What to ask your doctor

Consider asking your provider some or all of these questions during your visit.

  • How can I tell if the headache I am having is dangerous?
  • What are the symptoms of a tension headache? A migraine headache? A cluster headache?
  • What medical problems can cause headaches? What tests do I need?
  • What changes in my lifestyle may help my headaches?
  • Are there foods that make my headaches worse that I should stay away from?
  • Are there medicines that may be causing my headaches?
  • Will alcohol or cigarette smoking make my headaches worse?
  • Will exercise help my headaches?
  • What are the pain medicines that can be used for headaches?
  • Will taking too many pain medicines make my headaches worse?
  • What are the side effects of these medicines?
  • Will any of these medicines make me sleepy or confused?
  • What should I do when I feel a headache beginning?
  • Are there medicines I can take that will stop the headache?
  • What can I do when I have headaches at work?
  • Are there medicines that I can take that will make my headaches come less often?
  • What can I do about nausea or vomiting with my headaches?
  • Are there any herbs or supplements that I can take that will help? How do I know if they are safe?

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