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Migraine – Preparing for your Appointment

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When you visit your doctor for your appointment regarding your migraine/headache, you need to be well-prepared and know what things to bring along and what questions to ask your doctor regarding your condition. Here are some of the things you can bring along with you to help your doctor accurately sort out your problem and provide you with the best possible treatment for your condition.

You can bring these with you to your appointment:

  • Your Past Medical Records
  • A diary or journal recording your migraine attacks and your headaches – Keeping a diligent monitoring of your migraine and headache attacks will help your doctor come up with the right diagnosis and will fully answer some of the pertinent questions he will ask you about your condition. You can make a migraine or headache diary by either writing down all information about your headache/migraine on a small notebook or encode them on a computer.
  • Your own Medical History and your Family Medical History – These medical records can make the doctor aware if your migraine problem is genetically acquired particularly if you have already been diagnosed with migraine. Some members of your family may also be presently suffering from migraines which they might misconstrue as sinus headaches or headaches due to a cold.
  • A list recording your questions, comments and symptoms – This is to ensure that you don’t forget them during your appointment. You can submit this list to your doctor or just read the information if the doctor asks you questions whose answers are included in the list

Questions to Ask your Doctor

  • Do you have a diagnosis for my migraine/ headache?
  • What part of my lifestyle do I need to change to help me prevent these migraines/headaches?
  • What are things that trigger my migraines/headaches?
  • If I am diagnosed with migraine, will I be given preventive medicines if my episodes occur frequently?
  • What type of medicine should I use? Is it prescribed or over-the-counter?
  • How does this medicine work?
  • If you prescribe more than one drug, what drug should be taken when and in what order?
  • Are there side effects with these medicines? What are they?
  • Can these drugs potentially cause rebound headache? If yes, what can I take instead?
  • If these drugs cause nausea, what anti-nausea medicine should I take?
  • If these medicines do not work, should I undergo diagnostic exams like MRI or CT scan?
  • Do you recommend a magnesium supplement? If yes, what kind of magnesium and how many doses should I take? Do you recommend mineral or vitamin supplements as well?
  • Do you also recommend herbal medications?
  • Do you recommend Coenzyme Q10 for headache/migraine? How much amount?
  • Do you recommend biofeedback, massage or acupuncture as complementary therapies?

The doctor in turn will most likely ask you questions as well. Some of the important questions he may ask can include:

  • When was the first time you noticed your symptoms?
  • Have they been intermittent or continuous?
  • Are you your symptoms severe?
  • What things cause your symptoms to improve?
  • What things cause your symptoms to worsen?

While waiting for the day of your appointment you need to make and keep the aforementioned diary or journal. You need to make note of the foods you ate 24 hours before a migraine episode, the things you’ve been doing and how you’ve felt during the attack.

Fully rest your body in preparation for your appointment. Avoid stress and get enough sleep to make your body relaxed prior and during your doctor’s appointment.

Written by Valerie

September 20th, 2013 at 6:00 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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