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.