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Depending on a patient’s headache history, physicians might need to determine if the headache is primary or secondary and decide if further testing is necessary. Our experts put together resources to help you identify red flags in headache medicine, concerning changes in headache history and more.

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Changes in Headache History: When to be Concerned

Headache disorders can be a difficult health issue to address. They can be further complicated, however, by changes in headache or symptoms. Brian Plato, DO, FAHS, explains which changes in headache history are cause for concern and how PCPs can help.

News & Articles

Updated Guidelines for Neuroimaging in Migraine

Researchers update evidence-based recommendations about when to obtain neuroimaging in patients with migraine.  In DecemberRead More

Red Flags in Headache History

Brian Plato, DO, FAHS, talks about when healthcare professionals should be concerned about a secondaryRead More

Migraine and Brain Lesions: Q&A With Dr. Peter Goadsby

Patients with migraine are often concerned that the disorder will lead to permanent damage. ThisRead More

Patient Resources

What Type of Headache Do You Have? | American Migraine Foundation

Use our guide to help narrow down the most common types of migraine to find out what kind of headache you have. Read More

Changes in Headache Symptoms: When to be Concerned | AMF

Changes in your headache symptoms may possibly indicate complications. Find out what symptoms to watch for and when to see a doctor.Read More

MRI for Kids: When is Brain Imaging Necessary? | AMF

When is an MRI necessary for kids with headaches? Dr. Meghan S. Candee offers insights on how to discuss imaging for children to parents.Read More

What to Expect From a First-Time Visit to a Headache Specialist

If you've never been to a headache specialist before, read our checklist to prepare for your visit and get the right treatment.Read More

What Causes Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

While lifestyle and medical factors that affect migraine differ for everyone, addressing them can impact how you feel. These tools can help you manage them.Read More

Why Do I Have Migraine? | American Migraine Foundation

Dr. Andrew Hershey outlines migraine’s contributing factors and what you can do to prevent a migraine attack.Read More

How to Establish a Relationship with Your Healthcare Professional

Dawn Buse, PhD, FAHS, discusses how patients can establish a strong doctor-patient relationship with their health care provider.Read More

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