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What kind of notes should you take about a migraine to prevent future headaches?

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It doesn’t matter whether you do it in a notebook or on your phone. Write down these things:

  • When you have a headache
  • How long it lasts
  • Where it hurts, and how badly
  • Does it respond to treatment?

You can also add notes about your day to help figure out your triggers. Keep track of things like:

  • What you ate
  • If you missed a meal
  • How well you slept
  • If you worked out
  • The weather

SOURCES:

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

American Family Physician: "Migraine Headaches: How to Deal With the Pain."

Spigt, M. European Journal of Neurology, August 2005.

Dalkara, T. Current Pain and Headache Reports, October 2013.

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches," "Headaches and Food."

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Kona, Hawaii, based internist and author of Pain Free 1, 2, 3.

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache," "Top 10 Migraine Triggers and How to Deal With Them."

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain: "Magnesium."

UptoDate.com: "Preventive treatment of migraine in adults," “Patient education: Migraines in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

TRC: "Food, Herbs, Supplements."

The Migraine Trust: “Keeping a migraine diary.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on January 27, 2020

SOURCES:

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

American Family Physician: "Migraine Headaches: How to Deal With the Pain."

Spigt, M. European Journal of Neurology, August 2005.

Dalkara, T. Current Pain and Headache Reports, October 2013.

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches," "Headaches and Food."

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Kona, Hawaii, based internist and author of Pain Free 1, 2, 3.

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache," "Top 10 Migraine Triggers and How to Deal With Them."

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain: "Magnesium."

UptoDate.com: "Preventive treatment of migraine in adults," “Patient education: Migraines in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

TRC: "Food, Herbs, Supplements."

The Migraine Trust: “Keeping a migraine diary.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on January 27, 2020

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