Doc's Cluster Headache Journal

Tuesday, February 29, 2000

February 29, 2000 :: 12:30 a.m.

Got one at 12:30 a.m. Was helped by 10 minutes of the thumper; he could get back to sleep after a while. Said he got another at work in the afternoon, but took some Aleve and it didn't get too bad. But the rebound from the Aleve came at 10:00 p.m. He finally got in the bath at 10:30 after the Thumper proved fruitless.

It is now 11:08 p.m. and it's still going strong. The bath didn't help. He's now pacing the living room, which he hasn't done in a few cycles. CRAP!!! This one just won't go away. He is now chanting "This sucks ass" under his breath.

-- Cannot seem to locate "The Spot" a all, although general rubbing in the neck area seems to occasionally help somewhat, this whole cycle.

-- Doc says that because of hte Aleve and the Thumper, and that he's been trying to suppress them, it has tonight come back to fuckin' kick his ass.

-- His ability to imitate cartoon and rock star voices degrades when he has CH!

-- Pacing seeming to help a bit now (11:18 p.m.)

Doc mentioned how people in the Middle Ages probably would have thought he was posessed by a demon and just killed him. People who would scream and say unintelligible things and hit themselves in the head -- they weren't crazy or posessed, they just had cluster headaches! And 50 years ago he would have been lobotomized or electroshocked. Today, he just can't get his HMO to cover treatment.

-- He says the the bungee cord in his head just snapped (11:25 p.m.) and he suddenly went down a whole level of pain. It still hurts and he's still pacing, but the pressure's lessened.

-- "Throbbing Fuck Pain." Oh yeah.

-- Why doesn't he just pass out from the pain? Shouldn't his brain just shut off at a certain level of pain? Or is unconsciousness induced by trauma, and not pain alone?


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