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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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Costanza's CH attack diary

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Wednesday 15 August, 2007: 20:20 - 01:00


Another one of thos annoying ones, I was able to just go to bed and ride it out. I may have actually fallen asleep before it had finished, as I woke up at 1:30 with it still mildy present.

Sunday 12 August, 2007: 06:30 - 10:30


Lasted quite a while, but thankfully didn't move into extreme pain. Really anoying these ones, just painful enough to not be able to do anything.

Thursday 09 August, 2007: 00:03 - 04:49


Was pretty bad for the first two hours then scaled back a bit, but lasted much, much longer making for a pretty ordinary night all round.

Had Red about people using Red Bull (for the Taurine) as an abortive. Didn't work for me this time it seems.

Tuesday 07 August, 2007: 7:15 - 8:15


Short, mild one, which is nice after the previous one. I used one of my crazy tricks of tying two handkerchiefs together with a big knot, then applying the knot right over the headache spot and tieing them tightly around my head. A lot of pressue, sore head now, but short, mild headace. Who knows if the 'solution' had anything to do with it.

Sunday 05 August, 2007: 8:30 - 12:00


Wow, that was a tough one. When it starts heading towards that three hour mark your really start hitting the feeling that it will never end. Even the taper off was slower that usual, the pain became just livable, but it just meant i felt it was never going to go.