Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Migraine 101: 5 Good Reasons to Keep a Migraine Journal

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While it may seem tedious and burdensome, keeping a migraine journal is one of the best ways to gather information about your migraine disease and its impact on your life.

5 Good Reasons to Keep a Migraine Journal:

(1) Without this kind of hard data it can be hard for your doctors to know exactly how you are impacted by migraine disease. It's not that all doctors are dismissive, but your idea of debilitated may be very different than your doctor's idea of it. This information can also provide support for the need for treatments to address particular symptoms, such as nausea or constipation.

(2) Having access to this information can help you and your doctors spot patterns in your attacks and identify triggers and environmental factors that may be impacting the frequency of your attacks.

(3) Keeping a journal is the best way for you and your doctor to objectively determine whether treatments are doing any good, even just a little bit. Sometimes it's easy to overlook subtle changes in your attacks.

(4) If you find it necessary to apply for disability benefits you will want to have this kind of record to show how often you are debilitated by your attacks, how often they take you away from activities like work, family time and household tasks and how long they put you out when they interfere.

(5) It's easy. I know it doesn't seem that way, and most of us are already way too busy in our lives, but there are so many pre-made journaling options these days that I have no doubt there is an existing method available to suit your needs and make it simple and fast. In no time flat journaling your attacks will be a no brainer.

Stay tuned for Part Two of this series to learn about the options for keeping a journal and Part Three for suggestions of what to include and how to organize your information.

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.