More on the How I use my Migraine Diary

Apr 13th, 2010 | By Beth | Category: Whats on My Mind

Diary Entry

My Migraine Diary

Those of us who have migraines have all heard how tracking a set of facts in a diary can help. For a small sidetrack, I refuse to call this thing a ‘headache diary’ because as I’ve noted before, these are not typical headaches and shouldn’t be referred to as such. That said, I talked briefly about starting a migraine diary in Recognize Your Migraine Triggers, but that was a minimal start to what I’ve been researching you need in a determined migraine diary effort.

After reviewing some additional online sources, I’ve decided to track the following in my migraine


  • number of hours of sleep and quality of sleep (if I slept badly, I’ll note that, for example)
  • amount and duration of physical exercise
  • foods consumed and, where possible, the spices used in those foods
  • fluids consumed, including the number of glasses of water, carbonated drinks, etc.
  • my medications and the time I take them
  • my vitamins and the time I take them • outdoor barometric pressure and allergy warnings (I can get these from the morning news)
  • stress level (I’ll rate this on a 1-10 scale with 1 being almost no stress and 10 being I need to leave the country it’s so bad)
  • any warning signs that a migraine may be on its way, including those funky sparkly lights on the peripheral of my vision

If I’m actually in migraine hell that day, I’ll also note the following:

  • start and stop day and time of the migraine
  • symptoms, including nausea, location of pain, and whatever else surprises me
  • migraine intensity level on a scale of 1 to 10
  • if the migraine is part of a cluster migraine, I’ll note that too
  • medications taken – especially if I had to take something I don’t take on a regular basis

It’s my hope that this will help me, and perhaps my doctor, identify a pattern and hopefully find some paths to deviate from some of the worst migraines.

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