Source: Created by cluster headache patient, Bob Kipple.

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

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


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