Source: Created by cluster headache patient, Bob Kipple.

The KIP Scale was created specifically to describe the pain of a cluster headache attack.

0No pain, life is beautiful
1Very minor, shadows come and go. Life is still beautiful
2More persitent shadows
3Shadows are getting constant but can deal with it
4Starting to get bad, want to be left alone
5Still not a “pacer” but need space
6Wake up grumbling, curse a bit, but can get back to sleep without “dancing”
7Wake up, sleep not an option, take the beast for a walk and finally fall into bed exhausted
8Time to scream, yell, curse, head bang, rock, whatever works
9The “Why me?” syndrome starts to set in
10Major pain, screaming, head banging, ER trip, depressed, suicidal.


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