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    CHfather reacted to Into Light in I’m new here. So happy to find this place!!   
    clusterbusters.org saved my life...and obviously so many others!
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    CHfather reacted to Brain on fire in New here and super happy to be here   
    Welcome aboard @Marcelo_11. Sorry you need us, glad you found us.
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    CHfather reacted to spiny in New here and super happy to be here   
    Welcome Marcelo! Very happy that you found us. There is a lot of info to read and absorb. Ask all the questions you want. There is a banner at the top of each section 'New Users - read here first' That will give a great start. 
    What meds are you taking and do you have O2 with a non-rebreather mask? High flow? That is the main game changer. And check up on the D3 Regimen. Cheap, easy, and all good for you vitamins. It can lower your pain levels and slow down the ramp up. 
    Living on two hours sleep for months will make you feel pretty rotten.   Posts are not 'boring' nor are there any stupid questions. 
    ATB!
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    CHfather got a reaction from Brain on fire in New - Looking for Support   
    You can't get O2 from amazon.
    That's seems true.  So sorry.  Although at least you didn't get triptan pills.  The spray will probably help you.  (Others will answer your questions about that.)
    So tell him you got some oxygen from Amazon and it worked great and now you'd like that prescription.  Here is more or less what the prescription should say, since it's a good bet he has no idea how to write it: "Oxygen therapy for cluster headache: 15 liters per minute for 15 minutes with non-rebreather mask."
    Have you looked at the suggestions here for getting by without O2.  https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/
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    CHfather got a reaction from Brain on fire in New - Looking for Support   
    You can't get O2 from amazon.
    That's seems true.  So sorry.  Although at least you didn't get triptan pills.  The spray will probably help you.  (Others will answer your questions about that.)
    So tell him you got some oxygen from Amazon and it worked great and now you'd like that prescription.  Here is more or less what the prescription should say, since it's a good bet he has no idea how to write it: "Oxygen therapy for cluster headache: 15 liters per minute for 15 minutes with non-rebreather mask."
    Have you looked at the suggestions here for getting by without O2.  https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/
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    CHfather reacted to spiny in Question regarding flying during a cycle...   
    The TSA is very specific these days about what they are checking for -explosives! Not any meds or other stuff. 
    Once you are through the TSA checkpoint, you can buy drinks in the shops on the concourse that you are allowed to take on the plane. 
    I recently took on this hurdle after avoiding flying for 15 years. Got through just fine. Had shadows all one day after the flight, but that was it. It was over the Equinox which is my traditional start date, so, pretty scary!  However, I was not in cycle nor did it precipitate one.  
    Good luck! If you have a SPUT, take it as a preventative. It isn't explosive!  
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    CHfather reacted to Brain on fire in New - Looking for Support   
    Apologies if I seemed harsh. I just get really pissed when I see no oxygen, a boatload of meds with each of their own added risks & little to no relief. A decent doc doesn't sit & watch ya suffer. No apology necessarily @jon019 your post re caffeine just popped up, good catch.
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    CHfather reacted to jon019 in New - Looking for Support   
    Jon - I’ve heard great things about oxygen therapy but haven’t had the opportunity to try it.
    If your doc hasn't suggested/INSISTED the "standard of care/#1 abortive"...which is O2... time for a new doc....preferably a headache specialist....O2 has saved lives and sanity in clusterville....
    It sounds like it gives moderately faster relief, which would be a godsend.
    .....how's 5-10 mins 90% of the time for me.....without ANY of those nasty side effects you mention...relatively inexpensive.... easy to use...way more portable than non clusterheads will tell you...can be obtainable by self pay if the insurance won't cover....from welding supply shop if not..........
    I have a similar concern about so many medications - id like to know which one works in the future. I’ll see how feasible oxygen is with my insurance. 
    ...a "typical" protocol would be  prednisone to break a cycle while the prevent kicks in (10-14 days)...doubling up with two preventives (Verap and Depo) is unusual and I would say lazy...but then I do not know your med history so there could be valid reasons for that (he says doubtfully)....
    .....what is the verap dose (6 x 80 mg = 480?).....that would be a recognized 'sweet spot" amount...many require much higher (I used over 1000 mg/dy in hi cycle)....if you ever figure a pattern try timing the doses just prior to expected hits...
    ...if ya gonna use a triptan you'll want injectable or nasal (i use Zomig nasal spray 5 mg) as a last line of defense when all else fails...in my case, the Zomig has few, if any, side effects, no rebounds, and a long half life compared to sumatriptan....pills are worthless as an abortive and require exquisite timing to be at all useful as a prevent....
    ...you are in the right place to learn about busting.....
    ....the D3 regimen could make all of this moot...do it now...it's good for ya anyway....
    best
    jonathan
    sorry to step on Bof post...typed this before saw that.... totally agree........
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    CHfather reacted to Racer1_NC in Let's get together   
    I don't have the info in front of me but we have a CH'r in Charlotte, NC that is putting together a weekend meet and great the weekend of 12-14/15. I'll see him this weekend and have him come here to post up the particulars.
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    CHfather got a reaction from jon019 in I’m new here. So happy to find this place!!   
    https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/4568-triggers/
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    CHfather reacted to jon019 in I’m new here. So happy to find this place!!   
    ....check your journal...you know, the one you keep on when, where, how hard, how long, activities, eats, stress, weather, etc..... soes you (and maybe a good doc) can figure this out (and then stop journaling)....cuz it sounds like maybe there's "something" happening one day but not the next (like weekend headaches from no caffeine)....we call 'em "triggers"...
    ....another thought......if yur fairly new to CH it could be your "pattern" has not settled in yet...for some it takes a while (1 yr for me)................
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    CHfather got a reaction from jon019 in New poster - please help   
    Sounds like hemicrania continua to me.  https://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/all-disorders/hemicrania-continua-information-page
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    CHfather got a reaction from spiny in Nausea with D3 Regimen & Cofactors   
    Yes, from here. And he responded by PM to me here.  I wasn't asking him about Ilya K's specific case, but about a good link to the D3 regimen, since the old one wasn't working. I have changed the links in the pinned posts.
    (Can't type "Ilya K" without thinking about David McCallum in "The Man from UNCLE." Ilya Kuryakin.  A very old-time TV reference.)
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    CHfather got a reaction from spiny in Nausea with D3 Regimen & Cofactors   
    Yes, from here. And he responded by PM to me here.  I wasn't asking him about Ilya K's specific case, but about a good link to the D3 regimen, since the old one wasn't working. I have changed the links in the pinned posts.
    (Can't type "Ilya K" without thinking about David McCallum in "The Man from UNCLE." Ilya Kuryakin.  A very old-time TV reference.)
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    CHfather got a reaction from spiny in Nausea with D3 Regimen & Cofactors   
    Yes, from here. And he responded by PM to me here.  I wasn't asking him about Ilya K's specific case, but about a good link to the D3 regimen, since the old one wasn't working. I have changed the links in the pinned posts.
    (Can't type "Ilya K" without thinking about David McCallum in "The Man from UNCLE." Ilya Kuryakin.  A very old-time TV reference.)
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    CHfather got a reaction from spiny in Nausea with D3 Regimen & Cofactors   
    Send him a PM.  Click on the envelope icon at the top right of any page, and type Batch into the To line.  If he doesn't respond here, he will surely get back to you.  
    The pinned post is outdated, and now even the link to more recent information is out of date.  This will get you to Batch's discussion of the protocol (scroll down the page), but I'm not sure how much it will help you with your specific question. https://vitamindwiki.com/Cluster+headaches+substantially+reduced+by+10%2C000+IU+of+Vitamin+D+in+80+percent+of+people
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    CHfather reacted to GuaymasJim in Chronic Cluster a Year OR Longer?   
    I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but my first CCH struck on Jan. 11, 1970. My last one was at 4am this morning. I experience as few as 1 per day and as many as 8 (aka daisy chain or bone crusher) with 2 being about average. I have never experienced a remission for more than three weeks-and very seldom that long. Some are much worse than others (there is never a good one), but they have been with me for just short of 50 years (I'm 72 yo). I have used most of the tricks memorialized here with various degrees of success as well as endured all of the misdiagnosis, misconceptions, inappropriate medications, horrible side effects, suspicions of malingering/exaggeration, procedures, experiments, studies, heartbreaks, and disappointments which unfortunately are also memorialized on these pages.  I have been on the receiving end of unbelievable help and compassion from Drs. Kudrow, Diamond (RIP), Goadsby, Green, Cohen, Butler, and a host of others. I have also been subjected to the most egregious and reprehensible mistreatment imaginable at the hands of the most morally challenged as*holes masquerading as pseudo "medical professionals" that the VHA has to offer. Most importantly though, I am still alive and have had a satisfying life-quite different from what I was planning on Jan. 10, 1970 1LT USMC-but satisfying none the less. Since all of my medical care has been provided by military/VA, I actually have all of those years documented. Imitrex twice daily (approximately $500,000+) since it was approved saved my life, but ultimately caused two MIs on consecutive days. Silver lining: discovered asymptomatic CAD and got stents in time. Now its oxygen at 16 mL and opioids (Don't let anyone tell you that opioids don't have a legitimate place in the treatment CH-used properly they most certainly do!!!
    Moral of the story: We clusterheads are all different while at the same time we are are the same-special.  We have a wealth of knowledge and experience which we are obviously quite willing to share, discuss, and even argue about.
    Wish you great success.
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    CHfather got a reaction from Brain on fire in Risk / Dangers of Oxygen?   
    It's not uncommon that a PA is more helpful than the doc.  This is the original O2 study, fully consistent with medical research standards: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/185035  It wouldn't hurt to print it out and bring it with you. There is also some more recent research, less rigorous, showing that higher flows are better.  All doctors and PAs have some kind of app that gives them core information about a condition. They will all show that oxygen is the #1 abortive (usually triptans are also #1).  A commonly used app is UpToDate. You can ask the PA to look up CH.  An O2 prescription should read something like this (write it down and bring it with you, because a lot of med professionals don't know how to write it): "Oxygen therapy for Cluster Headache: 12-15lpm up to 15 minutes with non-rebreather mask."  There are abbreviations in there when it's formally written, but that's the content.
    You might also look here for a little more info about the other pharma things you might want. https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/ The linked-to article under the heading Pharma is clear and helpful (and also states that O2 is the #1 abortive -- I guess maybe you'd want to print that and bring it with you, too).
    So, sometime people have a CH "lookalike" that is most commonly some form of hemicrania.  You can look that up -- hemicrania continua, paroxysmal hemicrania, any of them.  As BOF says, oxygen is generally not effective against hemicranias.  There is, however, a pharma drug, Indomethacin, that is effective.  Some medical writers have said that if there's any doubt about whether a patient has CH or a hemicrania, they should do a course of Indo at the beginning of treatment.  (Indo is very hard on the gut, for most people.)
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    CHfather reacted to jon019 in Risk / Dangers of Oxygen?   
    .....for me the scariest thing a doctor can say is "I dunno", and that's certainly what I'm getting now......
    au contraire mon frere.....the scariest is "we gotta stop dickin' around with this!"....actual quote to me, and it wasn't about CH. gimme a doc who knows his/her limits any day over some version of "I'm God...lissen up!". Now then, what ya wanna hear next is : 'but we're gonna figure it out".....find ona them.....
    My immediate goal is to get O2 as fast as I possibly can.  More questions will come soon I'm sure...
    ...and we await a report on the first time an O2 abort drains away the pain like water...and it will.....and you find yourself in tears of gratitude, relief, and God knows what other feelings.....cuz we have been there............
    best
    jonathan (3 decade O2 huffer.....)
    P.S. welcome to the board!
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    CHfather reacted to Brain on fire in Risk / Dangers of Oxygen?   
    Wow! My oxygen Rx 20lpm STAT with non-rebreather mask 20mins as needed for cluster headaches. My primary care doc rocks! If says 'I don't know." I sit in room with while it gets looks up it. If not satisfied with what is found online "I'm going to makes some calls, be right back." Not once have I left that office without answers. No PAs, no nurse practioners just the nurse for vitals & I always see my doc. 1st appointment, spent 2 hours with me listening. That is the beauty of a small practice & a darned good doc!
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    CHfather reacted to MoxieGirl in Freud   
    I just offered to help someone in the same way the Freud helped me awhile back. Made me think of him, and I hope he's doing OK and will be back soon. My heart goes out to you Freud. Hang in there, you have friends that care.
     
    xx Mox
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    CHfather reacted to Brain on fire in Freud   
    Freud has assisted so many on a 1 to 1 basis on this forum. He is an inspiration for other's to do the same. Just as he inspired you Mox.
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    CHfather reacted to Freuds mom in Freud   
    Sorry if I didn’t reply to all the prayers & good wishes sent to Brian. He appreciates them and is making progress. He misses everyone and should be back real soon. 
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    CHfather reacted to JJinNJ in Freud   
    Yes BOF!  Freud...My fellow Jerseyite, Get well soon! He helped me quite a bit on an individual basis when the beast first came knocking.
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    CHfather got a reaction from Brain on fire in Risk / Dangers of Oxygen?   
    It's not uncommon that a PA is more helpful than the doc.  This is the original O2 study, fully consistent with medical research standards: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/185035  It wouldn't hurt to print it out and bring it with you. There is also some more recent research, less rigorous, showing that higher flows are better.  All doctors and PAs have some kind of app that gives them core information about a condition. They will all show that oxygen is the #1 abortive (usually triptans are also #1).  A commonly used app is UpToDate. You can ask the PA to look up CH.  An O2 prescription should read something like this (write it down and bring it with you, because a lot of med professionals don't know how to write it): "Oxygen therapy for Cluster Headache: 12-15lpm up to 15 minutes with non-rebreather mask."  There are abbreviations in there when it's formally written, but that's the content.
    You might also look here for a little more info about the other pharma things you might want. https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/ The linked-to article under the heading Pharma is clear and helpful (and also states that O2 is the #1 abortive -- I guess maybe you'd want to print that and bring it with you, too).
    So, sometime people have a CH "lookalike" that is most commonly some form of hemicrania.  You can look that up -- hemicrania continua, paroxysmal hemicrania, any of them.  As BOF says, oxygen is generally not effective against hemicranias.  There is, however, a pharma drug, Indomethacin, that is effective.  Some medical writers have said that if there's any doubt about whether a patient has CH or a hemicrania, they should do a course of Indo at the beginning of treatment.  (Indo is very hard on the gut, for most people.)
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