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    Successful reduction of headaches with diet update

    No real cheat days to speak of. I did the diet modification to impact my Rheumatoid Arthritis, which it did, I no longer require medication (plaquenil / methotrexate). I'm thankfully only getting two cycles / year, so I don't have a large CH dietary pool of data to pull from. It sounds like you could really nail down your triggers with a Whole 30-type approach to your diet, slowly adding items back in, evaluating their impact - if you were so inclined. For me (and the family), it's no longer a "diet" - it's simply how we live/eat and we couldn't feel better! Although, I fear we're a couple Netflix documentaries away from becoming vegan, ha! I'd be interested to see how your trial and error evolves, please keep us posted.
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    Successful reduction of headaches with diet update

    I've been on a strict Paleo diet for the last 7 months (which it sounds similar to what you did) and it has worked wonders for everything but clusters. My Spring episode just started, womp woommmp!
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    Electronic Aspirin

  4. I'll be hitting the road next week for spring break with the family. Staying 2 nights in a hotel a couple hundred miles from home. I have an M60 oxygen tank. Are there any best practices to follow when it comes to driving with an O2 cylinder in a personal vehicle? If it's relevant, we'll be in a large SUV. Safety is my primary concern. Thanks!
  5. https://www.specialtypharmacytimes.com/news/galcanezumab-receives-fda-priority-review-for-episodic-cluster-headache
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    Glad it found a good home!
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    2019 Patient Conference

    Registration complete!! Hope to see y'all there!
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    Hello - First timer

    I'm starting to pick up on this pattern as well. I'm typically feeling good in the morning, start working and maintain focus but as the day goes on, I can feel the fog building and by the end of a work day, the foggy shadows are much more dense and will be with me for the remainder of the evening.
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    Pre Episode symptoms: do you have them?

    Yup! The wife asked me how I was doing yesterday, this was my exact reply.
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    Pre Episode symptoms: do you have them?

    I'm on Verapamil which keeps the beast "managed", but the "pre-symptoms" you've described are persistent. It's such a weird feeling, going from perfectly fine to riding the peaks & valleys of depression and irritability. I'm coming up on my 1 year CH anniversary (episodic Mar/Sept), so I'm still learning, but I'm on board with what Dan describes. I'm open to suggestions, but there's not much I do to deal with them, other than make sure my wife knows what I'm experiencing. I think just talking about these things with your significant other can make those peaks and valleys less daunting. Best of luck to both of you.
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    I'm having a lot of tinnitus with this latest cycle. I should add that sound is a trigger for me. Taking this a little further, not just single sounds which can trigger an attack (think ambulance siren or a very high pitched tone), but it's more so with multiple, simultaneous sounds, like being in a scenario with several conversations going on, kids playing, TV on, dog barking outside. My guess is that it's sensory overload, which brings in my friend "anxiety" and so on and so forth.
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    Congress is Useless - Paid Political Hacks

    5:18PM and 10:18 PM Me too...
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    Pain / Symptom Tracking Apps

    Has anyone found a reliable app to track pain / symptoms related to CH? There's a ton of these apps out there, but I've found they're often bloated with irrelevant features or just kinda work for CH.
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    Pain / Symptom Tracking Apps

    Thanks CHF - This is pretty darn close to what I was looking for.
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    Pain / Symptom Tracking Apps

    Yeah - I've already started to create my own crude tracking system using IFTTT + Google Spreadsheets.
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    I'm in!

    A brief update here: The Research Center touched base with me for the first time since I initially took part in the study. They asked to speak with my parents about behaviors I exhibited as a child. I found that interesting. Edit: Yes, my Mother obliged and is now actually going to take part in the study as well. She's suffered from headache disorders for quite a while as well.
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    I'm in!

    I spoke with Dr. Burish with the Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation and will be meeting with him tomorrow to participate in his study. Very excited!
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    Oxygen concentrators?

    My setup is an M tank, with a non-rebreather mask and a 15 LPM regulator. I'm currently experiencing foggy shadows that are becoming more "dense" (uncomfortable) as the days go on. I use the hyperventilative method anywhere between 5-10 mins. The fog will clear, but for only maybe 15 mins before it settles back in. Has anyone used a concentrator+canula in addition to their regular O2 to help supplement or prolong the benefits achieved after hitting the regular O2? Now these are shadows I'm trying to address, not sure if all of the O2 aborting protocols apply to shadows as well as attacks. Thanks, DM
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    Fog = Shadows?

    I’ve been having some low level headaches, nothing really crazy or even that painful, but there’s this lingering “fog” that is more bothersome than anything and concentration has been a bit challenging. I have no issues with my high-level headache indicators, sleep, hydration and hunger – all A-OK. I haven’t consumed caffeine or energy drinks to specifically address CH before, so I figured I’d see if it would affect the fog. So I grabbed a bottle of cold brew coffee, took several large gulps and after about 10 mins, success! The fog cleared up. I’m about a month away from my 1 year CH anniversary and of course my fearful/over-analytical mind wants to attribute these latest developments to something other than CH, but my gut is telling me the beast is stirring and the fog = shadows...? Always go with your gut. Well, I don’t want to.
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    Fog = Shadows?

    I always thought the O2 was supposed to be used for the bad attacks, but sure enough, cleared up the fog like a warm sunrise. Thank you. And Thanks all for your feedback. Now when I hear hoofs, I'll think O2.
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    Aimovig, new CGRP inhibitor

    That's awesome news!
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    Some of your questions answered here...

    Quite interesting, thank you
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    How was your weekend?

    I can empathize. My kids were 3 & 4 when I came into my first cycle (last year). I quickly learned that sound was one of my triggers and with kids just being kids, they can be, well, loud. Tore me up inside to realize the sound of my kiddos playing brought me pain. In certain situations, I would have to quickly cover my ears with my hands to dampen the "sonic invasion." Evidently, I had done this behavior enough times that my 3 year old son picked up on it and would start to cover his ears with his hands, simply wanting to be like his Daddy. Since they're a little older now, my wife and I are going to gradually begin educating them about my clustered situation. Hang in there man!
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    How was your weekend?

    Very well-said! I'm "counting down" to the same time period and it's good to read reminders like this. Thank you!