How is chronic migraine diagnosed?

Your doctor will take a detailed medical history. The doctor will ask about:

  • Your pattern of migraine pain, including when and how migraines begin; if they are episodic or continuous; how long the migraine lasts; if there are any triggers or factors that make the migraine worse.
  • Your description of the pain, including its location, sensation, and severity.
  • Other symptoms that accompany the pain, such as auras, lack of energy, stiff neck, dizziness, changes in vision or in senses, and nausea/vomiting.
  • Your current and previously tried treatments, including when the medications are taken, dosages, outcome and side effects and use of alternative or complementary therapies.
  • Your medical history including other health problems (especially sleep problems, depression, anxiety or fibromyalgia), family history of headache, current non-headache medications, and lifestyle choices (smoker, alcohol consumption, caffeine intake).

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