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  1. spiny


    REM: Does anyone remember the sleep deprivation studies done in the 60's and 70's? Ok, I'm old and I do. : Without sufficient REM you get a bit nuts!!!! Some will go a LOT nuts. We need it and without it our personality tends to change. Yeah, I get hit at the start of REM. The more deprived you are of REM, the sooner it starts after falling asleep. So, the longer this $hit goes on, the quicker it hits after falling asleep!!!!!! For some, EVERY time you fall asleep. So, when in the 4 per night phase, I sleep in a 'barca-lounger' that belongs to my husband. No lying down at all. The only w
  2. All the best to 'there goes a kitty' from 'there goes a bunny'. 8-) We love her too and wish a speedy and safe recovery!!! Thanks for relaying the info! Keep us updated please.
  3. Tucker, Seems that Melatonin is on the 'not sure' list. Benadryl seems to be on the 'ok' list. I take 20mg Melatonin. If I am getting hit 3-4 hard ones, I will take another 20mg several hours after the first dose. Currently, I take 2 Benadryl at bedtime and have 2 Melatonin 10mg waiting for if I wake and need it. Hopefully you are getting the proverbial 'slapbacks'. O2, caffeine and taurine, or coffee are good safe abortives. All the best!
  4. ;D ;D That is so awesome. Nothing as wonderful as the total surprise when you wake up and it is MORNINGÂ - not 2:00am. Keep grinning and ENJOY! 8-) 8-)
  5. What Tuckerman said!!!!!! Have you tried coffee or energy drink at the start of one? Glad you got some O2! :D :D Great stuff. Get more! Sounds like you are getting there. 8-) 8-) You have a whole cheering team here. JEEZ! Tried to add a jumping smiley and they disappeared from the screen! It won't open now. So, guess ya will have to picture one!
  6. No. But I am going to tell him that since he wouldn't RX O2, I am using welding O2. Bet he squirms. Also, when I tell him that I am still in cycle, he will ask "Why didn't you call?" Ah, because last time I had to fight, via your receptionist, to get short acting Verap, not the long acting $hit!!!! And you won't see me but twice a year and it is a 3 month wait!!!! : Mine is an idiot and I know it. But, the only one within 100 miles, so stuck I am. > But, now it is OK, cause I know more than he does! Oooooh: What a red face he would get if he knew I said THAT. ;D 8-) spiny
  7. Tucker, Yes, you do want to breath hard at first. It helps focus your mind and alleviate the pain faster. I would do it for 15-20 breaths and then slow down to normal comfortable rate. Also, staying on for the same amount of time it took to stop the CH will help prevent a return of the beast in an hour. Melatonin rocks. It is cheap too. Really does help with night time hits. See, by starting your own thread, you have received a lot of support!!!! 8-) 8-) All the best and stay safe, spiny
  8. CHF is right. Diltiazem is also one of those 'let's try this since the Verap is a problem' that a Neuro will give you for CH as well. Like Verap, it lowers BP too. So in essence you were taking two meds that lower BP. I had to taper of off it 'cause you should not just stop taking either overnight. If it is one you can't eliminate, it does function like Verap and would probably have the same effects. That doesn't mean you can't use alt. meds. if you still need it. If you are in the market for a new O2 set-up, Lifegas is a good one. You need to order one with a 'barb' for the Optimask. The
  9. Tucker, Someone else will be here soon to help you with your seed questions. Sorry I was not a help there. Just got you started on the basics and how to cope in between. Hang in there!
  10. Tucker, Welcome. You came to the BEST place. You can use a plastic bag to get more O2. You put the tube in and tape around it for a seal. Then tape the mask to another hole. Seal the original opening. Let the bag fill up partially, like a good bit. Then breath from your mask. You will be drawing from the large bag, not the tubing, so you can get a higher flow that way. If you don't have tubing you can tape to the threads. I would not use a 'scented' one, but a tall kitchen bag would work. Just seal all the openings so you don't lose your O2. Beats 8LPM. Breathing: Breath in deeply and ex
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    If you want to be real, tell them you torch weld and use Acetylene and O2. It's just a hobby. Or, a buddy is teaching you and you will be the 'gofer' for a while. Since you would be a novice, ask THEM questions! Tell them you know enough to turn on the Acetylene first, but the rest is a work in progress. Beyond that, make it up. 8-) You could add that you are having to buy the O2 to get the lessons! You don't tell them it is for you to use to breathe!!!!! On my third re-fill, I told my guy that it was for me and my dr. was an idiot. Seems that a lot of people have dealt with idiot dr's and
  12. Arde, Good one! ;D I have one: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â An Irishman walks past a bar. : spiny who is part Irish 8-)
  13. Ting, You would have passed the test for hyperactive! 8-) 8-) Anyway, that is why Ritalin and such calm and help focus a child who truly have ADD or ADHD. It is a reverse reaction due to their chemical/physical makeup. Now, you are grown and can enjoy that boundless energy! Crossfit??? Besides, it helps you keep up with your beautiful daughter. 8-)
  14. Ting, Back in the 70's benadryl was given as a test for 'hyperactivity'. This is before ADD and ADHD were on the radar for most of us. If you gave benadryl to a child who was Hyperactive, he would bounce off the walls for several hours. A child who the parents 'thought' was hyper, but was not, would go to sleep. Some parents were very disappointed that they had 'normal' kids who just needed better discipline. : This was supposedly due to the imbalances in the hyperactive childs' system. I knew 2 kids who were diagnosed this way when they were given benadryl for allergies. They then staye
  15. Mrsg, Can you use coffee or an energy drink for the shadows? Are you taking Melatonin at night? It helps a lot of folks. Some take 20mg or perhaps more. I take 20mg either at bedtime or when I get up with our least favorite visitor during the night. I hit the O2 and then the Melatonin. All the best, spiny
  16. Keep plugging away Mrsg. 8-) I know it is hard and dis-heartening right now, but brighter days are ahead. It is the waiting that really sucks, I know. > All the best to you! This hell is hell, but it can end well and a good life awaits you. Take care of yourself. spiny
  17. Purple, I am sorry that I offended you. :-[ spiny
  18. 404 I don't think they get less, but perhaps they get fewer 'random' hits. Mine go by the clock normally. But, when I start to get those 'odd' ones, it is a sure sign the weather is changing and barometric dropping. Rising pressure does not cause a problem. When ucky weather is moving in (gonna rain, etc.) the baro goes down and my CH goes into overdrive. I have been watching this for over a year now when I am active with CH. Front came thru yesterday and I paid for it. Hit at 1:00, 4:30, 8:30, 9:30, and 12:30. Baro is up today and I only had one at 4:30 with shadows all day. I think the
  19. Purple, That's the Auburn. It shows in the sun and under some lights. At other times, you don't see it unless you spend a lot of time outdoors and then it really gets lighter and redder. Other articles I have read in the past say that redheads have higher pain threshold. How a mutant could cause this I don't know. But the study was based on women during labor and delivery. How is it that you need more anesthetic, so that means you have a lower tolerance for pain? Either you are out or you are not. I do know that every time I have been put out for surgery, I wake up immediately after. I h
  20. Bob, That's what I have heard from my Neuro. We have had a mild winter, but killer, almost constant barometric changes. I can almost tell someone when the pressure starts to drop, cause CH kicks in. Time has nothing to do with it. I will get a random hit when that little arrow points 'down' on my weather station. So, if the barometer drops, would that mean that the pressure in your noggin is too high relative to the ambient pressure? Does this set the random's into motion? I do think so, as I will get a random when moving to higher altitudes with lower pressure. Evidently I am not the
  21. Yepper. Add that congestion to the CH and off to hell we go. > Steam helps me. Try a hot shower if ya like showers. Otherwise, a hot, wet washcloth wrapped around rice in a sock nuked for 2 minutes helps loosen it up. Often wake to find a wet rice pack loose in the bed. The dragon will return tho. Benadryl also seems to help.
  22. bejeeber: 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) We don't even need a 'sturdy' table! Does anyone else realize that 'SweetWilliam' is a FLOWER??? :
  23. Auburn here. Guess that means I am an episodic redhead! ;D ;D
  24. I have been in my longest cycle. It peaked at Christmas/New Years. While it is better now, it isn't gone. I have never had such aggravation and pain and lost life for so long. This time a year ago, I was fine. Mostly PF for a year. Then, the Dilitazam stopped working. I had de-tox for two weeks before going back to Verap. That started the hell. Sept 15th, I realized I was in full cycle even though back on the Verap. The bitch hasn't left since. But, she has lost a lot of power. :) For that I am extremely grateful.
  25. Thanks. Personally, if I have to put one more scoop of something into one more glass of something, I will puke. : Other Bean Poles here are likely sucking down all the Whey Powder they can as well. Not mention all the vitamins taken everyday...... Hell, I can't even get the office chair to drop down when I pull the dang lever anymore!!!! :-[
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