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    Just Saying Hello

    Hello Everyone it has been sometime since I was on and just wanted to check in. I began episodic clusters in the Spring of 2003 at age 41, no-one in my family had ever experienced these before and it was a painful beginning. My headaches reappear every 2 years right on time in March or April and last until July or August. In 2013 they threw me a curve ball and started on December 27th right after Christmas. Before this episode in 2013, I dealt with them using Prednisone and Triptans it was rough. I finally went to a Neurologist in January 2013 and was placed on Verapamil, 2 weeks after going on 80mg 3 times a day I broke my cycle. Now its September 2015 and on Saturday19th, I started feeling that twinge in my nose, what appeared to be a sinus headache every night and very very light pain around my eye and gums on the left side (it always comes on the left side) it was like pressure. I knew immediately what it was and also knew that 3 or 4 days later the cycle would begin. Learning over the years and the last time especially, I broke into my stash of Verapamil and started taking 2 tablets every day. At this point it is very under control, no headaches and I get to sleep at night . I still get the drainage and the twinge feeling on the left side of my nose but no headaches or pain. I see my Neurologist tomorrow and get a new prescription for meds. At the beginning this was very hard on my family and my job, now to me its just like having the flu or something, still feel a little drained but can function. All of you new Cluster Heads, don't let this get you down and read all of the great posts on here of experiences and what meds work for certain people and which ones don't.