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.