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Keeping a Migraine Journal

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Keeping a migraine journal

I often get asked “why should I keep a migraine journal?” The truth is recording details of your migraine attacks, no matter how big or small is imperative to finding out the triggers of your migraines.

What you should include in your journaling?

At the beginning you should record in your journal daily.

Notes should include:

  1. The date of your headache
  2. The time your headache started and ended
  3. Where the pain is located
  4. The type of pain (throbbing, piercing, etc.)
  5. Intensity of the pain on a scale from 1 to 10
  6. Where there any warning signals?
  7. Food and/or drink consumed before your headache began
  8. How much water you drank before the symptoms began
  9. How much sleep you got the night before

Get as detailed as possible in your journal. This helps pinpoint the triggers to help you figure out the pattern. And be sure not to rule anything out in advance. A trigger can be very sneaky.

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