You’ve just seen your doctor for your migraine or headache. You definitely want to get most from your appointment. I am providing you few tips to optimize the impact of every appointment on your migraine management.
Make notes about this appointment
If you’ve taken notes during the appointment, make sure they are complete and will be easy to understand later on when you refer to them. So review your notes, and then store them for future reference.
Make a list of questions you didn’t ask
You can always call your doctor’s office with your questions. Note all the answers and store each one of them with notes from your appointment.
Keep all your Migraine information organized
Whether you want to keep all the information in printed or written format, or on your computer, keeping it properly organized will save lot of problems and will also save time. Important information to keep:
- List of all questions which you’ve made to ask your doctor, and the answers
- Your migraine diary
- Notes on medications you have tried
- Any other information you’ve accumulated
If you plan to keep this information on your computer, choose to save all the files and name each one of them so that they are easy to identify. If you choose to print this information or just want to keep hand-written notes, a small file box or binder can be helpful in keeping them organized so you can easily find what you need.
Fill any new prescriptions your doctor gave you and also file the patient information sheet from the new prescription(s)
Whether you decide to put patient information sheets in a notebook, folder, or somewhere else, it is helpful to keep them in an alphabetical order so it’s easy to find the one you immediately need. We all need this kind of information when we don’t feel well, so simple is always the best.
Reorganize your medications
If there are some medications you no longer need, dispose all of them safely or place them at some safe place in case you need them again later.
Opiods and other migraine medications that can be abused or sale on the streets should always be locked at some safe place, out of the reach of anyone who might come into your house.
Because of fluctuation of humidity and temperature, the kitchen and bathroom are not perfect places to store medications.
Update your family and friends
Anyone who helps you during your migraine attack should be updated on anything you learned at your appointment, including treatment changes. When you’re hit with a migraine, it’s impossible to tell someone what you need. So, it’s better to tell them in advance and also inform them on the place where you leave notes about what medication or other help you need at those times.
Take stock on a regular basis
It’s easy to ignore things that might rock the boat. That includes changing migraine patterns, medication side effects, and other health related issues. Giving in to that temptation can result in you not feeling as well as you might. Once a fortnight, or more frequently, stop and take a stock of how you feel. Take a close look at your migraine diary. Are you getting the desired relief from your migraine medication? Are these medications producing some side effects? Have your migraines changed in intensity or frequency? If there are some issues that shouldn’t wait until your next appointment, immediately call your doctor’s office.
It’s not right to blame everything happening in your life on migraines
Especially, if you’re suffering from chronic migraine, it’s easy to blame everything on your condition. After all, who wants to deal with more health issues? Strange or new symptoms, especially if they occur between migraines, may indicate some other health issue. You should not assume they these symptoms are “just migraine”. They can be or may not be, and it’s best to take good care of your health overall as a part of smart migraine management. Better health means you are less susceptible to your migraine triggers.
Take your emotional, intellectual, and spiritual “temperature”
Remember that depression and migraine are comobrid conditions. If you’ve depression-sleeping to escape, lack of interest in daily activities, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite, concentration issues, not taking any pleasures in life-immediately check in with your doctor to see if you need any treatment for depression.
It’s not good to ignore the “spiritual” side either. This is not always the religion. It can mean your belief in higher being, your philosophy of life, and so on. All this is a part of being healthy.
Be proactive and diligent…
Migraine can be hard to cope with. So continue learning about your condition, medications and general health.
Keep in mind that person with most at stake needs to be in charge. When it comes to your health, you should never compromise. Your doctor, of course, has something at stake in your treatment, but for you, it’s a matter of your life. You are in charge. You are ultimately responsible for your health.