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Cluster Headache Diaries

Cluster Headache Intensity Scale

  1. Slight twinge of the CH type of pain. Shadows.
  2. Normal headache type of intensity. Annoying, but life is still beautiful.
  3. Shadows are getting constant but can deal with it.
  4. Higher level of pain than normal headache. Interferes with normal life.
  5. Starting to get bad, want to be left alone to deal with it.
  6. Need to pace and move and drive your fist into your temple.
  7. Major non-stop pain, left feeling exhausted after it finally leaves.
  8. Immense paid, time to yell, bang head, rock, whatever works. Fear that it won't stop.
  9. The "Why me?" syndrome starts to set in.
  10. Screaming, head banging. Hospital trip. Depressed. Suicidal.

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Pauline's CH attack diary

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Monday 31 January, 2011: 10:00pm - 06:00pm


I thought I had gotten over CH after not having had one for 2 years and then 2 weeks ago I was hit with the "daddy of all CHs".

On the morning I had gone to work and as soon as I got there I had an episode of sweating, dizzyness, shaking and disorientation and had to leave work.
Around 5.30pm I started getting sinus pain (one of my tells when I am going to get one) and around 10.00pm the headache came. I had to get my husband to take me to Emergency around midnight to try to get some relief.
Initially I was given oxygen but this didn't help and then I had to wait around for a few hours before seeing the doctor. During this time the pain increased dramatically to a level I have never had before to the point I was acutally vomiting from the pain.
Luckily the triage nurse saw the pain and vomiting and must have gotten permission to give me a Toradol 30mg injection while waiting for the doctor. This didn't help either.
Once the doctor actually saw me, he confirmed it was CH (doh!) and then gave me 100mg of Sumatriptan. I am unsure if this actually helped as my headaches normally last for about 6-7 hours so I don't know if it was the medication or they had acutally come to an end. He at least gave me a prescription for Sumatriptan tablets so when they occur again I have something.