A Personal Action Plan
From the Aetna Migraine Management Program
An important part of the Aetna Migraine Management Program is setting a plan of action. The plan will help you control and even reduce the number of migraines you get.
The best way to do this is to tell your doctor about your migraine headaches. Most people do not make a
special appointment to do this. Instead, they wait until they see their doctor for some other reason. They mention their headache problem then.
You may want to make a special
appointment with your doctor. Use this time to just talk about your headaches. You and your doctor can create a plan
that's just for you to help manage your migraines.
Keep a headache diary.
Write down your headache symptoms.
And keep track of medicines used to
treat your headaches. You can share
these details with your doctor. This
can help you and your doctor to spot
patterns and triggers. This will help you
understand when headaches are most
likely to happen and the best treatment
for you. When you fill out your diary,
try to include the following:
- Frequency – How often your
- Severity – How bad the headache is
compared to others that you have had
(Is it more or less painful?)
- Duration – How long each
- Response to medicines – Which
medication you took and how well it
- Triggers – Any factors that you think
might have turned on your migraine
- Side effects of medicines –
Problems that you think might be
caused by your medication
Make a list of information to share
with your doctor, such as:
- How migraines affect your life
- Other medications you are taking
Some medicines can interact with drugs
to treat migraines. This can happen with
antidepressants or medicine for high blood
pressure. The result could be serious side
effects. Other medicines, like birth control
pills, could make your migraine headaches
worse. Or they could cause other problems.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you
take. These include prescriptions, medicines
you buy without a prescription, vitamins,
and herbal or "natural" products.
Use this action plan to keep a record of the suggestions and goals you and your doctor decide are best for you. Look at your plan regularly to make sure you are following it.