Tracking Migraines

What is migraine tracking? It is the practice of recording information about your migraine attacks.

It is helpful to include several pieces of information including timing of attacks, severity of attacks, what medication or treatment was used to stop the attack, weather patterns, exercise habits, sleep habits, and accompanying symptoms. This information may help you to determine triggers for the attacks and what treatments to use in the future.

This information may be helpful in determining how to prepare or modify lifestyle in the future to help prevent episodes. For example, if you see that you have had multiple migraine attacks after several nights of disrupted sleep, you may use this information to work on sleep hygiene. Do you see that eating certain food tends to lead to migraine episodes, you may choose to avoid eating those foods.

You may use an old-fashioned notebook or download an app on your cell phone or device.

If you have any additional questions about tracking your headaches, speak with your healthcare provider.

By: Brooke Steiger, NP