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Will additional tests will be needed to determine the cause of my headache?

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Additional tests may be needed to look for other medical conditions that may be causing your headaches or migraines. Keep in mind that most of these laboratory tests are not helpful in diagnosing migraine, cluster, or tension headaches. These additional tests include:

  • Blood chemistry and urinalysis tests
  • A CT scan
  • An MRI
  • A sinus X-ray
  • An electroencephalogram
  • An eye exam
  • A spinal tap

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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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