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ThatHurtsMyHead

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  1. Exigeous,

    Correct, as Spiny mentions.  O2 toxicity is only a risk at higher pressure than sea level PPO (partial pressure of oxygen) - SCUBA Diving.  The only real risk at sea level or lower pressures is alveoli collapse in your lungs,  (Those are the sacks that transfer Oxygen to your bloodstream and extract CO2 from your blood) but that's only a risk if staying on O2 for very long periods of time.  This is due to Nitrogen washout.  Nitrogen washout in the lungs can be prevented by simply taking a breath of regular air every 20 to 30 minutes when breathing 100% O2.  That adds enough Nitrogen back to your lungs for proper function for a very long time.  

    Definitely O2 is the #1 abortive.  There's no side effects and it's much safer than ANYTHING :) the doc can give you.

    Cheers,
    J


  2. O2 doesn't need a flame to spontaneously combust with hydrocarbons.  I know lots of people do this, so I'm not knocking it.  Just wanting people to be aware they should be very careful. 

    Example:  Say a mechanic comes in with oily hands and is getting hit.. He goes for the bag and bang... He's on fire in a second.  Hydro carbons are all around us.

    Again I know lots of people do this without issue, but just wanting there to be warnings also.

    Cheers,

    J


  3. We all will do about anything when the CH monster is on our back. The only challenge I see to this method is it could be a bit dangerous if someone were to use a bag with hydrocarbons in on or around it.  100% O2 will flash burn when exposed to hydrocarbons.

    I've done some pretty risky stuff myself (and didn't even know it at the time) when my monster is in full swing.

    Cheers,

    J


  4. BOF,

    Funny, yea the food list as high in Tyramine is pretty much exactly my CH food trigger list.  It's very interesting that they included Cluster Headache in the study information:

    "Research reveals a possible link between migraine and elevated levels of tyramine. A 2007 review published in Neurological Sciences[19] presented data showing migraine and cluster headaches are characterized by an increase of circulating neurotransmitters and neuromodulators (including tyramine, octopamine and synephrine) in the hypothalamus, amygdala and dopaminergic system. Migraineurs are over-represented among those with inadequate natural monoamine oxidase, resulting in similar problems to individuals taking MAO inhibitors. Many migraine triggers are high in tyramine."

    There's a few key words that coorelate - CH, Tyramine, Hypothalamus.  Maybe someone will connect the dots some day.  

    Cheers,

    J

     

     


  5. ClusterSwarm,

    I rarely ever edit posts, but I changed the title from "Cured" to "helped".  Claiming a cure is a bit of a sore spot with Ch'ers.  Many have claimed to be cured, and rarely does the said cure work for anyone else, or it stops working for the person claiming the cure.  

    CH is a nasty condition.  It changes all the time.  When I was episodic I went 2 years between attacks (cycles) once and other times it was 1 month between cycles.  It's great that you think you're cured.  It's always good to stay positive.  Just remember that CH does just stop (or pauses) for most everyone from time to time.  It's just what it does.  No one knows why.

    Cheers,

    J


  6. manishkpratap,

    I'm also in the camp of only sometimes I get a blocked nose or sinus.  It's also always after I'm hitting a Kipp 6 or higher, never before.  So I'd suspect the sinus inflammation is a result of the attack, not cause.  I can definitely appreciate your sharing what works for you. :)  On the other hand if the blocked nose or sinus was the cause of the attack.  Wouldn't it stand to reason that anytime we get a cold, flu etc, then we'd also get attacks when we're sick with a blocked sinus or nose?  Just thinking out loud.  Again, I think it's great that you found something that works for you.

    Cheers,

    J


  7. ClusterSwarm,

    I think what you have stumbled across are trigger foods, not necessarily a cure.  It's a known fact that foods high in a chemical called Tyramine are highest on the CH trigger list.

    Alcohol, Chocolate, Fermented Cheeses (the processed stuff is ok, since it's not really cheese and not made by fermenting milk), Aged or preserved meats, etc.  All of these are high in Tyramine, as Tyramine is a byproduct of food breaking down.  Case in point:  One person might be able to eat a banana without a CH attack, but another person it's a trigger for a CH kipp 10 attack.  Why?  One person ate the banana when it was just starting to ripen (low in Tyramine).  The other ate the banana when it was fully or overripe.  The overripe banana is VERY high in Tyramine.

    Now, why Tyramine is a primary trigger has yet to be identified, but it's a fact that foods high in Tyramine are also the most common CH food triggers.

    Cheers,

    J


  8. I'm feeling some tension in some posts here.  Everyone has a bad day, week, month etc.  Let's not make personal jabs.  I see a lot of good intention on posts that are being interpreted at a different angle.  

    Back on the thread subject:

    I used a very strong mint lotion type stuff on my temples a long long long time ago.  It seemed to help some, but wow...  Don't get it too near your eyes.  :(

    J


  9. Maybe a bit of comparison on my Kipp Scale, for those that have a different interpretation:  

    I've broken my wrist before.  It was 10 at night and I didn't feel like going to the emergency room.  I decided to go to bed and go in the morning.  I went right to sleep like a baby 15 minutes after breaking it.  Slept fine got up.  Put my wrist in a tshirt sling and went to the emergency room.  My kipp level was maybe 3 out of 10.

    I've de-gloved 2 fingers on my right hand in a sailing accident.  The index and middle finger had the meat pulled right off the bone.  My middle finger bone was sticking out like a skeleton you see at Halloween.  Of course both fingernails were peeled off as well.  We were docking a large boat and my fingers got caught in a cleat.  I yelled up to the guy on the bow not to dilly dally, that he had to take me to the emergency room as soon as the boat was tied up.  I grabbed a hand towel from the galley and ran back on deck spewing blood everywhere.  I finished securing the stern and port of the boat before showing my friend what happened.  He drove me to the emergency room where they reassembled my fingers.   Oh and without any anesthetic.  I'm immune to the anesthetic they use for nerve blocks.  My peak pain through the entire event was maybe a 4.  My pain tolerance is VERY high due to my years with CH I can only assume.

    I've had 3 kidney stones.  Passed one of them.  Kipp 5 to 6.  Other two had surgery to remove and were maybe Kipp 3 tops. 

    To say my pain levels with a CH K10 are worse than an amputation without anesthetic is a no brainer.  My K10's are much worse.  Everyone is different, but pain is pain.  Support for our CH family here is what's its all about. 

    J

     


  10. The reality is everyone has a different pain level from their CH.  They also have different pain tolerances.  I'm one of the people that have attempted suicide due to my CH.  When I get a K10, it IS a K10...  I've passed kidney stones and they were a walk in the park compared to my K10 attacks.  I've beat my head on the floor till I've passed out.  

    Because some people with CH don't really get K10's doesn't mean others don't.  I wouldn't downplay any description.  Otherwise you shouldn't complain if someone just tells you to go take an aspirin when YOU have an attack.  (see the comparison?)

    I've spoken with people that can't understand why some of us use indole ring hallucinogens to treat our CH.  They've said.  "CH isn't that bad.  Just wait till the attack passes".  "Why would anyone take an illegal substance to treat their CH.  It's not that bad"...   The examples go on and on.  To those people...  I seriously question if you really have CH.  I KNOW how bad mine was before I started self treatment.  I'd never go back to that world, or I'd be outa here if I did.

    I think healthy debate is healthy.  Let's just not downplay someone else's description just because your pain isn't as bad as theirs.  You might wake up one day and find your pain IS as bad as theirs and reassess your own Kipp scale.  (I certainly hope not though).

    Cheers,

    J


  11. HazBaz,

    When in cycle I'm guaranteed an attack when I break the surface coming up.  Going down on a dive is fine.  I learned the hard way a long time ago, when my CH is around then SCUBA is off the schedule.

    J

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