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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 headaches occur
  • Severity How bad the headache is compared to others that you have had (Is it more or less painful?)
  • Duration How long each headache lasts
  • Response to medicines Which medication you took and how well it worked
  • 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.

Last updated March 11, 2010




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