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Tension Headache Diary

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    Print this diary and use it to keep track of tension headaches.  It can help you and your doctor create a treatment plan.






    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)

    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





    Important or stressful events that happened today












    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on January 05, 2015
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