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What information about a headache is important for diagnosis?

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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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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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