Tension Headache Diary

Print this diary and use it to keep track of tension headaches. It can help you and your doctor create a treatment plan.

Date

Time headache began

Time headache ended

Warning signs (aura)

Location of pain

Type of pain (pressing, throbbing, piercing, etc.)

Intensity of pain (circle one number)

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Other symptoms (nausea, vomiting)

Medication taken/other treatment

Effect of treatment

How headache affected my normal routine

Hours of sleep the night before the headache

What I ate before the headache (caffeine, diet soda, chocolate, hot dogs, food with artificial sweeteners, processed foods)

Activities before headache

Important or stressful events that happened today

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WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018
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