Last year I had a considerable amount of time off work - around 25 days. I was a probationer and, luckily, my head was very sympathetic. I was diagnosed as suffering from 'cluster head aches', my pill was changed and I was given amitriptyline (sp) to take if I felt a headache coming on in the evening but nothing to combat the day time ones. Things seemed to improve for a while but recently the sore heads have come back. It isn't just an annoying pain that I can ignore - it's a hideous, head exploding, eyes burning, brain rattling type pain that slows my reactions and genuiney slows me down. I struggled through school last week, gradually getting worse. Tablets every night and now it's here again. On Friday, my PT begged me to go back to the doctor and said that they should be looking for a route cause - not just be happy with a chemical quick fix that simply masks the pain. My question is - how do I make the doctor listen? Last time I went, she was trying to tell me it was stress. Yes, I have a stressful job but that does not automatically mean I am stressed! Plus, these headaches don't just appear in term time. They like to mess with the holidays too. I want to know what is causing the blinking things, not be taking drugs for the rest of my life!