Are there other reasons to image the brains of people with migraine?
The main reason would be if some other diagnosis is suspected. The patient’s symptoms or findings on the physical examination may suggest that there is a significant chance of finding another cause , other than migraine for the patient’s headache. Are there other reasons to…
Are any tests needed for the diagnosis of migraine?
There is no test that will diagnose migraine for you or your doctor.Migraine is diagnosed based upon the person’s symptoms. There is no test for migraine. All blood tests, x-rays such as brain CT scans, and other diagnostic imaging tests including brain MRI scans are…
What is a migraine with aura?
Some people with migraine will have an aura before their headache attacks. Less than a third of people with migraine will have an aura with at least some of their headache attacks, and only a small minority, perhaps one in nine migraine patients will have…
What is migraine?
Migraine is a chronic biological disorder that makes an individual prone to recurrent headache attacks. It is called chronic because it can cause repeated headache attacks for many years. Migraine is not the only cause of repeated headaches, but can be distinguished from other…
Do I have sinus headache or migraine?
People with migraine are often diagnosed as having another type of headache or condition, particularly tension-type headache and sinus headache. Sinusitis does not usually cause recurring headache attacks over a timespan of months or years. Acute sinusitis can cause headache, but the diagnosis is usually…
Which headache types are common?
People who are seeking medical help for their headaches usually have migraine. Although tension type headaches are more common than migraine about 40% of people have tension type headaches from time to time, the headache attacks are not usually as severe as those of migraine….
Are there many types of headaches?
There are more than 200 in the International Headache Society classification! They can be divided in 2 categories: primary headaches and secondary headaches. For instance, migraine is a primary headache. All headaches are caused by the activation of brain areas that process pain signals from…
What is a tension headache?
A tension type headache is very different from a migraine. It is actually its opposite! How can you differentiate it from a migraine attack? You have a headache that you can recognise at the onset, which occurs once in a while: – Light to moderate,…
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