Headache Care Toolkit for Patients
Living with headaches can be very difficult, but most people can be helped if they get good medical advice.
Many kinds of headache can be treated by changing medications, adjusting diet and making healthy lifestyle choices. We want you to be able to treat your headaches effectively without having to come often to the emergency room.
Everyone with headache problems should have a primary care provider. This is the main person you should go to for help with your headaches and your general health. If you do not have a primary care provider, you need to get one. Primary care providers are usually doctors, but may also be nurse practitioners or physician assistants who work with doctors.
The kit includes:
- Information about migraine headache, medication overuse headache, and working with your primary care provider to avoid the emergency room
- A sample headache diary that you can fill out and bring to your primary care provider
- Information on diet changes that might help reduce your headaches
The UW Health Pain Care Team hopes this information helps you to have fewer and milder headaches:
Headache Care Toolkit for Patients (pdf)