headache diary(What is a PDF document?) to find your triggers. You write down when you have a headache
and how bad it is, along with details such as what you ate and what you did
before the headache started. This information can help you find and avoid the
things that bring on your headaches.
Take your medicines as directed
One Woman's Story:
"I always used to wait too long to take my
medicine. Now I take it as soon as I start to feel the twinges of pain."—Carole
The best way to stop a migraine is to take your
medicine at the first sign of a headache. You might think you can stop the
migraine by lying down and being quiet or doing relaxation exercises. But if a
migraine has started, it's probably too late for those other methods to
Keep your medicine with you at all times so that you're ready when a headache
Don't take the medicine too often. Talk to your doctor if you're taking your medicine
more than 2 days a week, or if you get more than 3 headaches a month. Too
much medicine—over-the-counter or prescription—can lead to more
headaches. These are called rebound headaches.
You may be able to have fewer headaches by
taking prescription medicine to prevent migraines. But taking this medicine
doesn't mean that you'll never get a migraine.
headaches are more common during stressful times or right
after a stressful time ends.
lower your stress with positive thinking and relaxation methods. Research shows
that you can change how you think. And how you think affects how you feel. Try
these techniques on your own or with help from a therapist or