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How is a migraine without aura diagnosed?

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Your doctor will want to be sure that there are no other causes for your headache. So, it’s likely he or she will do physical and perhaps neurologic exams. Your doctor also will ask you about your health history, including questions like:

  • Do other people in your family have migraines or other kinds of headaches?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • What is the level of stress in your life?
  • Do you use medications such as birth control pills or vasodilators that could cause headaches?
  • Do you notice that headaches start after coughing or sneezing or after intense exercise?

From: Migraine Headaches Without Aura WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: eMedicine.com: "Headache, Migraine." International Headache Society: "International Classification of Headache Disorders, edition 2." eMedicineHealth.com: "Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Migraines and Headaches." eMedicine.com: "Migraine Headache: Pediatric Perspective." News release, FDA.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

SOURCES: eMedicine.com: "Headache, Migraine." International Headache Society: "International Classification of Headache Disorders, edition 2." eMedicineHealth.com: "Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Migraines and Headaches." eMedicine.com: "Migraine Headache: Pediatric Perspective." News release, FDA.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

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