How Do You Know If You Have Migraines?
Any person-adult or child-who has "the worst headache of my life", that does not resolve with standard over-the-counter therapy, should contact their physician immediately. While the diagnosis may be a migraine, this diagnosis can only be made after other serious and even life-threatening problems are considered and ruled out. If it is a migraine, there are now many preventive and therapeutic regimens. See your doctor!
Take Dr. Donnica's Decisionnaire ™ to see if your headache pain
is migraine. Check off all that apply and take this list with you to consult
Consult your physician immediately if:
|___ || Your headache pain is generally on one side of the head.|
|___ || The pain is pulsating or throbbing.|
|___ || The pain is worsened by routine physical activities.|
|___ || The pain is moderate to severe in intensity.|
|___ || The pain inhibits or prohibits your usual activities.|
|___ || The pain is accompanied by nausea or vomiting.|
|___ || The pain is accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound.|
|___ || The pain is brought on by any of the triggers listed here. |
|___ || You can often feel the headache coming on.|
|___ || You get 2 or more moderate to severe headaches per week.|
|___ || Your severe headaches occur in the 2-3 days before your period.|
|___ || Your pain is so severe that it requires bed rest.|
|___ || Your pain does not go away within 48 hours.|
|___ || You get a severe headache from caffeine withdrawal or eating Chinese food
(sometimes high in MSG).|
|___ || Your headache is the worst headache of your life.|
|___ || Your headache is accompanied by fever and a stiff neck.|
|___ || Your headaches begin after or are caused by head injury, exertion, coughing
|___ || You experience your first severe headache after the age of 50.
|___ ||You have visual changes/disturbances immediately before the headache or
along with it.
|___ ||You have numbness or tingling along one side of the body. |
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Created: 9/22/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.