September 14, 2014

HOW I KEEP A HEADACHE JOURNAL


I've struggled for years with migraine headaches. I've been on many different types of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. I've also tried many different preventative measures. Currently I'm trying to watch my diet, and the amount of gluten and other trigger foods I consume (red wine, some cheeses, etc). I also find taking a good multivitamin helps a little bit. 

I'm still struggling with a lot of headaches a month, though. So one of the strategies that my neurologist suggested was to keep a headache journal. One that would keep track of my headaches, what kind I had, and hopefully (if I can remember), what triggered them.


I'm simply using this monthly/weekly planner, which is actually the same one that I try my best to plan my blog posts in. I got it at Target for probably $12. You can see from the far away view that I am keeping track of my menstrual cycle (pink dots), important dates (yellow highlighted words), and headaches pretty much fill the date. It's a pretty simple method.


On days that I have headaches, I try to write down when during the day I got them, rate the pain out of 10, where in the head my pain was located, and what I did to treat it. So far, it's been working really well for me.

I've been keeping track of my headaches for about 4 months now. I see the neurologist again at the end of September, and we are going to go over the journal together to look for patterns.

Do you struggle with headaches? What are some strategies that you use to keep track, prevent and/or treat them?

7 comments:

  1. I too suffer with migraines, I had a 3 day one this week. Have you ever tried feverfew tea? I went to an ayurveda specialist and when I was getting them almost dailyl she had me drink a pot of feverfew tea. I drank a pot of tea throughout the day for 30 days and my migraines virtually went away. Now I get them maybe 1x a month, usually around menses. Here's a link for feverfew to buy. http://www.herbco.com/p-422-feverfew-herb-cs.aspx If you are like me, you'll try anything to make them go away. Now I have to go make a cup.

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    1. I've never heard of that! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. I luckily don't struggle with headaches, but keeping track seems like a good way to hopefully find a solution! I've heard that rubbing the flap of skin between the thumb and index finger can help take the pressure down, but I don't know if it actually works?

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    1. Keeping track seems to work well, I have never tried that... right now I'm focusing on prevention... mostly diet and lifestyle changes. Thanks for the tip though!

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  3. I am going to do this. I suffer from debilitating migraines and they are worse since we got stationed in Germany. Keep us posted. I am following you from BoB!!

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  4. I had this one time and I hated it. Hope you get help for this soon.

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  5. Ok, this might seem like an odd question, but have you ever broken or injured your tail bone? In my case it turns out that an injury that I suffered to my tail bone as a child is the root of the debilitating migraines that I have suffered from since I was about 11 (I am 34 now). I literally tried everything, both conventional and alternative, medicine had to offer. Anyway, long story short, through a combination of hormone balancing (natural) supplements and a specific type of therapy, I have been migraine free for over 5 months. If you're interested, you can email me at essenntoilsisters at gmail dot com. I would be more than happy to give you the details if you want, just don't want to pour out my life story in your comment box! BTW, I found your post on the BoB(B) daily post thread.

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