Monday, February 8, 2010

Pain, pain go away; come again no other day.

This is from the website:

What is Cluster Headache (CH)?
CH is a rare neurological disorder, affecting approximately 0.1% of the population, which causes excruciatingly severe pain on one side of the head, usually centered around the eye. The pain is often described as boring, burning or stabbing and is often likened to someone plunging a red hot poker into the eye. The pain escalates very rapidly going from zero to debilitating in 5 to 15 minutes and stops as quickly as it starts. Attacks last between 15 minutes and 3 hours and can occur from once every other day to eight times per day, usually at the same times each day. One or more of several physical reactions accompany the pain, always on the same side as the pain. These include watery eye, runny and/or stopped up nose, red/bloodshot eye, a drooping eyelid, forehead and facial sweating and irritability. Unlike with a migraine, a sufferer usually cannot lay down during an attack. Instead, he or she will usually pace the floor, sit rocking back and forth, bang their head on the floor or wall, curse, scream and cry from the pain.

I have a variation that has allowed me some freedom from the severe excruciating pain, but I have chronic CH. I basically have a headache 100% of the time with varying points of my day where the pain reaches a point where I can't sit still and want to scream. Some days are better than others, some are worse. I have had them for almost 3 years now. A paternal aunt had them in her early twenties and again during menopause (I have something awesome to look forward too besides the obvious now).

They're getting better. They don't control every minute of my life anymore. Praise God.