A little background-- my "Classically MS" symptoms (foot drop, falls, dizziness, numbness, etc.) initially started in about 2008, and progressed thereafter (as progressive diseases are often want to do).
Even prior to then, however (after I'd finished school, back in about 1997), I had begun to suffer from Cluster Headaches. My frightful ride with CH continued episodically until 2012 (when my neuro was convinced that I was moving into chronic CH status). At that point, however, the CH instead went into remission, and I thanked God for the miracle of being relieved from this excruciating illness (traditional MS symptoms had already begun, but they were comparatively quite minor, and your deductively-impaired pal had not connected all of the dots yet).
In short, I had another form of episodically occurring neurological ailment, at the same time that many would have had an episodically occurring MS ailment (RRMS); then, when my CH passed, I went immediately to PPMS (much the same way that RRMS would evolve into SPMS). [I think this is pretty fascinating stuff, but it may just be me].
There are tons of trigger overlaps between the CH and RRMS, and as I learned more about my new friend MS, my mind could not help but draw back to the old CH experiences. Also, there seemed to be a number of female MS patients who were similarly burdened with fairly severe (vascular or migraine) headaches, as an early symptom of their MS.
Then I stumbled upon research pieces like these:
So, what do you folks think about all this stuff?
Do you know of any other MS folks who've had CH (I've heard mention of TN in recent posts, and that makes me wonder).
Also, how many of you had another type of unconventional headache as your first form of MS symptom?
What ever you do, please do NOT tell me to take two aspirin and post again in the morning. . .😜