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What should you keep track of in a migraine diary?

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In a migraine diary, keep track of things like:

  • When your headache begins, where you have pain, how long it lasts, and whether treatment works
  • What and how much you eat
  • Any vitamins or supplements you take
  • Exercise
  • Social and work activities
  • Details of your menstrual cycle
  • How you're feeling each day and your level of stress
  • Amount of sleep you get

SOURCES:

Genes, Brains and Behavior : "Variants in the CNR1 gene predispose to headache with nausea in the presence of life stress."

Headache : "The Stress and Migraine Interaction."

Stress : "Endocannabinoids and stress."

International Journal of Women's Health : "Migraine: is it related to hormonal disturbances or stress?"

American Institute of Stress: "Stress Effects."

The Migraine Trust: "Common triggers," "Keeping a Migraine Diary."

BioPsychoSocial Medicine : "Stress and psychological factors before a migraine attack: A time-based analysis."

American Psychological Association: "Five tips to help manage stress."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Genes, Brains and Behavior : "Variants in the CNR1 gene predispose to headache with nausea in the presence of life stress."

Headache : "The Stress and Migraine Interaction."

Stress : "Endocannabinoids and stress."

International Journal of Women's Health : "Migraine: is it related to hormonal disturbances or stress?"

American Institute of Stress: "Stress Effects."

The Migraine Trust: "Common triggers," "Keeping a Migraine Diary."

BioPsychoSocial Medicine : "Stress and psychological factors before a migraine attack: A time-based analysis."

American Psychological Association: "Five tips to help manage stress."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

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