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  1. Hi Everyone, I've suffered from all types of headaches for a long time. I'm currently being treated for migraines. However, my headaches often present significant cluster symptoms. My doctors and I are having a hard time diagnosing the type of headaches I'm having and subsequently, how to treat them. I'm already on depakote for my bi-polar II. It doesn't have an effect. I've taken lithium and topiramate for my mental health and those also did not have an effect. I take treximet (sumatriptan and naproxen) as an abortive, and it usually works, but the side effects are miserable. ANY help, feedback, support, questions, or even if you have similar symptoms, would help sooooo much. Also, I don't know if it matters, but I'm a female and 29. These headaches started when I was 19 and have gotten worst since I've aged. I was diagnosed with MDD at 23, and then BPII at 28, but my medications don't seem to affect my headaches. Cluster headache symptoms -Headaches are seasonal and I will typically get 3-5 a week for a 1-2 month period every fall and spring. -During a headache period, headache will occur at the same time every day. Usually in the late afternoon or early morning (4:00 / 5:00 AM). -My left eye (same eye I experience pain) will water to the point that people think I'm crying. -Brutal, excruciating, stabbing pain behind left eye -Nose congestion Migraine symptoms -Headache (stabbing sensation) begins and pain increases over hours. Headaches last for hours until treximet works or I can sleep it off. They last longer than cluster headaches are supposed to (4+ hours) -Sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells -Nausea, diarrhea -Strong desire to lay down ??? Additional random symptoms, triggers, and things that help. -Excessive sweating is a random symptom -Heat and cold help, especially wet washcloths -Sleep and fresh air also help -Alcohol, stuffy rooms, scents, seem to trigger -Muscle tension is also a problem
  2. After multiple trips to the doctor and ER for headaches and a clean CT scan, my neurologist diagnosed CH. She said that my eye swelling and pain were indicative of CH (actually, she said Horton's Syndrome). My eyes hurt 100% of the time, and the headaches come and go (2-3 times per weeks) but always leave their shadow. I haven't seen any posts where someone refers to this eye pain. I have large swellings under both eyes that are bruised, red and raw, and my eyelids are extremely swollen, but not red and raw. So, I guess I have two questions. Is this eye condition related to CH? And, if so, has anyone found something to relieve the pain? Thank you in advance. It is so nice to have a place to go to ask my questions. Angie
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