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How is chronic migraine diagnosed?

Sarah Rathsack

Migraine Patient Leader

Patient Leader, Sarah Rathsack, walks us through what to expect after a chronic migraine diagnosis.

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Sarah: Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m a migraine Patient Leader. I’m responding to the question, “How is chronic migraine diagnosed?”

Chronic migraine is defined as fifteen or more headache days a month with more than eight being migraine.  Remember, migraine is more than just a headache! It’s nausea, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, vomiting and more. If these symptoms have occurred for longer than three months, it’s time to seek help.  If your general practitioner can’t help you, find a neurologist or headache specialist who is additionally trained in headache disorders and migraine. There is no official test to diagnose migraine. An in-depth medical history is taken and tests are given to rule out other causes. Additional tests may be a blood test, urinalysis, CT scan, sinus x-ray, and more. If you experience migraine 1 or 30 days a month, it’s too many. Find a doctor, seek diagnosis, find treatment, and live a better life.

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