Doc's Cluster Headache Journal

Monday, January 20, 2003

January 20, 2003 :: 9 p.m.

9 p.m.-ish. Getting bad.

He wondered why getting in the tub made it feel not necessarily better, but it maybe stops throbbing or something. I theorized that maybe that's because the hot water draws blood to the surface of the skin and thus away from the head.

Lasted maybe 30 minutes or so. Not too bad or too long.

AXERT (tryptan) -- few side effects
EMERGE & FROVA -- same company as Imitrex -- long lasting tryptans

O2
PREDNISONE (steroid/cortisone)

Going to try: 1) 12-day course of Prednisone as a cycle breaker
2) O2 as an attack abortive (if available)
3) Axert pills as an abortive
4) Frova as a long-term preventative

Dr. Stuart Black -- runs headache clinic in Dallas. Apparently he's not "Mr. Personality" but is good.

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