The “I Tried It” Summary
Once you have dealt with chronic migraine for a while, the medications and treatments that you have tried can become an overwhelmingly long list. Your medical records for migraine alone can quickly become hundreds of pages long.
Due to this, I like to log the medications and treatments that I have tried in the past for an easy review.
Why I think this document is important
I honestly feel like, in most cases, a doctor will not read hundreds of pages of medical records before your first appointment. That is a lot of work and time for them when there is a possibility that you may not show up. In this case, the doctor does not truly know what all you have and have not tried before your first appointment.
The “I Tried It” document provides your new doctor with a brief overview of what they will find in your medical records. It also helps keep you from trying to remember every single medication and treatment you have tried over the years. I do not know about you, but personally, I have tried so many medications that sometimes I simply do not remember them until a doctor mentions the name of it. Especially when you start trying to discuss different types of preventatives and anti-inflammatory medications since there are so many out there.
What should be on it?
In my document, I list preventative medications, abortive, anti-inflammatory, and pain medications. With these medications, I note the dosage and effect the medication provided. I also have a section for treatments, such as nerve block injections and Botox. I have also started including an additional page that lists current medications that I am using and what my primary concerns are for the time being.
This may seem silly to some, but when you are actually talking with the doctor, sometimes you can forget to bring up particular concerns or issues you may have and only remember later after the appointment is over.
No need to be fancy
There is no need to worry about making this document fancy or ultra-professional. Simply having it should make the communication and the appointment with you and your new doctor flow much easier. At the very least, it allows them to have a quick review of all of the treatment options you have been through with your chronic migraine.
I like to have it typed, but it most certainly does not have to be. That is simply my personal preference. Although I will suggest if you take the time to type it up, keep multiple copies of it on different flash drives and hard drives just in case one of them decides to die on you. Maintaining a printed copy with your medical records binder would also be a great backup.
Do you use anything similar to track the medications and treatments you have tried over the time you have been dealing with chronic migraine?
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