Prepare for your visit. Be organized, specific, direct, and ready to talk details.
Have reasonable expectations about treatment. Be patient and give treatment time to work. Be flexible and prepared to modify your treatment, as necessary.
Be honest about all medications you take and any other medical conditions you have. Tell your doctor about all your current therapies, including prescription, over-the-counter, and natural remedies. Focus on finding the best treatment options by working with your health care provider to find solutions.
Ask for detailed instructions for taking medication, and follow them.
Follow up regularly with your health care provider. Seeing your doctor on a regular basis helps you develop a relationship that can improve the treatment process. “Your treatment program will be only as good as the time you invest,” Dr. Diamond says. Schedule a follow-up appointment as you conclude each doctor visit, making sure you have enough time to evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment.
Migraine & Headaches Treatment
To help diagnose a migraine, your doctor may ask you when your headaches occur, how long they last, and what they feel like. Learn more about treatment for migraine and headaches ›
How Well Are You Managing Your Migraines?
Have two or more migraines a month that keep you from your work or activities for three or more days per month
Have migraines that don't respond to other medications or you can't take other medications for acute treatment
Use a drug such as a triptan or ergotamine more than twice a week to stop migraines
Have migraines with prolonged aura
Have been diagnosed with a severe type of migraine, such as a hemiplegic migraine
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