IamA 39yo male with daily Chronic Cluster Headaches (suicide or alarm clock headaches) - treated by the rather amazing NHS - so AMA!
My short bio: Chronic Cluster Headaches - its like 4 or 5 migraines a day - Every Day: My Neurologist tells me it is the most pain that a person can go through. The NHS in the UK gets a lot of stick in the press across the world, BUT I've seen the good side of the NHS in action so ask me anything about my experiences with the NHS, or with this condition in general. Wiki link to the condition if you want to know more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_headache
PS: I wish they were medically called anything other than headaches - painkillers of any strength just don’t touch it!
EDIT: There is no pain like it. A lady who attends the same clinic would rather go through childbirth again than a single cluster attack. Also, medication is free in the UK, so oxygen, Imigram injections and the nerve block are all free of charge. Anyone out there who pays for healthcare please let me know what you think this would cost as an comparison, as I really have no idea but would like to know.
EDIT TWO: I am overwhelmed by the support out there -and shocked at the cost of healthcare out-with the UK. Makes you glad for the NHS, despite its faults. THANK YOU everyone!
**TLDR: My wife, work mates and the NHS are all amazing at getting me though this. **
My Proof: Sent to Admins for verification (since it is medical info)