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Maiken Hejnfelt


Traditional Art

When I was 15 years old I experienced my first real Cluster Headache.

Though, at that time and for many years to come I did not know why I got these attacks or what it was.

My parents of course were very worried but none of the doctors that we visited could tell what I was suffering from or why. I went through many different examinations of my head and my heart but the only answer I got was that I did not suffer from anything.
When I turned 18 my doctor told me that I probably suffered from migraines though my attacks were a little different from the migraine attacks he had treated so far.
When I was 24 I got married and at the age of 26 and 28 I had 2 sons. Up till my first birth I suffered almost daily from headaches. Between my first and second child I had no attacks at all. But with the birth of my second child my attacks came back and became more intense and severe than they had been before.
Still I had no diagnosis other than migraine.

When my second child was around 6 years old I had a headache attack building up one day when I picked him up from school. One of the teachers told me about a kind of headache that could be cured with oxygen. I listened very carefully to what she described to me and made an appointment with my doctor.
He sent me to a specialist who told me about Cluster Headaches. He was sure that I suffered from this disease and gave me instructions in how I could handle the attacks and he gave me Verapamil to be taken daily and Imigran (Sumatriptan) injections for the immediate cure.
I was relieved…. I thought that I was able to keep up me career (accounting) but as it turned out I was forced to retire from my working life when I turned 35.
From that day on and up until now (I am 51 – 2011) I have suffered from these attacks daily more than once a day. In late summer 2010 I got help from the leading Danish professor in Horton’s Headaches or Cluster Headaches. She managed to help me to a pause from my constant attacks.
For 5 months now I have not had a single attack up until a few days ago.
From now on I will be treated by this professor and I am grateful for whatever she can do for me.

Though, my disease has forced me to retire from me originally career, I have managed to build up my own company making fine art.
I paint many different kinds of paintings for many purposes today.
You are always welcome to visit my website or write to me at Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. E' necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. if you might have any questions regarding my cluster headaches or my art.
Thank you for letting me tell my story here at this site.

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