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Should I talk to my doctor about my migraine headache symptoms?

A rule of thumb is that if your migraines affect your quality of life in either intensity or frequency, you would benefit from a discussion with your doctor about your migraines. A doctor has many tools, many of which are not medications, to help someone with a migraine. On average, a person waits 7 years to get treatment for migraines. That is too long for someone to suffer needlessly from a treatable condition.
Dr. Dawn Marcus
Neurologist

Make sure you give your doctor complete information about your migraines and any other health problems. Migraine symptoms you need to tell your doctor about include:

  • How often you get a migraine
  • How long your migraines usually last
  • How disabling your migraines are—for example, do you miss work or school because of your headaches, or do you miss going to family functions or social activities because of headaches, or because you're afraid you might get a headache?
  • What treatments you have tried in the past
  • Whether you also get other headaches regularly

Make sure you tell your doctor about:

  • Other medical conditions that you're being treated for
  • Any history of head or neck trauma or surgery
  • All of the pills you take and their dosages—including over-the counter and natural remedies. It's best to bring in all of your medications for every visit to make sure your doctor knows exactly what you're taking.
  • Any other treatment you're getting
  • Plans for conception and possible pregnancy
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

Migraines are a common, controllable type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the United States alone. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit helps readers take charge of...

Yes. You should let your doctor know about your migraine symptoms especially if you have any additional symptoms such as vision changes, lack of sensation on one part of the face or body, or weakness on one side. One may have classic symptoms of vision changes and tingling in the hand but if this changes to something different, an evaluation by a neurologist is recommended to make sure there is no other cause for those symptoms.

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