You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The cause of a headache can be hard to find out. The doctor will ask about how often you get headaches and if they come in a pattern. Keep a diary of:
Tests to find out the cause are:
Images are done to check internal structures for problems. Some tests may use contrast material to make the images easier to see. These may be:
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Headache—frequently asked questions. National Headache Foundation website. Available at: https://headaches.org/about/frequently-asked-questions/. Accessed January 11, 2019.
Migraine in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114718/Migraine-in-adults. Updated November 8, 2018. Accessed December 19, 2018.
NINDS headache information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Headache-Information-Page. Accessed December 19, 2018.
Tension-type headache. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114522/Tension-type-headache. Updated March 20, 2018. Accessed December 19, 2018.
Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 1/16/2019