Keeping a Migraine Diary

One of the best ways to help manage your migraines is to keep a migraine diary. It can be useful for you and your doctor in identifying triggers and determining patterns that may help reveal the causes of your headaches. Noting the factors that play a role in your migraine attacks is a small task, but it goes a long way in deciding on an appropriate and comprehensive treatment plan.

It is a good idea to type and print your migraine diary before you see your doctor in order to keep it legible and clean. If you arrive prepared, many of the questions your doctor will ask can be answered quickly and painlessly.

Factors to Include in Your Migraine Diary:

  1. When your migraine occurred
  • When looking back at your diary, you may see that your migraines often occur during a certain time of day.
  1. Location and type of pain
  • Was it a throbbing pain, or steady pressure?
  1. Intensity of your migraine
  • Try to place the pain of your migraine on a scale from 1-10.
  1. Any possible symptoms, including
  • Aura
  • Numbness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Nausea
  1. Disruptions in your daily activity, including
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increases in stress at work or at home
  1. Menstrual cycle
  • Migraines often occur more frequently before, during or immediately after a woman's period.
  1. Any possible migraine triggers, including
  • Food / drink
  • Environmental factors
  • Medications
  • Sleep Pattern
  • Emotional Stress
  1. Any preventative medications taken
  • Include when you took your preventative and the dosage.
  1. Any medication taken during your migraine
  • Be sure to note how effective your medication was.