How will a migraine diary help?
Author: Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie
It is important to keep a detailed headache diary each day that the headaches occur. It is not easy to recall what happened 3 to 4 months ago and diaries make it easier for your doctor to see at a glance how you are doing.
There is no blood test to monitor migraine, only a well-kept diary can reveal what’s going on and the more complicated your situation is, the more you need to fill a diary.
Some of the benefits of keeping a diary include:
- to identify triggers so you can avoid them if possible
- to help your doctor determine what medications might work best for you
- to determine if you have different migraine subtypes or patterns to your attacks
- for women, it helps to determine if migraines are linked with their menstrual cycle
- to help you see if the preventive treatments you try are working
- to be aware of how often you use acute medications and avoid medication-overuse headache
Bring your headache diary to each appointment with your doctor. By tracking your headaches with a diary, you and your doctor can work together to find what works best for you and try to record all your headaches, mild and severe – so your doctor has the real picture. Sufferers often only write down the bad attacks.
You can download a diary here (LINK or App)
And finally – a simple diary that has been filled-in is much better than a complex incomplete one.