What information about a headache is important for diagnosis?
It is also important to tell your doctor how you feel when you get a headache and what happens when you get a headache, such as:
- Where the pain is located
- What it feels like
- How severe the headache pain is, using a scale from one (mild) to 10 (severe)
- How long the headache lasts
- If the headaches appear suddenly without warning or with accompanying symptoms
- What time of day the headache usually occurs
- If there is an aura (changes in vision, blind spots, or bright lights) before the headache
- What other symptoms or warning signs occur with a headache (such as weakness, nausea, sensitivity to light or noise, appetite changes, changes in attitude or behavior)
- How frequently you get headaches
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