~40 minute, K7 attack, starting at 06:10. I’m really glad I managed to fall back asleep. I’m already running on fumes, so every bit of sleep helps. It’s time for this cluster to move along.
~40 minute, K8 attack, starting at 06:50.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) is as useless as expected. It only works after 30-60 minutes after which my attack is already over.
Every time I’ve had a few pain free days that end in an attack I feel like I fell off the wagon. Today is day one of my sobriety.
Woke up this morning at 06:50 for a 40 minute K7 attack. This breaks my three day pain free streak. :(
A little update. I got a little angry at my doctor. I was telling her I wanted to talk medication. She asked me what I used, I told her Verapamil as a prophylactic, and I used to use sumatriptan nasal spray as an abortive. I told her the nasal spray didn’t work fast enough because it would only take effect after 15+ minutes. She then suggested giving me a rizatriptan called Maxalt. That’s medication often given for migraines, which made me suspicious, because they tend to take a while to work. When she said I had to take it orally, my suspicion was complete so I straight out asked her how long it would take to kick in. She said 30 minutes. I told her that simply wouldn’t do, that I wanted a pen-injector, or O2. (Reading up on rizatriptan later, I read that the peak of its effectiveness was after two hours!) She said O2 could only be administered after having talked to a neurologist. So back to the neurologist I go.
The upside to this frustrating turn of events is that the neurologist she recommended happens to be a specialist in the field of headaches, migraines and cluster headaches, so I’m hoping things will go well. Of course, him being the penultimate dude in the history of dudes, I could only get an appointment in May, at which point my episode will probably be over. (At least, I fucking hope it will be.)