Monthly Headache Calendar

Although headache triggers that lead to headaches vary for every individual, there are some triggers that are relatively common.  A helpful way to identify such patterns is to keep a daily log, called a Headache Diary, to record the following:

  • every time you have a headache, including time of onset and duration
  • the severity of each headache
  • what you have been eating and drinking, when you sleep, weather changes and other environment factors, time of menstruation for women, etc.
  • All medications taken, including prescription and over-the-counter–including those specifically take for headache
  • the level of relief provided by headache medications

Your neurologist may ask you to keep such a headache diary to help identify your headache patterns and triggers to avoid.