Migraine Arsenal Essentials: Migraine and Headache Diary

Patient Expert
Medically Reviewed

One of the first and most essential weapons to add to our Migraine arsenal is a Migraine and headache diary. As I’ve mentioned before, our diaries are extremely valuable in determining our Migraine trigger management.

There are other reasons to maintain a Migraine and headache diary, including:

  • spotting patterns
  • knowing if our Migraine frequency is changing
  • knowing if our Migraine intensity or level of disability caused by our Migraines is changing
  • correlating our Migraine frequency with when we begin new treatments, change medication dosages, etc.
  • spotting changes in our response to acute treatments

It’s difficult to know with certainty if our Migraine patterns are changing, how well our medications are working, and how much our Migraine frequency and severity are changing just going by memory. It’s especially difficult to track these issues long-term without documenting them in a diary. Our diaries also make it far easier and more efficient to share this information with our doctors.

There are now many mobile apps for Migraine and headache diaries. Which one is “best” is subjective, depending on our preferences. I haven’t found an app that tracks and charts all the information I want, so I still use a spreadsheet for my diary. If you’re curious about that spreadsheet, or if you’d like a paper diary to use, you can download a free diary workbook from our article, Your Migraine and Headache Diary.

Even having had Migraines for more than 50 years and treating with a Migraine specialist for 16 years, I still find great value in maintaining my Migraine diary. My Migraine specialist agrees and reviews my diary at every visit. There’s simply no substitute for the data we accumulate in our diaries.

More Migraine Arsenal Essentials:

Migraine Arsenal Essentials: An Effective Health Care Team

Migraine Arsenal Essentials: Trigger Management