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Tension Headache Diary

Print this diary and use it to keep track of tension headaches.






Time headache began





Time headache ended





Warning signs (aura)





Location of Pain





Type of pain (pressing, throbbing, piercing, etc.)





Intensity of pain* (circle one number to the right)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Other symptoms (nausea, vomiting)





Medication taken/other treatment





Effect of treatment





How headache affected my normal routine





Hours of sleep the night before the headache





What I ate before the headache (caffeine, diet soda, chocolate, hot dogs, food with artificial sweeteners, processed foods)





Activities before headache occurred





Important or stressful events that occurred today












WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on February 27, 2014
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