Ann, Thanks for replying!
The pain is behind both my eyes and in both my temples, more of a constant sharp stabbing pain. It lasts for several hours. Then it'll taper down to a dull headache. The dull headache has not left since this started last month. Yes my eyes swell up & water, and my upper eyelid practically lays on my eyelashes-both eyes. When the pain starts to build, even just a little (like from a smell), my eyes start to swell. Then when the pain gets worse, so does the swelling.
If there's strong smells, loud noises, I get stressed or aggrivated, I'm on the pc or reading for more than 5-20 minutes, it starts aching again. The headache is better in the a.m., but as the day goes on it gets worse...everyday. I'm usually in bed by 7 every night.
When it reaches it's peak, it's pretty bad - I'd say 8-9. When it's over and starts to calm down I'm actually surprised I'm still here and my head didn't explode. (I have a fairfly high tollerance for pain. Had my 2nd baby with no meds. Suffered gullbladder attacks for 3-5x's wk for 8 months.)
I live in a small town and only have 2 Neuro's here. If he's not willing to try to help me, I'll start traveling for help. Oh, I went to the eye dr. yesterday and made them test everything they could. Everything was fine, they found nothing.
Hopefully I answered everything. That's all my head can take. Thanks Again.
You can actually have cluster headaches and migraines together, which becomes more like cluster migraines, if that makes sense. I suffer from these as well. These clusters (they don't know why) occur during the Dec/Jan time frame, and the May/June/July time frame. Last year I was down for the count with migraines most of the holiday season, and then most of the summer. If you can get with a neurologist who specializes in migraines, they can help taylor your treatment plan to adjust for your regular migraines as well as cluster migraines. As Ann said, most regular neurologists don't have specific information about all the different types of migraines and the different treatment options for each.
Oh...your question on using a hot tub for migraines. This can go either way. Some of the triggers of migraines are both tense muscles (particularly back, shoulder, and neck) AND overheating the body temperature. Sooo...for some people using a hot tub to relieve tense muscles works fine. For others, the rise in body temp from the hot tub is a migraine trigger, and not a good idea to do when they're already in a migraine prone state. If you don't know how you'll react, you can always try it out, and you'll know soon enough.
*blush* Thanks for clarifying. You may very well be right. I know they are migraines that follow the patterns of cluster headaches.