Cluster’s Last Stand

American history buffs will appreciate my word play there — Custard/Cluster. The truth is though, I’ve been fighting a demon pain in my eye and temple for weeks. And it’s felt like a Civil War battle, bayonets and minute men and all. All playing out in and around my eye and temple. However, this time around it feels as if the North is losing.

Right. I’m lost in The Patriot with Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger. Let’s get this puppy back on track…

Cluster, if you haven’t guessed, refers to cluster headaches; or, more precisely, ‘OMG THIS IS KILLING ME’ headache. That’s putting it mildly and in P.G. language. I want to keep this blog safe for work and teenagers. 

Cluster headaches are identified as being “one-sided” and, notes Medline Plus:

“may involve tearing of the eyes and a stuffy nose. Attacks occur regularly for 1 week to 1 year, separated by long pain-free periods that last at least 1 month, possibly longer.”

They are miserable buggers. And I’ve had basilar artery migraines, so I. know what I’m talking about! The sudden sharp pain focused by the seemingly endless throbbing is mind numbing. And nothing nothing I’ve taken or done — even ice and Vicodin! — don’t ease the pain. 



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