Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Migraine 101: What to Include in Your Migraine Journal / Diary


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This post is Part Three of a three-part series on the importance of keeping a migraine diary / journal.

Setting up a paper migraine journal or downloading the software and setting up a username and password are just the first steps. They won't do you a lick of good if you don't include the right information in your diary.

These are the basics for a migraine diary / journal:

• date

• time the migraine attack started

• time the migraine attack ended

• type of pain (Examples: sharp, stabbing, burning, radiating, stinging, aching, etc.)

• intensity of the pain on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the most excruciating pain you can imagine)

• location of the pain

• your symptoms

• medication(s) taken

• effectiveness of the medications taken

• side effects (if any) of medications taken

• any possible triggers you can think of (Examples: lack of sleep, food
consumption, exposure to perfume or cologne, etc.)


Related Posts:
Migraine 101: 5 Good Reasons to Keep a Migraine Journal
Migraine 101: Migraine Journal / Diary Options

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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.