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Migraines and Headache Diary

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What can I do to help figure out my migraines?What can I do to help figure out my migraines?

If you suffer from migraine headaches, one of the best things you can do for yourself is keep a symptom diary. There are a wide range of triggers, symptoms, and treatments, so knowing what causes your headaches, how you are affected by your pain, and which treatments do and do not bring relief are critical for managing your migraines.

There are a wide range of options for keeping a headache journal, so you can choose the one that works best for you. You might want to download an app for your phone, try an online version, print pages you can keep with you, or simply use a notebook you have at home. Where and how you keep your notes is not as important as the information you record in them.

A headache diary is useful for helping you
  • recognize patterns to your migraines,
  • learn your triggers,
  • recognize warning signs,
  • monitor preventive treatments, and
  • evaluate treatments.

In your diary, you should include as much as you can about your headaches. Write down
  • where the pain is located,
  • type of pain (throbbing, piercing),
  • intensity of pain,
  • co-existing symptoms (nausea, auroa),
  • when the headache started,
  • when the headache ended,
  • how long it lasted,
  • what helped/didn’t help,
  • medications you used, and
  • how your daily life was affected (missed work, stayed in bed).

It can also be helpful to keep track of various aspects of your daily life to see if they caused or contributed to your headache. For instance, note
  • what you were doing when the pain began,
  • how much sleep you had gotten the night before,
  • what and how much you had eaten,
  • what and how much you had drank,
  • medications, supplements, herbs, etc. you had taken,
  • activities you were doing,
  • recent exercise,
  • stressful events (job, family),
  • weather,
  • where you are in your menstrual cycle, and
  • other factors which may have impacted your headache.

As every woman is unique, keeping a headache diary can help you and your doctor pinpoint issues that are pertinent to you. It can also help you be more accurate as memory can be faulty when trying to cope with pain. Once you have solid notes, you and your doctor can then use the information to find ways to prevent and treat your migraines more effectively.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-07-2015 - 07:25 PM


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