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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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Hoolio's CH attack diary

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Thursday 28 August, 2008: 10.30pm - 11pm


Felt a real corker coming on, dropped everything and hit the O2 bottle. Used an ice pack and once again it really did the trick. Slept sitting upright for a few hours just incase, then lay down normally and slept the night through.

Wednesday 27 August, 2008: 3am - 8.30am


Was sick, had some sort of flu. Went to bed early, woke up a few times through out the night needing O2. WOke up at 8am with a shocker, used an ice pack and O2 until it subsided, then almost passed out from relief.

Tuesday 26 August, 2008: 3am - 3.30azm


Had 20 minutes of 02 before i went ot bed, woke up with CH, used o2 for half an hour, went back to sleep.

Monday 25 August, 2008: 2am - 4am


Woke up with CH, took O2, went back to sleep, woke agin a few hours later with CH, more 02, spent the rest of the night sleeping upright.

Saturday 23 August, 2008: 1.30 - 6.30


Woke up with CH, had 02, went to sleep, woke again, more O2, went to sleep, woke again, more O2, slept upright.

Had constant 2 all day and was light sensitive, later i went to a minimalist electronica gig and closed my eyes while i listened to some very beautiful, very engaging music. Concert finished and i felt fine.

Thursday 21 August, 2008: 1am - 2am


Still woozy from yesterdays attack, ordered O2 and can not wait for it to arrive. Still a ittle bit nausous but better than yesterday.

Wednesday 20 August, 2008: 4am - 1pm


Terrible. I've been having shadows for a little while now, on this partiulcar day i woke up to a major CH that made me throw up. I used to do that when i was bit younger and it suprised me that i did it again now. Had no O2 so took nerofen and black coffee and lots of it. First proper attack in months, it was like seeing an old friend that you hate.