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Having a room mate can sometimes be worst than a migraine

Or have a cluster headache, for that matter. How bad can a headache be, even in cluster form? We'll get into that more in a moment, but for now, just know that cluster headaches are also referred to as "suicide headaches," and for exactly the terrifying reason you suspect. We spoke to five people who live every day with the fear of these headaches. Tons of people who have super-impressive initials next to their names insist that cluster headaches are the worst possible pain a human can experience.

According to Brown University, it feels like having a tiny demon poke you in the eye. That's not a weirdo throwaway description we made up. You know your disease sucks when its descriptive drawings look like death metal album covers. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Everyone we spoke to vividly remembers their worst cluster headache.

Ten-year-old Jeff's sleepover became overrun with nightmares the first time he experienced this level of having a room mate can sometimes be worst than a migraine. John recalls a pain so intense that he thought it would kill him then and there. I honestly thought something in my brain was going to break and kill me. Despite what the name suggests, these are not "headaches" as you think of them. Everyone has had headaches, and around a quarter of you have suffered from a migraine.

We don't want to downplay those -- we refer to migraines as "prom headaches" because all we can do when they hit is sit at home and cry. But just as a migraine is not the same as a headache, clusters are not the same as migraines. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Clusters rarely last more than an hour, which you might think is a mercy -- at least they're relatively short. But that also means there's no effective legal medication for them; by the time that stuff hits your bloodstream, it's already useless.

The upside is that clusters come at about the same time, for the same length of time, every time, so you'll at least know in advance when your hour in Hell is coming up.

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Maybe you should have asked for more than a Go-Gurt and some chili fries when you made that deal with the devil. They barely register other types of pain. Sheena says that stubbing their toes and getting hot oil splattered in their eye barely even registers on the pain scale anymore.

Nickolus says, "I'm typing this with a broken knuckle and finger bone on my right hand that I've been able to completely ignore, due to the fact that I'm so used to pain being the norm.

I didn't even get my hand looked at for days after it happened. The only, only thing that's been able to put me down pain-wise has been severe migraines and cluster migraines. No other pain seems.

I had some broken ribs and a concussion. I'll take getting hit by the drunk driver any day [rather] than the cluster headaches. That's the second time we've emphasized that fact, and here's why: Yes, the same kind you'd take to communicate with the Earth Mother, or maybe make you think you're a Gummi Bear for an afternoon.

It's more of a prevention strategy.

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Unfortunately, you can't get a prescription for mushrooms or LSD. On the slightly more functional end of the scale, John believes that marijuana not only helps to alleviate the pain of a cluster attack, but also eases the anxiety of the impending head-stab as well. Well hell, that seems easy enough, right? Why is this even a problem anymore if we've got such an accessible and simple form of treatment?

Because, unfortunately, "it's really hard to get a prescription for that," Tyler says. Seriously, becoming the title of a Van Damme masterpiece is a medically viable solution.

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Cluster headache patients can volunteer to have implants installed to stimulate the nerves which will block pain with the touch of a handy remote control. It looks like a Bluetooth for the wrong side of your face. Don't worry; there's only a slight chance this is Phase One of Skynet's plan.