Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff — From Published at August 31, 2011 Views 1,796 Likes 1

You're likely to start by seeing your primary care provider, but you may be referred to a physician who specializes in headache (neurologist).

Because appointments can be brief, and because there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to be well-prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.

What you can do

Write down symptoms you're experiencing, even if they seem unrelated to your migraines.
Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking. It is particularly important to list all medications that you have used to treat your headaches. Include the dosages of the medications.
Take a family member or friend along, if possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to soak up all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time together. List your questions from most important to least important, in case time runs out. For migraine headaches, some basic questions to ask your doctor include: …

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