PotatoHead44 Posted September 21, 2022 Share Posted September 21, 2022 Hello, a little back history: I have had cycles in 2018, 2020 and 2022. This current cycle started on the exact date as it did in 2020 and I am under the care of my general MD and a neurologist. My 2018 and 2020 cycles lasted approx. 3 weeks. They started slow, ramped up (3/4 attacks per day) and then petered down and stopped for 2 years. Prednisone didn't work, so I've only been using oral sumatriptan (we are going to try Verapamil for next cycle) and some Advil and Tylenol. This current cycle has been different. We are now in week 5. The attacks stopped at the end of week 3 (like past cycles), but now I am still getting 1 to 2 dull headaches a day that seem to linger much longer than a true 10/10 hit. I'd imagine these are what many of you refer to as "shadows." They are also like clockwork, 12 hours in between. My doctors insist the cycle is ramping down, but it just seems to be morphing and not ending. Again the pain is 2/10 vs a 10/10 for proper attack, but it's still happening. If I take half of a sumatriptan (50mg) it knocks it out, but I am so over taking meds. Has anyone experienced a pattern like this and if so do you think it's better to just take the pain or is it better to knock them out with the .5 sumatriptan? Could the suma be prolonging this cycle? Thank you in advance for your insight and much love to all of you enduring these horrid headaches. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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