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How are silent migraines diagnosed?

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Headache experts don’t always agree, but they all say a daily headache diary is essential for diagnosis. Keep track of everything you eat and drink, changes in your sleep or stress levels, and other possible triggers. Also, keep track of your symptoms and the times they begin and end. Your diary and your medical history will help your doctor figure out what's going on.

Rarely, your symptoms could be a sign of a different, more serious medical problem, such as a stroke or bleeding in the brain. To rule these out, your doctor may want to do more tests, such as a CT scan or MRI, or have you see a neurologist for an exam.

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Headache - Frequently Asked Questions."

National Library of Medicine: "Migraine with Aura."

Migraine Research Foundation: "About Migraine."

eMedicine.com: "Pathophysiology and Treatment of Migraine and Related Headache."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "21st Century Prevention and Management of Migraine Headaches."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 23, 2020

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Headache - Frequently Asked Questions."

National Library of Medicine: "Migraine with Aura."

Migraine Research Foundation: "About Migraine."

eMedicine.com: "Pathophysiology and Treatment of Migraine and Related Headache."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "21st Century Prevention and Management of Migraine Headaches."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 23, 2020

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