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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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my brain hurts's CH attack diary

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Wednesday 30 September, 2009: 11.30pm - 12.05am


last couple of days have been constant shadows,fairly heavy.asleep for about 5 mins last night and it woke me up..once again took cafergot and needed ice pack..30 mins and it was completely gone!!this is the best cycle ive ever had.(still feel like sh*t tho,and it would be great to sit and have a beer)
saw new doc today,prescribed mirtazapine??and booked me in for a sleep study.

Monday 28 September, 2009: 12.15 am - 12.45am


awoke at 12.15 from a nice sleep,reckon i was in about a 2?took cafergotand within 30 mins it was gone!yahoo!woke up feeling not too bad,but had heavy "shadow"all morning,started getting worsearound mid day..took cafergot and in no time even the shadow was gone!
i took cafergot during my last cycle and wasnt impressed,but perhaps iwas taking them too late??

Sunday 27 September, 2009: 5.15pm - 10.15pm


had hell of a night..tried a beer,big mistake..cafergot did nothing at all..4 hours of hell then 1 hour in a 5..then a headache the rest of the night...pain was so intense i vomitted a few times...sobbed and relief at all..depressed!!!

Saturday 26 September, 2009: 6.00am - 6.30am


had nothing for 2 days..then yesterday morning it woke me and i was straight into a 5..took cafergot and an ice pack,rocked to and fro and did some pain breathing(remember the technique from the wifes ante natal class)and it just stopped,like turning a light off..really hope that was the cafergot working?
nothing last night and nothing this morning????i can feel its still there,but no attack?dont know whats happening with this cycle?
mine are usually so predictable,every evening without fail.cycle starts low,builds up to the 9 and 10's thenback down again over a period of about 6 weeks.the only time i will have a clear day is towards the very end of my cycle.
this bout is also 6 months early!!perhaps this is just a rogue few days?time will tell.
oh..and ive been taking magnesium daily for the last 3 weeks???

Tuesday 22 September, 2009: 5,00 pm - 6.30 pm


been in denial for a week or so(they are not due till march)..home from work,had a beer and within 5 mins it was on me..had a couple of cafergot and an ice pack,retired to the bedroom...i hate this,im dreading next 5 weeks or so...and how it affects my wife and kids.oh well,day one!