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Migraine Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you keeping a headache diary? Can we review it?
  • How many migraines have you had in the last month? In the last year, how many migraines do you have in any given month?
  • How long does a typical migraine attack last?
  • How well is your migraine medicine relieving your pain and other symptoms?
  • How would you rate your current level of stress? Does it seem better or worse than the last time we met?
  • How much sleep are you getting on a typical night?
  • Describe your symptoms. In addition to pain, do you experience nausea, vomiting, vision changes, or sensitivity to light, smells or touch?
  • Do you notice any changes or problems, such as vision problems in the days leading up to a headache? Or in the 24-hour period afterwards?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms?
  • How often do you get headaches? How severe is your pain and other symptoms?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • Does anyone in your family get migraines?
  • What side effects are you noticing with your migraine medicine?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have migraine headaches?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • What tests do I need to rule out other serious causes of headache?
  • What treatments are available for migraine headaches?
  • How do lifestyle habits and factors play a role in migraine headaches?
  • What is most likely causing or triggering my migraine headaches?
  • How can I best avoid these triggers? What changes do I need to make?
  • What medicine do you recommend to treat my migraines?
  • What side effects are possible with this medicine? Is it potentially addictive?
  • What options do I have if this medicine is not helping?
  • Is it possible to prevent migraines? Is this an option for me?
  • Are there other migraine medicines with fewer side effects?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my migraines?
  • Do you believe my headaches are migraines or some other form of headache? What makes you think this?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 17
  1. Migraine. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
  2. Migraine Facts. Migraine Research Foundation.
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