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Migraine Log – Control Week

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I wrote a few days ago that I was going to start treating my migraines again and that I’m trying a medicine called Petadolex.  Today was my first day taking it.  I might not see effects for 3 months, which, in my experience, is typical for migraine preventatives.

I’ve been keeping a headache journal so that I’ll be able to tell if it’s actually helping, especially if my migraine frequency is only reduced by a small percentage.  I’m going to be giving weekly updates.  I’ll be recording days with headache and cloudy/rainy/snowy days, which are my major migraine trigger.  What I hope to see is a decrease in days with headache, regardless of the number of days with bad weather.

December 3 – December 9

Days with headache: 5

Cloudy/snowy/rainy days:  4

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5 Comments

  1. You should over the months graph this!

    (Heck, maybe run some stats at the end of the 3 months to see if you guess is true….)

  2. Isn’t it gorgeous how math and pain go so well together. Blech.
    *hugs your head*

  3. Oh Eugenie, you’ve read my mind 🙂 I’m definitely planning on doing that. I’m pretty sure I know enough stats to do it, too!

  4. You might want to divide days along two binary axes (weather good/bad and headache yes/no) if you’re not already, rather than simply reporting them individually. That will let you use contingency tables and give you finer-scale data, as well as letting you see if the improvement is just on bad weather days or on all days.

    good luck!

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