These three tests can help you communicate the severity of your headache pain to your doctor and/or help you identify a migraine.
HIT stands for Headache Impact Test. This tool helps patients communicate the severity of their headache pain to their healthcare provider. It helps to:
- Determine the impact headaches have on the patient’s life
- Better communicate the information to the healthcare provider
- Track the patient’s headache history and the effectiveness of therapy over time
MIDAS stands for Migraine Disability Assessment Questionnaire. This tool was developed to measure headache-related disability in three areas:
- Paid work and education (school/college)
- Household work
- Family, social and leisure activities
By measuring the number of days missed in these activity areas due to migraine, the MIDAS tool can “improve migraine care by getting treatment right the first time a patient consults” with his or her healthcare provider.
The MIDAS score provides insight into the medical needs of patients and helps the healthcare provider to determine the appropriate treatment at the first consultation.
- Has a headache limited your activities for a day or more in the last three months?
- Are you nauseated or sick to your stomach when you have a headache?
- Does light bother you when you have a headache?
Answering “yes” to two out of three of these simple questions effectively identifies migraine sufferers.