Anyone who suffers from headaches on a regular basis, such as every week or month instead of only occasionally, should keep a headache diary. Not all headaches are the same.
By noting down your symptoms, how long the headache lasted and what you were doing at the time your headache started, you can often find patterns and/or “triggers” that might indicate why the headache occurred.
Once you know your patterns or triggers, you can take action to avoid headaches.
The Benefits of Having a Headache Diary
Migraines in particular are known to have triggers, such as certain foods, caffeine, alcohol, lack of sleep, jet lag, and hormonal fluctuations. Not every headache is a migraine, of course.
But if you do have migraines, then preventing them, shortening the time they last, and pain relief during the time they last, are essential if you want to avoid your migraines having a severely negative impact on your life.
If you think you might be having migraines, get a small notebook to write down information about each headache you have. Or print out one of the blank headache diaries online to carry around with you. Alternatively you can use an online tracker or try a smartphone tracker app.
Collect your data for at least a week or two. Then make an appointment with your regular doctor to discuss your findings. They should be able to determine if you have been experiencing migraines and if so, what might be triggering them.
Once your doctor has reviewed your diary and given you a thorough exam, s/he should be able to recommend prevention strategies and a treatment plan based on your own patterns and triggers. They might also refer you to a specialist if you can’t get your migraines under control.
What to Include in Your Headache Diary
So, what should you include in your headache diary?
Here is a suggested format for you to try, to see if it makes a difference to your headaches and overall health.
Your Headache Diary
Date and time the headache started (approximately) _______
Where I was when the symptoms first started _______
What I was doing when the symptoms first started _______
Foods, drinks or medicines I consumed before starting. If I did not prepare them myself, where did I get them? E.g. Chinese takeaway on 92nd Street ________
Was it an ordinary headache, or a migraine? ________
Location of the headache/migraine pain – check off all that apply:
Forehead (the area directly above my eyes, to my hairline)
Temples (the area to the sides of my forehead, near the corner of my eyes, to my hairline)
Eyes/around the eyes
The crown of my head (from my forehead to the back of the head where my skull starts to curve downwards)
Back of my head (from where my skull starts to curve downwards, to the neck, down to the shoulder area)
Base of skull (the area where the skull starts to curve in to join with the neck)
Other areas that hurt-list:
The level of pain I experienced, on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 the lowest and 10 the highest ________
What level of disability (that is, not being able to work/do my usual daily activities) did I experience, on a scale from 1 to 10 _______
In each place above where I listed that I experienced pain, the pain was – check off each word below that applies:
Other – describe _______
I had trouble with my vision:
I felt sensitive to light:
I had trouble with my other senses
I felt sensitive to noises around me:
I felt nauseous
I was so nauseous I vomited
I vomited _ times in total, about _ minutes apart
I vomited 3 times, about 3 hours apart
I vomited all day for 12 hours
What I did to try to relieve the pain:
These actions worked best to relieve the pain:
How long this migraine lasted in total number of hours (approximately) _______
What I suspect might have triggered this migraine:
Food, weather, monthly cycle, pressure at work, etc. _______
Keep your headache diary, share it with your doctor, and you should be on the road to a better life without the agony of migraines.
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