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What can you do to cope with headaches and migraines?

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If headaches plague you, keep a daily headache diary. That way you can look back a day or two before a headache starts for signs of what may have triggered your headache. Record any irritability or other prodromal signs. Also, if you think weather is a factor, record any of the common weather and environmental triggers listed above. Keep a detailed diary for three months to allow the variable patterns of your headaches to show up. In your headache diary, write the following:

  • Your headache symptoms: where you feel the pain, what the pain feels like, and any other symptoms, such as vomiting or sensitivity to noise, smells, or bright light
  • The time your headache started and ended
  • Any food and beverages you had (common triggers include chocolate, caffeine, and foods with the preservatives MSG and nitrates)
  • Any changes in the weather, such as storms, high winds, or high humidity
  • Any treatment you tried, and whether it helped or made the headache worse

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Environmental and Physical Factors."

American Headache Society: "Tools: Headache Diaries."

WebMD Medical News: "Weather Behind Headaches, Sufferers Say."

eMedicine.com: "Pathophysiology and Treatment of Migraine and Related Headache."

National Headache Foundation: "January 2008 Survey: Environmental Triggers and Headache."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Environmental and Physical Factors."

American Headache Society: "Tools: Headache Diaries."

WebMD Medical News: "Weather Behind Headaches, Sufferers Say."

eMedicine.com: "Pathophysiology and Treatment of Migraine and Related Headache."

National Headache Foundation: "January 2008 Survey: Environmental Triggers and Headache."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 18, 2019

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