The “I Tried It” Summary

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 have a log of the medications and treatments that I have tried in the past for an easy review.

Why I think the 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 prior to 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 to 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 do take the time to type it up, keep multiple copies of it on different flash drives and hard drives in case one of them decides to die on you. Maintaining a printed copy in with your medical records binder would also be a great back up.

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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  • mrsmac1202
    1 year ago

    I so wish I’d kept a list of all the meds, herbals, and other treatments I’ve tried over the years. Every time you see a new doctor you go through your history and they want to know and at this point I just don’t remember, especially if I’m not having a great day. And there’s no way I remember dosages. My neuro moved her practice at one point and I had to start all over making things even more difficult. Sure wish I’d known to do this a long time ago.

  • Amanda Workman moderator author
    10 months ago

    You can always request a copy of your medical records from any past doctors you have seen. Then you can create a binder to help you out for those future appointments.
    Amanda Workman

  • Bean
    1 year ago

    A few weeks ago, someone I follow on Twitter posted a template for a short health summary. It was almost like a medical resume. I thought that was a great idea, so I whipped up my own version. It not only lists the many treatments I have tried, but my symptoms, current medications, and other tidbits of information that I find I end up explaining to every new practitioner. I may try it out the next time I see a new doctor and see what they think. If you need a resource for creating a list of “tried” treatments, the Jefferson Headache Center’s new patient intake forms (found by Googling) include a great list.

  • marycr8on
    1 year ago

    Thanks for the suggestion about using the form from the Jefferson Headache Center, Bean. I am going fill it out to bring with me to my next appointment. I think it would be a good tool for any new doctor/patient dealing with migraines. I would have been better prepared when I went to see my latest doctor if I had done something like this before I even saw him and he would have had a much better idea of what I’m dealing with, as well. I write things down to talk about and still forget half of what I want to cover, once I get in to see a doctor. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  • DawnW3296
    1 year ago

    Thank you! Yes! Seems so obvious, and yet … I haven’t done this. I just changed insurance (AGAIN) and may have to switch Dr’s next year. I’ve only been dealing with migraines & comorbid conditions for about 4 years, but we’ve done a lot of trial & error in that relatively short time. Most significantly I think I need to add the reactions I had to 4 different medications so I NEVER have a Dr mistakenly try them again. >getting right on my list now<

  • marycr8on
    1 year ago

    I really wish I would have started doing that 30 or so years ago. Like you, I have been on so many medications, I really don’t remember a lot them until I hear the names. I don’t remember why I stopped taking most of them, either and that’s a question the doctors always ask. How long ago did you start keeping a document like this, Amanda? I have been thinking of trying to make one, too but I don’t even know where to begin. I do have a printout of all the drugs filled for me from the pharmacy I used to use. I would have to get a similar print out from the pharmacy I use now. It sounds like a very daunting task to start at this late date.

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