There are many different diaries and apps you can try.
Some people find recording their symptoms, medications and triggers empowering and useful, others find that the constant recording of being sick takes a toll on their mental health. As a general rule, the only time to really use a diary is when you're in a transition phase - for example, there's been a big shift in your migraine attacks and you're trying to figure out what is going on, or you're changing medication and want to know if it is really helping or not.
MiMAP stands for Migraine Management and Action Plan, and it is a complete management and measurement program which we are developing ourselves using the feedback of our members. Only the Action Plan is available so far: this is a step by step plan you can fill out with your doctor to help you know what to do as an attack escalates. It is particularly useful for those who have really bad brain fog and can't make decisions, or may need to go to hospital as part of their attack management.
Download the MiMAP Attack Plan (PDF)
You don't need a special migraine diary, you can just keep notes in an ordinary journal or diary. Your neurologist may also have a diary format they prefer.
Here are a couple of popular printed diaries:
- 2021 migraine diary by Aspen Pharma, year long calendar.
- 2021 event diary by Aspen Pharma (better for those for whom headache is not the most bothersome symptom)
- List-style headache diary by the National Headache Society
- The Migraine Trust diary for trigger identification
- Weekly and monthly diary from MigraineAgain
There are many migraine phone apps, as well as headache apps and chronic pain apps that are used by people with migraine. Migraine Australia does not endorse any of them: you need to find what works for you.
- Migraine Buddy iPhone | Android
- N1 Headache iPhone
- Headache log Android
- Migraine Insight iPhone | Android
- Migraine monitor iPhone |Android
- iHeadache iPhone