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What Type of Headache Do You Have?

By Jennifer B. Buckley

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Before going to see your physician, The National Headache Foundation recommends keeping a diary about you or your care recipientís headaches. If you or your care recipient is currently seeking treatment for your headache, record that information as well. The diary should include specific details about your headache including: 

Information about your headache and general medical history.

Record and track the attacks and what you did to treat them, include:

Date
Length
Severity
Symptoms (i.e. vomiting or pain between eyes)
Triggers (i.e. after you ate chocolate)
Impact on your life (i.e. amount of days lost at work)
Record what medication you took (i.e. over-the-counter sinus medicine)
Write down when you took the medication
If it was effective in relieving pain or symptoms
How long the medication worked

By learning the triggers and patterns of your headache, you will feel more in control and less of a slave to pain. It will also enable you and your doctor to prescribe the best treatment option for you or your care recipient. Advances in biofeedback, relaxation, and other preventative techniques offer migraine sufferers a means to prevent a headache rather than just treat one after itís onset.

Information was provided by the National Institute of Health and the National Headache Foundation.

 

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