Making a Migraine Diagnosis

Monday, March 19, 2012 3:28
Posted in category Alternative Medicine

The most important factor in the diagnosis of migraine is the history of the patient’s symptoms. To make the diagnosis of migraine and to rule out a more serious condition, doctors will begin by asking questions about the patient’s symptoms, prior history of health problems, medication use, habits, and family history.

They will then perform a physical examination, paying particular attention to tests of vision, muscle strength, coordination, reflexes, and balance.

Doctors may also ask to have a CT scan (Computed Axial Tomography) or MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of the patient’s head to get a detailed picture of the brain.

These imaging tests are not necessary to diagnose headaches, but doctors may order them to rule out other conditions, such as tumors or blood vessel malformations, which can cause headaches. Most important in making the diagnosis of migraine, however, will be the patient’s symptoms.

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