Migraine Diagnosis Criteria

There is no one-size-fits-all approach that a doctor takes to provide a migraine diagnosis. Instead, a doctor uses different migraine diagnosis criteria to analyze a patient and his or her migraine symptoms. Migraine diagnosis criteria often includes:

  • Medical History: A doctor reviews the severity and frequency of a patient’s headaches, how a patient’s headaches impact his or her ability to engage in daily activities and a patient’s family history of headaches.
  • Patient Evaluation: A physical and neurological evaluation helps a doctor assess a patient’s headaches, as well as explore potential treatment options.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan: An MRI scan allows a doctor to view detailed images of a patient’s brain and blood vessels; in doing so, an MRI scan helps a doctor identify bleeding in the brain, infections and other brain and nervous system disorders.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan: A CT scan involves the use of various X-rays that produce cross-sectional images of a patient’s brain; a CT scan helps a doctor identify brain damage, tumors and other medical issues that contribute to a patient’s headaches.

In some instances, a doctor recommends a patient keep a migraine diary to track his or her headache symptoms. When diagnosing migraines, a doctor may use a patient’s migraine diary to understand when a patient’s headaches happen, along with various factors that may lead to headaches. With this information in hand, a doctor is better equipped than ever before to provide an accurate migraine diagnosis.

How To Diagnose Migraines

For people who believe they are dealing with migraines, there is no need to wait to seek out help. By meeting with a doctor, an individual can take the initial step to pursue treatment for his or her headache pain.

If a doctor believes a patient is dealing with migraines, he or she may recommend medication to treat migraine symptoms. Yet medication won’t necessarily treat a patient’s migraine symptoms. Sometimes, migraine medications cause nausea, vomiting or other intolerable side effects. In certain cases, migraine medications do not deliver migraine pain relief.

Patients who have been diagnosed with chronic migraines and find that their current medications are ineffective can meet with Dr. Jonathan Cabin of The Migraine Institute to explore additional migraine treatment options. Dr. Cabin works closely with a chronic migraine patient to analyze his or her symptoms and uncover the root cause of these symptoms. He then crafts a personalized treatment plan to help a patient manage his or her migraine pain.

Schedule a Chronic Migraine Treatment Consultation with Dr. Cabin Today

To learn more about how Dr. Cabin treats chronic migraines, please contact us online or call us today at 310.461.0303 to schedule a treatment consultation.[/fusion_text][/one_full]