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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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Henry's CH attack diary

Henry's Profile

Thursday 06 August, 2009: 6.00am - 11.30pm


Headed to work and noticed I couldnt crink my neck which for me is a sure sign of the onset. Also my right front teeth became numb and I could feel in the background the needle pushing its way through. Had a busy physical day on the tools and got a couple of good whiffs of Dulux Weathershield which made me stand back and notice that I was getting a cluster. By the time I got home I told my wife that it was coming on and my eye was drooping red and I knew I was in for trouble. I had a shower and went to bed at 6.00pm and woke up with a full blown attack all daggers blazing. It was absolutely horrendous. I couldnt stay still, I was in and out of the toilet nauseous and at the point of collapse many times. I finally did collapse into bed at ll.30pm from shear exhaustion. I woke at 5.30am and managed to sit up and crink my neck and I knew the worst was over for the moment. Today at work I have had a dull level 2.