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Full Question: What are the names of migraine tests? Where are they available? How can I make sure that I am a migraine patient? Thanks, Tanmin.
There are no diagnostic tests to confirm Migraine disease. Sometimes, doctors will order imaging studies such as an MRI or CT scan to rule out other issues such as stroke or aneurysm.
Since there are no diagnostic tests to confirm Migraine, doctors diagnose Migraine by reviewing the patient's personal and family medical history, reviewing their symptoms, performing a thorough neurological exam, and ruling out other conditions that could be causing their symptoms.
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One of the biggest issues facing Migraineurs is the misconceptions and general lack of understanding from other people. Too many people still think that Migraines are "just bad headaches," that a couple of Tylenol will take care of them, that they're harmless. I just read a SharePost by one of our members who was commenting on the lack of knowledge even among medical professionals. One thing that struck me was that she referred to her Migraines as "headaches." I admit that the phrase "Migraine headache" pushes my buttons, and I'll tell you why. First, Migraines aren't actually headaches. They're flare-ups, attacks, or episodes of a genetic neurological disease, Migraine disease. Some people have Migraine attacks without any headache. The headache, when there is one, is but one symptom of a Migraine attack, just as the nausea, phonophobia, photophobia, confusion, and so on are symptoms. Second, calling a Migraine attack a "headache" doesn't do anything to dispel the mi...
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