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How can I learn about what triggers my headache?

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To learn more about what brings on your attacks, keep a headache diary that includes answers to these questions:

  • When did your headaches first start?
  • How often do you have them?
  • Do you have any symptoms before the headache starts?
  • Where is the pain?
  • How long does it last?
  • At what time of day do the headaches happen?
  • Do you seem to get them after you eat certain types of food?
  • For women, at what time in your monthly cycle do they happen?
  • Are the headaches triggered by something in your environment, such as smells, noise, or some kinds of weather?
  • How would you describe the pain?

From: Headache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Buchholz, D. , Workman Publishing Company, 2002. Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain

Livingstone, I. , Novak Owl Books, 2004. Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches

Smith T. , 2004. Drugs

Young, W. , Demos Medical Publishing, 2004. Migraine and other Headaches

Cady R. , July 2005. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

International Headache Society.

American College of Rheumatology: "NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Buchholz, D. , Workman Publishing Company, 2002. Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain

Livingstone, I. , Novak Owl Books, 2004. Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches

Smith T. , 2004. Drugs

Young, W. , Demos Medical Publishing, 2004. Migraine and other Headaches

Cady R. , July 2005. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

International Headache Society.

American College of Rheumatology: "NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 18, 2018

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