Headache Diagnosis

To date, there are no available diagnostic tests to diagnose migraine, tension-type or cluster headache. A specific headache evaluation is needed by a healthcare provider familiar with the headache problems. This evaluation will include a history, physical examination, and possible appropriate testing to exclude underlying diseases as a cause of the headache.

Getting the correct diagnosis will improve your headache management! Use the headache calendar on the NHF website to track information about your headaches before you see your doctor. Prepare for the visit ahead of time by writing down all your medications, medical history and any questions you would like to ask.

The National Headache Foundation does maintain a listing of healthcare provider members in your state who are interested in the diagnosis and treatment of headache.