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How is the cause of migraines and headaches diagnosed?

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After completing the headache history portion of the evaluation, the doctor will perform a complete physical and neurological exam. The doctor will look for signs and symptoms of an illness that may be causing the headaches, such as:

  • Fever or abnormalities in breathing, pulse, or blood pressure
  • Infection
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Changes in personality, inappropriate behavior
  • Mental confusion
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Excessive fatigue, wanting to sleep all of the time
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle weakness, numbness, or tingling
  • Speech difficulties
  • Balance problems, falling
  • Dizziness
  • Vision changes (blurry vision, double vision, blind spots)

SOURCE: 

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 10, 2019

SOURCE: 

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 10, 2019

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