Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Headaches

If you get migraines or other serious headaches, you’ll need to work closely with your doctor to get the relief you need. Take these 10 questions to your next appointment to get started.

  1. How can I pinpoint what triggers my headache?
  2. What should I keep track of in a headache diary?
  3. Could any of my medicines (such as birth control pills) be making my migraines worse?
  4. Is there a chance my migraines might go away in a few years?
  5. Can hypnosis, biofeedback, or other nondrug treatments help?
  6. Could over-the-counter drugs be strong enough to ease my pain? If so how much should I take and how often should I take them?
  7. Would prescription medications that prevent migraines be likely to help me?
  8. What are the side effects of the drugs you have prescribed? What can I do to handle or prevent them?
  9. Are there some lifestyle changes that might help prevent my headaches, such as diet, exercise or meditation?
  10. How might my migraines affect my life, and what changes, if any, should I make?
WebMD 10 Questions Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD on February 13, 2017
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