Errors of Living, by John R Graham

The John R. Graham Headache Center strives for excellence in management of headache. We are dedicated to finding a solution to the problem of migraine.

In 1955, John R Graham, the founder of the headache center that now bears his name, wrote a short book on the treatment of migraine. It is hard to find today but does carry some useful advice from a time when abortive therapies for migraine were few and there were essentially no preventive medications.  Some of his advice he listed under “Errors of Living” which have been abstracted below. Some of this advice still rings true more than 50 years later.


Errors of Living (made by migraine patients)

By John R Graham from Treatment of Migraine;  Little, Brown and Company, 1955.

Poor meals-skimpy breakfasts and lunches and large dinners eaten in a state of fatigue

Irregular hours for meals-( or missing meals).

Morning deadlines- too little time is allowed between the rising hour and the scramble for school and office

Sleeping late on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

Lack of breaks in the day

Overcrowded schedules

Failure to take proper vacations

Failure to get away from their children periodically

Excessive participation in community and church activities

Overanxiety regarding preparations for guests, etc

Long automobile trips

Acting as chairman (because nobody else will accept) -migraine patients do not delegate work to others.

Making up for lost time – as soon as the patients are over one attack, the usually rush to repair losses.

Suffering petty wrongs in silence- until they mount to unbearable heights

Aiming for impossible goals

Lack of exercise

Lack of recreation

See how many of these seem familiar to you and reflect for a moment on how choices you make day in and day out might be influencing your migraine pattern.

Yoga and Migraine, Harvard Health Publication


Welcome to this new website about headache. We hope to provide new and useful information in the field of headache that highlights treatment and research advances. First up this link:


 to a Harvard Health Publication Blog on healthy living. This issue discusses the benefits of yoga in migraine patients. Look around though for other migraine information and other healthy living topics. It is very well done and very informative.

Track Your Headaches

There are many headache calendars or diaries. Many headache docs seem to have their own favorite. Below is the one I use with my patients. It can be printed, filled out and brought in to the visit for review and discussion. There are also several mobile apps. Feel free to try it:

Printable Headache Calendar

And this, courtesy of one of our patients, is an Excel spreadsheet calendar that can be downloaded and used to monitor and graph your headache pattern:

Headache Calendar 2012