Gaaah, this isn’t looking good

Cluster headache struck like lightning early this morning. At a really bad time, too: I was trying to write a paper that’s due in two and a half hours. I took a Tramadol pill, but within half an hour I was screaming. (I am alone, thank goodness.) I took another. The pain lessened somewhat but was still very much a presence. I threw caution to the wind and took a third pill. I think that’s as good as it’s going to get. 150 milligrams of Tramadol and my headache is still there. I’ll probably have to take more in four to six hours when the first three wear off.

7 thoughts on “Gaaah, this isn’t looking good

  1. Princess Shantae October 28, 2010 / 9:19 am

    Again be very careful with Tramadol b/c if you get too much in you you will be throwing up so much you’ll forget all about your headaches.

  2. Justin October 28, 2010 / 9:48 am

    Meaghan, the effects of taking too much medication can hit you all at once. BE CAREFUL. I don’t want to read about your obit.

  3. Wendy October 28, 2010 / 9:51 am

    Poor Meaghan! I hope you feel better soon.

  4. Elena October 28, 2010 / 11:43 am

    Dear Meaghan,
    I just spoke with someone about my severe headaches, he said some people are helped by medical grade oxygen. If anyone you know has an oxygen tank, ask if you can breath from it for a few minutes. Next time my headache hits, I am borrowing a tank from my grandmother.
    He also said that LSD and hallucinogenic mushrooms help for cluster headaches, and that many sufferers grow them in their homes (illegally, of course, because those are illegal drugs). I have never tried anything like this, and probably not going to. This person’s company is working on a pharmaceutical that closely resembles LSD molecule but does not have any hallucinogenic effects, although it is going to be years until it hits the clinic, provided it is approved by the FDA.
    Also, have you been checked for an aneurysm in your brain? It can give severe headaches, and then burst. It is hereditary in my family, so I am going to check it out.
    Please feel better soon, lots and lots of people are rooting for you.
    L.

    • Meaghan October 28, 2010 / 1:47 pm

      On House (the tv show) they once gave a kid magic mushrooms to treat his cluster headaches. I would have no idea where to get them, though, even if I wanted to try them. No access to oxygen either. 😦

      The doctor wants a CT scan, which I have yet to schedule, but I don’t think the scan will show anything out of the ordinary. My only symptom is pain. If I had something like a brain tumor or an aneurysm, I ought to be having other problems like seizures, vision problems, confusion, balance problems, etc.

    • Justin October 28, 2010 / 3:50 pm

      I remember when I was in the USCG and stationed at the small boat station in Charleston, SC that the high-mix oxygen bottles that were used to help revive drowning victims had to be locked away because the base personal were using them to help with their hangovers.

  5. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. October 28, 2010 / 1:43 pm

    Sources close to J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart., confirmed that he indeed suffered no headaches during his youthful years of experimentation with LSD and psilocybin. Scrambles-Ashmole himself declined comment.

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