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On the HIT-6 test I scored 54. But I suspect I'm not interpreting the terms never, rarely, sometimes, very often and always in they way the test creator expected.
Here's how I answered the HIT-6 test
1. When you have headaches, how often is the pain severe? Rarely
Because probably less than one attack in 10 is so severe that am unable to say sentences longer than 1 or 2 words.
2. How often do headaches limit your ability to do usual daily activities including household work, work, school, or social activities? Sometimes
Work and social life don't apply at the moment as I don't have either. Housework doesn't really suffer as I schedule tasks around the migraines. But there are some tasks that get put off longer than my wife would like, which is reason for the sometimes answer.
3. When you have a headache, how often do you wish you could lie down? Rarely
I don't like lying down because (a) I tend to become more nauseous, and (b) lying down is like admitting defeat.
4. In the past 4 weeks, how often have you felt too tired to do work or daily activities because of your headaches? Never
I often feel tired after a migraine, but never so tired that I couldn't do anything, and certainly not in the last 4 weeks.
5. In the past 4 weeks, how often have you felt fed up or irritated because of your headaches? Rarely
Sometimes I can't stand human interaction during a migraine, but there's usually something I can find to appreciate even if it's just a cool breeze on my face.
6. In the past 4 weeks, how often did headaches limit your ability to concentrate on work or daily activities? Sometimes
I suppose I'm migraine free 3 or 4 days a week on average, and over the last 4 weeks its probably been closer to 4 or 5 days per week. I'd need to average 5 or 6 migraines per week before I would consider it Very often.
I don't know if I put a too positive interpretation with my answers. But as the questions seem to be about pain, they don't really ask the correct questions for me. Pain is one of my lesser concerns. It's my balance, speech cognitive skills, and memory that affect me more during migraines.
"I didn't mind getting old when I was young. It's the being old now that's getting to me." - John Scalzi Old Man's War, 2005
It is interesting that descriptions or definitions of migraine always include the other symptoms - but these tests or questionnaires, from my recollection, just ask about head pain.
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