Managing Migraine

To help you manage your migraine 4,10,12:

Migraine diary

migraine-diaryMigraine triggers can be difficult to identify, but it helps if you keep a diary of when the migraine attack occurs. This can help doctors and migraine sufferers to discover if there is any emerging migraine pattern.

It is very important for you to visit your pharmacist or GP and give them the details of your migraine.

A migraine diary is a simple but effective way of helping to manage your migraine.

A migraine diary might record:

  • The time the migraine started and ended
  • The site on the head pain
  • The nature on the migraine pain
  • How often the head pain happens
  • Timing of migraine attacks may help to identify triggers
  • Other symptoms (such as being sick or having vision problems)
  • Details of any other medication taken before the headache started
  • Food eaten before hand
  • Recent exercise
  • Weather conditions and location

Lifestyle changes

Changing your lifestyle may help to improve your migraine symptoms.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle 4-12:

You need to pay particular attention to your lifestyle in terms of what you eat, how much you exercise and how long you sleep as quality sleep is important.

lifestyle-changesYou should aim to take a sensible amount of exercise each week and eat a nourishing well-balanced diet. Good hydration is helpful. If you are fit and in good general health, you will be able to better cope with migraine attacks when they do occur.

Avoidance of triggers 4-12:

Know your migraine triggers; keep a migraine diary to keep track of what triggers your migraine

When the triggers are known an obvious migraine management strategy is to try to avoid them or take steps to reduce your exposure to these triggers where possible.