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Just how painful is CH compared to childbirth? (Read 374 times)
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Just how painful is CH compared to childbirth?
Jul 25th, 2019 at 2:39am
 
61st Annual Scientific Meeting American Headache Society
July 11 ‐14 2019 Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, PA

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Cluster Headache Is One of the Most Painful Human Conditions: Epidemiology of Cluster Headache and Probable Cluster Headache from a Large International Sample

Search for "P47" and you'll read of an interesting report on just how painful CH is, based on a medical survey of almost 3000 people with CH.

Read the full article online using the link above, but the key part is:

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A total of 97% (1563/1604) had never experienced anything more painful than a cluster attack, with an average intensity of 9.7±0.6 on a 1‐10 scale compared to the next highest pains of childbirth (7.2±2, n=308), pancreatitis (7.0±1.5, n=30), and kidney stone (6.9±1.9, n=239).


That is quite a significant difference between CH and childbirth.
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Re: Just how painful is CH compared to childbirth?
Reply #1 - Jul 26th, 2019 at 12:41am
 
Defining pain and trying to equate the pain levels of various conditions must be terrifically difficult because people can only relate to the worst pain they've experienced personally.

Many of our ladies here have commented that the worst childbirth is around a Kip4 but then they're only having a few babies in a lifetime rather than going through it every day,  twice a day for months and months on end,  so the cumulative effect of pain must also be considered.

(When people say to me that childbirth is the most painful condition known to mankind I suggest there are things much worse but if that's the most pain they've ever experienced then I'm thrilled to hear it and hope it never changes.)

When it comes to quantifying pain I think our Kip Scale is really very good and I'd be interested to see it offered to those unfortunate enough to be suffering serious pain from other conditions to see how they rate pain levels.

Not sure many would be ticking the K10 box but it would make for an interesting study.

 

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Re: Just how painful is CH compared to childbirth?
Reply #2 - Aug 2nd, 2019 at 12:33pm
 
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I would go through childbirth every year (no meds)
If it would mean no cluster headaches.

Not even a comparison. 🙄

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Re: Just how painful is CH compared to childbirth?
Reply #3 - Aug 2nd, 2019 at 9:23pm
 
Although they are really two different kinds of pain, on a 1-10 scale, natural childbirth was a 6 compared to a few CH 10’s I have experienced. Nothing quite like a 10 CH. It remains in the memory quite vividly compared to childbirth. Brian really captured it in a poem.  Smiley
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