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Your Guide to Preventing Migraines

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At Your Appointment

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.
  • 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?
  • How are chronic migraines different from other migraines?
  • How is treatment of chronic migraine different from other migraine?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 17
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  1. Migraine. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
  2. Migraine Facts. Migraine Research Foundation.