headache diary

Last reviewed 01/2018

Consider using a headache diary to aid the diagnosis of primary headaches

If a headache diary is used, ask the person to record the following for a minimum of 8 weeks:

  • frequency, duration and severity of headaches
  • any associated symptoms
  • all prescribed and over the counter medications taken to relieve headaches
  • possible precipitants
  • if female and of having periods - relationship of headaches to menstruation.