It is estimated that 40 million people in the U.S. suffer with migraine, yet fewer than 40% have sought a doctor's care. Migraine headaches are characterized by their symptoms, and doctors usually ask these questions to determine if your headaches are migraines.
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, your headache may be a migraine. To find out for sure, write down your symptoms and talk to your doctor.
- Is the pain intense and throbbing, usually on one side of your head?
- Are your headaches accompanied by nausea or vomiting?
- Do you notice sensitivity to bright light?
- Are you especially sensitive to loud noises and some odors?
- Is your ability to work, study, or be with others diminished?