch of skin on the affected side. As I understand it, though, Horner's is rarely painful unless there's a more serious underlying condition. I th
  5. Seigfried, I was just reading this for another reason, and saw this info about an apparent way of treating HC. Maybe it doesn't fit for PH, but I felt I should mention it. https://jmedicalcasereports.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13256-019-1986-y ".... Patient 1, an 82-year-old Caucasian woman, presented with hemicrania continua with a partial Horner’s syndrome that was present for 2 years. She was unable to take indomethacin as she was on anticoagulation. After a C2–3 diagnostic facet injection, not only did she become pain free but her ptosis completely resolved. She then u
  6. Siegfried, would it be worth it to try any of these supplemental or alternative treatments? https://americanheadachesociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Hemicrania_Continue_June_2015.pdf "There are alternative medications that can replace indomethacin if needed, but unfortunately they are not perfect for treating hemicrania continua. Sometimes they can supplement a lower dose of indomethacin if that is all that is tolerated. Melatonin is a natural hormone with a chemical structure similar to indomethacin. A few people have had a complete response for their HC with melatonin alone
  7. This is a study of people who developed CH shortly after head trauma (with seven days). (Nothing at this link that isn't here.) https://www.docguide.com/new-insights-post-traumatic-headache-cluster-headache-phenotype-cohort-study?tsid=5 New insights in post-traumatic headache with cluster headache phenotype: a cohort study; Grangeon L, O'Connor E, Chan C, Akijian L, Pham Ngoc T, Matharu M; Journal of Neurology; Neurosurgery; & Psychiatry (JNNP Online) (May 2020) OBJECTIVES To define the characteristics of post-traumatic headache with cluster headache phenotype (PTH
  8. devon' is right. I was wrong. An M tank holds about 3000 - 3400 liters (not 1700, as I had written). Divide that range by 20 and you get 150-170 minutes of O2 at 20lpm.
  9. What the doctor wrote the script for is really irrelevant to your O2 use. The lpm settings you use from the regulator that you put on the tank are the only factors that affect how much O2 you are using. An M tank holds about 1700 liters of O2. That means that if you use a setting of 20 liters per minute, you will have about 85 minutes of O2 in the tank (1700 liters in the tank being used at 20 liters per minute; 1700 divided by 20 = 85). The higher your lpm settings, the faster you will go through the oxygen that's in the tank, but that is not affected by anything related to the script tha
  10. kat', This file has answers to your questions: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/5627-notes-about-welding-o2/ In brief: Typically, welding tanks are bought, not rented. They have no reason to ask you any questions; there are no legal restrictions for getting welding O2. If they do ask, they are just chatting. In the file, there are some suggested possible answers if you are asked. Plenty of women weld, or use welding O2 for other things, such as art projects. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeaMj2m_Wj4 My wife and daughter both get my daughter's welding O2 regularly.
  11. kat', sooooo happy to read this. You want an M tank or an H tank (plus you want to keep your smaller tank for portability). Those are the big ones. The big tanks are heavy, so you might also want a stand, or particularly a rolling stand if you have to move them. Now that you know more about O2 working for you, you can consider using welding O2, too, if your supplier is not cooperative. Since they make more money when they provide you a larger tank (or tanks), and have less hassle from having to constantly replace the smaller tanks, you'd think they'd be interested. If you get a b
  12. The pills barely work in any event. If you ask your doctor about oxygen, s/he is likely not to give it to you. Lord knows why, but that's how it usually works. You need to insist on oxygen, and/or find a doctor that is competent enough to prescribe it. For a bunch of stuff that might be helpful, take a look at this file: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/
  13. For basics, click on the blue "New Users..." banner at the top of any page. Rivea corymbosa seeds (in most places) are "over the counter" in the sense that they are legal to purchase and possess, yet are very effective busting agents. To discuss any of this further, you'd want to start a thread at one of the more private boards ("Share Your Busting Stories" would work, or "Theory and Implementation").
  14. Might not be any detriment. But . . . According to your NHS, "Diphenhydramine is also called by the brand names Histergan, Nytol Original, Nytol One-A-Night and Sleepeaze." https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/diphenhydramine/# Looks like maybe Tesco also sells it (??): https://www.drugs.com/uk/tesco-sleep-aid-25mg-tablets-leaflet.html
  15. You might look through this file to see if there are any other strategies that might help. https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/
  16. Batch says that the average nmol/L for people who have been highly successful with D3 is 203.5, but the minimum that some successful people have had is around 85 nmol/L. That's a big range, but you seem to be in the ballpark. https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/1308-d3-regimen/ You should send Batch a message about the swollen knuckle. He is very generous about responding. His handle here is now xxx. So, click on the envelope icon on the top right side of the page, then put xxx in the "To" line. When you say you don't take any other medication for your CH, does that include
  17. I think everything is well covered here. As I understand it, Batch's recommendation from 2017 is different from what he recommended in the 2011 post linked to by Siegfried. The 2017 one (which seems like it would seriously save O2) is here: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/4919-batchs-hyperventilation-red-neck-bag/ Here's what I understand him to be saying. (1) For 30 seconds, hyperventilate using room air. That's ten three-second deep inhale/full exhale events, deeply inhaling and forcibly exhaling during three seconds each time. He says, "On the tenth exhalation, hold the sque
  18. kat_', you might be making a wise and perfectly good decision about this. But do keep in mind that here and at other CH sites, people are there because things haven't worked for them. A few people have showed up here to say that Emgality, Aimovig, or some other medication of that type has helped them, but for the most part, people who find relief from something are not likely to be here, so the comments are skewed toward the negative, which might not represent the whole picture.
  19. Nurtec is an abortive, Emgality and others are preventives. Nurtec's materials specifically say "Not for prevention."
  20. I guess it's late, but any chance of getting a prednisone taper for your trip? For most people it will stop attacks at least part of the time while you're on it. Seems like that would be safer than driving while aborting. It will also give the D3 more time to ramp up. It can take a while, weeks or even months, for D3 to get up to therapeutic levels. You seem like a wise and knowledgeable person, so the rest here is just in case . . . (and I might not have read carefully enough, so forgive me where I'm wrong) Batch has talked about not driving while taking those Benadryl doses.
  21. Phantom, just a note that if there's a topic you're wondering about, you can search for it using the search bar at the top right of each page. I'm not saying that you shouldn't ask questions, but sometimes you can get a lot from a search, too.
  22. Flunarizine can't be prescribed in the US (or Japan) because it seems to create "movement disorders" related to Parkinson's disease. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-37901-z There was a time when it was also banned or limited in the UK -- not sure whether that's still true. It does seem to be effective as a migraine treatment, but maybe not more effective than other calcium channel blockers with less risky side effects.
  23. For treating your CH or as a defense (in his view) against coronavirus? He was big on the latter, so just checking.
  24. Acupuncture is almost always ineffective. I think a few people have benefited from it. WHY do neurologists keep finding reasons not to prescribe O2. It might be difficult to get it approved by insurance, but with most private insurance companies that battle can be won, and sometimes there isn't even a battle. Medicare and Medicaid won't cover oxygen. Also, having a prescription allows you to pay the O2 provider out of pocket if that's a necessary way to go. If you read the post I linked you to, you'll see the answer to this question (which is yes, by using welding oxygen).
  25. Here's some basic info about treating cluster headaches (it does sound like that's likely to be what you have). Among other things, there's a link in here to the D3 regimen, which the previous posters recommended (for good reason). You should start the D3 right away. https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/ Check out the "Triggers" link, too. I have a slightly different view regarding the Topamax. Yes, it is not a first-line CH treatment. So, if you can get a revised set of prescriptions quickly (something like oxygen, a nasal or injected triptan,
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