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August 9, 2010 2:04 PM Subscribe
What information should be included in my headache journal?
posted by brainmouse to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've been getting headaches for most of my life, but recently I've had worse and more frequent ones, and among other things my doctor suggested I start keeping a headache journal.
She just gave me a very basic sketch of what should be included in it. I've been looking online for templates, and I don't like any of them, so I'm going to make my own.
So my question is: what information should I include for a single entry in the journal? For things like what I've eaten, how far back should that go (all day, the day before, just a couple hours?). Should I include even minor 5 minute headaches that don't turn into anything? How detailed do I need to be in how bad it is over time (as they get worse and worse and then better and better - just the peak amount of pain or document how long it took to get there?)
I'd like to know answers both from a doctor's perspective (what will be helpful for my doctor to know) and from a patient's perspective (what will be helpful for me to know). If there's any spectacular guide online that you would like to link me to, that would be good too.