30, 60 and 90-Day Headache Journals
Make Tracking Headaches Plain and Simple
I've had headaches for as long as I can remember. But I haven't always had good luck in managing them. In trying to keep track of my headaches, I've run into "record-keeping challenges."
My headaches sometimes come out of nowhere, and I don't always have a way to record the information I need, in just the way I need it.
With a busy life and lots going on, I sometimes have a hard time keeping all the details together, and I often end up putting health notes wherever I can, which means that my information is spread out all over the place. That makes keeping track of my health more confusing — and stressful.
And it doesn't make it any easier to talk to my doctors - trying to make sense of a handful of loose pieces of paper during the short time I have with my PCP is frustrating for us both. In the past, I've had a bunch of notes with information I needed to quickly communicate... and they had an incomplete record of my exact symptoms.
That didn't help either of us.
I've found that keeping a special journal to track my headaches really helps - both me, and my doctors. After several years of trial and error, I designed a system specifically for recording details of my headaches -- when and where in my head they happen, how severe they are, and the details about my life at the time. It's quick, it's simple, and my doctors can see at a glance where I'm having issues, without wading through a lot of medical terminology.
I have been using this journal myself to understand and manage my headaches since 2008. Over the years, I've simplified and refined the system - adding graphics and simplifying the notes area - to make it as useful, convenient, and effective as possible. You can see what it looks like here.
Want to try it for yourself? Heres's a Free Download (Adobe PDF): It's a printable 30-Day Headache Journal that's 8-1/2x11". It has two columns so you can fold the pages in half and carry them with you in your daily minder or calendar.
Get Your Headache Journal in Print
Or, you can purchase a spiral bound print version you can carry with you. It's 9x6" and like any spiral bound book, you can lay it flat, or fold it over, so it's easier to handle. It has pictures of the head and brain, so you can draw where you have your headaches, and there's plenty of room for notes, so you can record additional information (like diet, exercise, stress levels, and other lifestyle details) that might be useful for you or your doctor.
From the Back Cover
If headaches are an on-going problem for you, you may wish to keep a headache journal to keep track of what's going on in your head. Writing everything down in one place allows you to record important information you need to convey to your doctor, and it can take the pressure off, if you have difficulty remembering the precise details of your symptoms and/or if you have difficulty keeping track of where your notes got to.
It can be helpful to keep track of:
- Details about your headaches - days and times they occur, the severity and location of the pain (on a scale, say from 1-10), how long your headaches last, as well as other related symptoms you may have, e.g., nausea, auras, ringing in your ears, etc.
- Possible Causes - what you were doing before the headache started, what you were eating/drinking before the headache started.
- Treatments - prescription or over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, etc., and how well they worked.
- Effects - how headaches have impacted your personal, family, and/or work life.