Keeping a headache diary

A headache diary can be valuable in helping you and your doctor diagnose and treat your headaches. You can use it to map out the 79df4eac-dd01-4eaf-822f-1c1fbca286b416207267087506characteristics of your headaches, including their frequency, duration, and intensity. A diary can also help identify possible triggers and related symptoms, as well as track the dosage and effectiveness of any medications you're taking.

There are many ways to keep a headache diary. You can record this information on a preprinted form like the one below, or on a regular calendar or notebook to. Or you can download a headache app and use it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Your doctor may recommend keeping such a diary every day for a week, a month, or the duration of your treatment. He or she may review the diary with you to assess your progress, weigh the effectiveness of medications, or make adjustments in your treatment plan.

Headache diary

Feel free to reproduce this diary for your own use. You can also download a formatted copy.


First episode

Second episode

Third episode

Date/day of the week of headache


Time of onset


Time of resolution


Warning signs


Location(s) of the pain


Type of pain


Intensity of the pain  *


Additional symptoms


Activities/circumstances at time of onset


Time of most recent meal prior to onset


Food/drink most recently consumed prior to onset


Medication(s) taken for headache


Response to medication(s)


Other action(s) taken for relief


Response to action(s)


Last menstrual period  **


Medication(s) currently taken for other condition(s)


 * On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain possible

** Beginning date and ending date


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