How is a migraine diagnosed?

Migraines are diagnosed by talking to your physician about your symptoms, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS).

Your physician will be able to review your symptoms, family history, medical history, and maybe conduct some medical tests – including blood work, an MRI, and a CAT scan – to decide if your symptoms line up with migraine symptoms, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAFP).

A physical exam will also likely be part of diagnosing your migraine, according to the AAFP.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how migraines are diagnosed.

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