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What will my doctor ask me to do to help diagnose my migraine?

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Your doctor may ask you to keep track of your headaches for a few weeks -- when you get them, your symptoms before and during them, and anything that seems to trigger them. These patterns can help your doctor decide if your headaches are migraines.

Your doctor will also want to know whether headaches run in your family. Plus, he or she will do a careful physical exam to make sure you don't have any other symptoms that point to another health problem as the source of your headaches.

SOURCES: 

Young, W. Demos Medical publishing, 2004.  Migraines and Other Headaches,

Blumenfeld, A. , April 2004.  Dermatology Clinic

Sheftell F. August 2005. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on August 17, 2017

SOURCES: 

Young, W. Demos Medical publishing, 2004.  Migraines and Other Headaches,

Blumenfeld, A. , April 2004.  Dermatology Clinic

Sheftell F. August 2005. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on August 17, 2017

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