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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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Joshwa's CH attack diary

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Thursday 12 May, 2016: 05:00am - 06:20am


I had one Imigran 50mg tablet and a couple of Panadol. The pain eventually subsided. This is the first time I have experienced a cluster headache at this time of the morning. Usually they hit me at around 11PM or 1AM. Once they have passed I can usually get to sleep. This morning's attack meant I did not get the chance to sleep after it and I was very slow a groggy at work this morning. Given the change in the time of the attack, I will now carry some Imigran tablets with me where ever I go now for fear a CH may strike at any time.