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what are the tests for migraine headaches?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 48 years experience
Primarily History: Migraine can generally be diagnosed from history. Some historical factors may signal the need for more extensive testing such as ct, MRI or eeg.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
It is a clinical Dx: Migraine is a DX made by knowledgable clinician that takes a very careful history and physical exam. Test or consults needed to rule out anemia, thyroid, sinus, dental, eye problems, brain masses, neuralgias, food reax. If no cause is found, then DX is primary migraine, in which all tests r negative. There are excellent treatments for migraine, so work w neuro till best rx or prevention found.
Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine 35 years experience
No specific tests: There are no diagnostic tests for migraine headaches. Migraine is a syndrome for which there is a genetic predisposition. Migraine headaches tend to occur in genetically predisposed individuals during times that the individual is more vulnerable and in response to specific triggers. For more information see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/

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What tests are used to find out if I have migraine or other headaches?

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Dr. Mark Tosca
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History : Migraine is diagnosed by your history. Classically migraine is associated with an aura, nausea and/or light sensitivity. But there a number of migraine variants. Imaging is not necessary to diagnose migraine but there is often a pattern on MRI that is suggestive of migraine. More often imaging is ordered (ct or mri) to rule out another cause of headache.

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