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Keeping track of triggers

Does anyone have any good methods of keeping track of their migraines and triggers?

In the past, I've tried keeping a headache diary and a spreadsheet of potential triggers but quite often forgot to fill them in.
Without the full picture it was hard to tell whether, what I thought were triggers, (red wine, chocolate, dehydration, loss of sleep etc) were actually triggers.


  1. Hi Isaac,

    Thank you for reaching out to us with your question. It's one we hear often! Triggers can be so confusing - they can change over time - and what once triggered an attack may not continue to.

    I use my calendar to track my attacks, but find it difficult to track triggers per se. Many people have success using Migraine Buddy, and another app N1-Headache (which I've used in the past) give you really detailed information about triggers and even protective factors. Here are the links if interested;

    I'm sure others will be along soon to share their experiences with you. Will you keep me posted on how you make out?
    Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

    1. Hey, Isaac -- if you have an option on your phone to make voice notes (and if not, there are many free apps that can do this), maybe it would be simpler and easier on your body to make a voice memo of your symptoms. Just a thought you may want to try. Take care! -Melissa, team

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