How are migraines diagnosed?

To make the diagnosis of migraine, your doctor will conduct a thorough medical history. In addition, he or she will ask you to:

  • Describe your headache symptoms
  • Describe the type and location of your pain
  • Tell how often you get migraine headaches
  • Talk about the activities or the situations that may have brought on the migraine
  • Discuss what medications you take to relieve the pain and how often you take them
  • Tell how you felt before, during, and after the headache

Your doctor may also order blood tests and imaging tests (such as a CT scan or MRI) to make sure there are no other causes for your headache. An electroencephalogram (EEG) may be ordered to rule out seizures.

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