Don’t you know how to keep a migraine diary? While it’s a simple process, many of us we don’t know how to start. Keeping a diary is one of our top tips for migraine relief. Today, I’m going to try to answer any questions you may have on using one.
A migraine diary can be helpful in many ways. It can help you understand your triggers, if there is any improvement with your medications or treatments and it can also help your doctor understand what it works for you when you’ll show him the results of your diary. In my opinion it is a helpful tool for every migraineur.
What should you write in your migraine diary? Our plan is to write as more information as possible about our migraines and our possible triggers.
Before we start, it would be easier for you to plan your writing in a way that you can understand it easily. You should be able to find the information you want after some months of tracking your migraines. You could structure your pages in fields to improve your diary readability . There is also, an Android application on Google Play with the name ‘migraine diary’. Let’s see what we can include in our diary.
Your Migraine Diary Should Include Information On:
- Date And Time: The time your migraine starts and the time it ends. It could be useful to know exactly how much time your migraines last every time they happen.
- Symptoms And Warning Signals: The symptoms that we experience on our migraines differs from person to person. For example, you might feel sick, having vision problems or dizziness.
- Pain: Try to describe the pain as more detailed as possible. Keep notes of pain intensity, pain location and type of pain.
- Treatment: What treatment do you take, if it’s effective and any other way you use to relief from the migraine pain.
Information On Factors That May Trigger Your Migraines:
- What And When You Ate And Drunk: Many foods and drinks can trigger a migraine so, don’t forget to include everything. You should also write if you have skipped any meals because this is a common migraine trigger too.
- Sleep: The hours and the quality of your sleep.
- Social Activities And Work: Any stressful or unusual event which can cause stress or excitement and as a result can trigger migraine.
- Exercise: Intense exercise can be a trigger, however light exercise could be helpful. You should note the days you exercise, the intensity and the type of exercise.
Update Your Diary
The more information you write in your diary, the most useful it’s going to be. So, daily updates generally are recommended unless your doctor has asked you weekly or monthly updates.
You could also write by detail how helpful or not is your medication. Is it effective? Has it any side effects? Take notes of every treatments for migraine relief you may try.
How To Use Your Migraine Diary
When you’ll have enough information about your migraines (usually 1-3 months), there are three things you can do:
- Look for patterns: You should look on your migraine triggers, treatments and medications. Is there something that triggers your migraines? Which treatment is more effective? If you can’t find anything yet, don’t give up. Keep writing and soon you’ll find something helpful.
- Avoid the triggers and use the most effective treatments: This is a little obvious. The most common triggers can be found on your diet, sleep and on your activities.
- Visit Your Doctor: Your doctor is more experienced than you. Show him your diary and inform him of your results. He’ll help you find out more triggers, if there is something you didn’t notice and he’ll advise you about your next steps.
In my opinion, making a migraine diary is a great technique to figure out what works for you and what triggers your migraines. For faster results, track your migraines daily and in one or two months probably you’ll find out something. It’s a first step of preventing your migraines and find the best treatments for you.
I hope this post was helpful for you, for any questions and if you want to share your story with us don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.