Cluster Headache Diary

Tracking Your Bouts Can Help Your Doctor Help You

One of the most helpful things you can do is keep a headache diary.  In fact, the National Headache Foundation recommends keeping a headache diary to track the characteristics of your headaches.

Each time you get a headache, jot down these details.  Helping to identify patterns from your headache diary may help your healthcare provider determine which type of cluster headache you have and the most beneficial treatments.

  • Date. Tracking the date and time of each headache can help you recognize patterns.
  • Duration. How long does each headache last?
  • Intensity. On a scale from 1 to 10, rate your headache pain with 10 being the most severe.
  • Triggers. List possible triggers that might have caused your headache.  Time of day, season or sleeping.  Does drinking alcohol, smoking, eating certain foods, sounds, odors, physical activity or oversleeping.
  • Symptoms. Did you have any symptoms before the headache, such as plugged nose?
  • Agitation. How you behave during an attack?  Can’t stop moving?
  • Medications. List all medication you’re currently taking, even if they’re unrelated to your headache.
  • Relief. Have you had any pain relief, from complete pain relief to none?
  • Personal Burden. Have you missed work, unable to leave home, bed-bound?

Download a copy of our headache diary here. Make additional copies and be sure to answer the questions every time you have a headache. Show your healthcare provider your diary during your next appointment.

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