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May
03

Headache Assessments

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“Every head has its own headache,” according to an Arab proverb.  One way or another, all of us have our share of “headaches” in life, some of us figuratively and some of us literally.  Those who experience recurrent headaches know that pain and stress are connected.  If it isn’t stress that caused your headache, then certainly your headache will cause some stress.

Headache Assessments can Clarify the Problem

When dealing with recurrent pain, we want to know what to do about it and how to prevent it.  But before we can get the answer to that question, we have to clarify the problem.  There are many types of headaches… tension, migraine, cluster, sinus, caffeine, dehydration, etc.  Each type requires different strategies.  Here are three headache assessments that can help you to narrow things down:

1. First, from the Real Age Headache Center:

For personalized advice on headaches and migraines, choose one of the four free health assessments today. You’ll find out:

  • Whether your head pain is a migraine or another kind of headache
  • How to prevent and take care of head pain at home
  • Whether you should see a doctor
  • Which and when medications might be right for you

See Real Age headache assessments here

2. Second, from the Discovery Health Headache Center:

What Type of Headache Do You Have?
This self-assessment asks a series of questions to help you determine the type of headache from which you suffer. Each headache type responds best to a different treatment.

  • Do you have pain or tightness in your neck and shoulders with your headaches?

See Discovery Center headache assessment here

3. Third, from the American Headache Society:

If you know that you get migraines, this migraine disability assessment test helps to assess how much of an impact they have on your functioning.

The MIDAS (migraine disability assessment) questionnaire was put together to help you measure the impact your headaches have on your life over the last 3 months and to communicate this more effectively. The best way to this is by counting the numbers of days of your life which are affected by Headaches. You can do this for yourself as follows:

Please complete Questions about ALL your headaches you have had over the last month.  See MIDAS questionnaire here.

Having a couple of assessments to compare will help you to get a clearer picture of what symptoms to look for in determining what type of headaches you get.  There are many more out there that you can find by doing a search for headache assessments.  I hope that this information will also help you in communicating with your doctor and in finding further information on coping with your headaches.

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