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Comment from: Chris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I get pain on one side of my entire head and the location of the pain's greatest intensity moves all over during the headache, from the hairline at the back of the neck, to the top of the head, the eye, the ear, even the teeth and jaw. They are always on the right side of the head. I often vomit when the pain is at its height. I tend to get 2 or 3 a day and with medication they last about one hour. Without medication, they last 3 to 4 hours. I find I must sit up during the headache as the pain increases when I lie down. It is not unusual for me to wake up from a headache during the night. Occasionally the pain stops completely after I vomit. The clusters tend to last about 3 or 4 weeks. The pain stops me in my tracks every time, making it impossible to do anything but hold my head while sitting in a cool dark place.

Comment from: Las Veags mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 08

My name is Mike I have had clusters for about 12 years now. They used to happen very rarely. In the last two months I get them everyday two to three times a day. The ones that wake me up every night are the most intense. The pain I can't even put in on a scale it's that bad. In fact last night was one of the worst attacks yet. It sad to say but you would almost do anything for it to stop. I take Imitrex around three times a day. This is just a very depressing way to live each day knowing at a certain each day and night I have to go through it all over again.

Comment from: KC, 25-34 (Patient) Published: July 14

I get a sharp pain that digs into my temple, eye socket, cheek bone and teeth all down the one side of my face. The sharp drilling pain comes in at different angles, but it hurts from the inside out. The ones that wake me up in the night are the worst.

Comment from: painfull, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 01

For my cluster headaches, I get swelling over my right eye, watery eyes, swelling around the eye, and a clogged right nasal passage unbearable piercing pain. I can set my watch by these attacks “ every three hours like clockwork, day in and day out.

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