Frequent headaches can be debilitating, interfering with your work and relationships. All headaches are not alike, and the causes are still not totally understood. However, much progress has been made in headache treatment in the last decade or two, and the headache patient's first line of defense is to collect as much accurate data as possible about their headaches.
Although much progress has been made in headache treatment in the last 20 years, many headache sufferers are unaware of the advances that have been made. Unfortunately, only a small minority of patients currently receive the most beneficial therapy. To be able to prescribe the best course of treatment and optimize your care, your doctor needs to know detailed information about your headaches such as the number of headaches over time, severity, the amount of disability and any medication currently being used. A comprehensive headache diary is a vital tool for parents and doctors alike, taking the guesswork out of tracking your headaches and making it easier to your doctor to find the best course of treatment.
All headaches are not the same. To best treat a patient, the physician or other healthcare professional must be able to classify the type of headaches the patient's are having. Neurologists and other headache specialists use the International Headache Society (IHS) Criteria to classify headaches. According to these criteria, there are three common types of primary headaches 1. (A primary headache is a headache which is not caused by another disease.) The three common types of primary headache are:
This educational content was written by Brian D. Loftus, MD, a neurologist, headache specialist and developer of iHeadache. The science and study of headaces is changing rapidly. If there is information on this page that is incorrect or needs revision, please contact us.
iHeadache is a comprehensive electronic headache diary that tracks how many headaches you are having, your disability, medication usage, triggers, pain and more.
Originally developed for the iPhone and BlackBerry, iHeadache is now available online. Your data is available, at a glance or in detail, when you need it.
Share your data with your doctor to optimize your treatment plan. Accurate data tracking helps your doctor determine what works and what doesn't.