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....
You have new nausea and vomiting, or you cannot keep
food or liquids down.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor if:
Your headache wakes you up at
Your headaches get worse or happen more
You start to have new symptoms.
You have any
problems with your medicine.
You have new or more frequent
Your headaches occur after physical exercise, sexual
activity, coughing, or sneezing.
Your life is disrupted by your
headaches (for example, you miss work or school regularly).
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see
approach. If your headache gets better on its own, you won't need treatment. If
it gets worse or you get headaches often, you and your
doctor will decide what to do next.
Watchful waiting and using
over-the-counter pain medicines work well if
your tension headaches don't keep you from doing
the things you want to do. But if your headaches are
disrupting your life, talk to your doctor about other treatments that you could
Who to see
Most health professionals can recognize
and treat tension headaches. You may seek treatment from any of the