Migraine Diary to
Help Identify Your
how each migraine episodes or attacks are so sudden
and irregular it sometimes is hard to pin point
what your triggers are. In studies different patients
with migraines have different triggers. Being
that triggers vary from a variety of many different
categories. It is said for your best interest
to keep a diary to log your attacks and the things
surrounding the attack. Here are some of the ideas
to help you keep your migraine dairy to help you
with your triggers.
First document the date and time of your migraine
attack down to the minute
What is the severity of your attack: mild,
moderate, sever, etc.
Where the pain is located: left, right, or
both sides of the head
What type of pain is it: throbbing, Non-stop,
on and off, dull, etc.
What are some of the symptoms: nausea, vomiting,
sensitivities to light, sound or smell, etc.
Did you have any warning signs/auras and what
Now this is the part of the diary that is most
important in concerning triggers. This is the
main focus of a migraine diary, therefore having
the information documented before hand to help
try to prevent future attacks.
Now in this section of your diary you need
make a list of everything that is classified
as a trigger or that you may think that could
have triggered your attack. It is best to just
write every detail of that day down trigger
or not just to better understand the attack,
almost like a normal everyday diary. Also, if
you have more attacks than usual. This diary
and information could be useful when you see
you physician. Here are some ideas of what should
go in the triggers section of your diary.
Your environment: everything about it including
weather, allergies from environment, strong
smells, loud noises, lighting, etc.
What you ate or drank from when you woke up
to the actual attack, and if you ate or drank
anything during the attack and if it helped
or made it worse.
Was there any stress or stress related thing
from the day or days before that may have lead
up to the attack? Also you may include if there
was any depression and where it may have came
Also if you have been taking any medications
document what kind or brand and the dosage.
Write why you were taking the medication and
the affect it had on you.
These are just a few things that may give you
an idea of what may trigger your migraines.
As the migraines continue you can look back
in this diary if during every attack you have
documented some of the same things you may have
pin pointed on one or more triggers that may
help you prevent future attacks. On a side note,
a trigger that causes todays attack may
not cause tomorrows attack, but this still will
help in the long run.
Recording details of your migraine attacks
can be useful in:
helping the doctor make a firm diagnosis;
recognizing the warning signs of an attack;
identifying what triggers your attacks;
assessing if your acute or preventative medication
The records may include information on:
when the head pains started;
how often they happen;
if there are other symptoms (such as being
sick or having vision problems);
how long the attacks last;
where the pain is;
whether the pain is throbbing, piercing;
It is helpful to record as many aspects of daily
life as possible, such as:
what and when you eat;
vitamins or health products;
any exercise you take;
how much sleep you have;
other factors such as the weather;