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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Migraines and Headaches

Since you were recently diagnosed with migraines, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

1. How can I identify my headache "triggers"?

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Understanding Migraines -- Diagnosis and Treatment

There is no specific test to diagnose a migraine headache. If you seek help from your health care provider for recurring headaches, you may be asked to keep a headache diary in which you record information about symptoms leading up to a headache, symptoms of the actual headache, and possible triggers that may have provoked the episode. Your health care provider will want to take a careful history to determine any patterns to your headaches and to learn whether such headaches run in your family....

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2. What should I keep track of in a headache diary?

3. Could any of my medications (such as birth control pills) be making my headaches worse?

4. Is there a chance my migraines or headaches might go away in a few years?

5. Can hypnosis, biofeedback, or other non-drug treatments help?

6. Could over-the-counter drugs be strong enough to ease my headache pain?

7. Am I a good candidate for medications that prevent migraines?

8. What are the potential side effects of the medications you have prescribed?

9. What can I do to minimize those side effects?

10. Are there some lifestyle changes that might help, such as exercise or meditation?

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on October 18, 2012

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