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Finding the Right Chronic Migraine Treatment

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At Your Appointment

Chronic Migraine Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor's appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How many migraines have you had in the last month? Are you keeping a chronic migraine headache diary? Can we review it?
  • What medications are you currently taking to treat your migraine?
  • How many times have you used your acute migraine medicine to try to break the attack in the last month?
  • How well do you think your preventive migraine medicine is working?
  • Do you have symptoms of anxiety, depression or snoring? Have you ever been diagnosed with these conditions that are related to chronic migraine?
  • How would you rate your current stress level? Your sleep quality? Your caffeine use?
  • How many days out of the month do you have any type of headache? How long have you had this many headaches each month?
  • In addition to headache pain, do you experience nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light or sound?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst pain ever, how severe is your headache pain?
  • What medications are you currently taking?
  • How many days out of the month do you have migraine headache pain?
  • Do you have a history of migraines (up to 14 migraines a month)?
  • Are you keeping a headache diary? Can we review it?
  • How are chronic migraines different from other migraines?
  • How is treatment of chronic migraine different from other migraine?
  • What is medication overuse headache?
  • What treatment options are available to prevent chronic migraine headaches?
  • Do I have underlying chronic migraine risk factors that we need to address?
  • What role do non-medication treatments, such as biofeedback, play in managing chronic migraine?
  • Does the frequency of my headaches mean I have chronic migraine?
  • How do you diagnose chronic migraine?
  • Does the frequency of my headaches mean I have chronic migraine?
  • Do I have risk factors for chronic migraine?
  • Could an underlying medical condition be causing my headaches?
  • Do I need testing to rule out other serious causes of chronic headaches?
  • What treatments are available for chronic migraine headaches?
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Last Review Date: 2020 Dec 16
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