You can use the form to make a note of what happened on days when you have a migraine, such as:

  • Did you feel stressed out?
  • Did you have trouble sleeping?
  • What did you eat or drink?

You can describe the migraine attacks in greater detail, including

  • what time the pain started,
  • how long the attack lasted, and
  • how severe the headache was.

It's also important to record

  • whether you took medication,
  • and – if so – what kind of medication and how much.

Migraine diaries not only help you to find possible migraine triggers. They can also help you to find out more about your migraines – like whether they are chronic. You can see how often the attacks occur – and how frequently you take medication.

Keeping a migraine diary can also be helpful if it's not absolutely clear whether you have migraines or another type of headache – such as cluster headaches.

To get a better overview, you can also mark the days on the calendar when you've had a headache, as well as the days you took medication, for example. Or you can try a digital diary (app) if you prefer.

IQWiG health information is written with the aim of helping people understand the advantages and disadvantages of the main treatment options and health care services.

Because IQWiG is a German institute, some of the information provided here is specific to the German health care system. The suitability of any of the described options in an individual case can be determined by talking to a doctor. informedhealth.org can provide support for talks with doctors and other medical professionals, but cannot replace them. We do not offer individual consultations.

Our information is based on the results of good-quality studies. It is written by a team of health care professionals, scientists and editors, and reviewed by external experts. You can find a detailed description of how our health information is produced and updated in our methods.

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Updated on May 30, 2018
Next planned update: 2021

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