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.|