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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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grantw's CH attack diary

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Saturday 30 March, 2013: 09:15pm - 05:00pm


Rolling series of headaches, lasting between 20-40 minutes each, some sleep in between, varying intensity, left side.

Above period: 2 Attacks over 1 days.

-- Period of remission (92 weeks, 3 days) --

Wednesday 22 June, 2011: 12:20pm - 01:20am


Woke up, left side pain, drank some water and the pain seemed to drop off in intensity and was over pretty quickly . Thinking I may be over the worst now.

Tuesday 21 June, 2011: 12:15pm - 02:00am


Woke again to left side pain, not yet very intense so drank a large tumbler of water and breathed my way through, pain increased but I eventually got back to sleep. Shadows now.

Sunday 19 June, 2011: 08:00pm - 02:00pm


Took a cup of herbal tea, drank half and laid out in bed, not too painful but lasted a while. Weird dreams followed. Shadows all next day.

Saturday 18 June, 2011: 12:30pm - 02:00am


Woke me up, very intense left lobe pain, nausea and hot and cold shakes. Vomiting helped, laid still and eventually went away.