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Electronic Diaries Help Track Migraines

They can predict the onset of attacks, new research says

MONDAY, March 24, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- Electronic diaries can help people who suffer from migraines predict the start of attacks.

Being able to predict migraines may help improve the chances of minimizing or preventing them and can provide important insights into the condition, says a study in the March 25 issue of Neurology.

That could include taking daily preventative medication or taking medications while the migraine is in progress.

The multi-center study included 97 people in England, Denmark and the United States who were given hand-held electronic diaries and told to record any non-headache symptoms each day for three months.

The study found that 72 percent of the study participants who reported fatigue, stiff neck or difficulty concentrating suffered a migraine within 72 hours of recording those symptoms at least 50 percent of the time.

The most common reported symptom was tiredness (72 percent), concentration difficulty (51 percent), and stiff neck (50 percent). As the people moved into the actual migraine phase, those symptoms became more pronounced.

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SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, news release, March 24, 2003
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