9/3/07 #3 - Daughter diagnosed with Migraine without MRI?

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    I took my daughter to the doctor because she is having headaches daily. He said she is having migraines but did not do an MRI. I am very upset because I feel they have the resources to make sure there is not a serious underlying problem. Do you feel a MRI is warranted?







    Unless there are unusual symptoms or circumstances, an MRI is usually not ordered to diagnose Migraine disease. It has become standard practice to diagnose based on family history, symptoms, and a basic neurological examination. An MRI or other imaging studies are sometimes ordered later if the patient doesn't respond to Migraine treatment. You should express your concern to your daughter's doctor, and let him or her explain the diagnosis to you. If you're still uncomfortable, you can request an MRI.

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Published On: September 03, 2007