Headache is one of the main reasons people are referred to a neurologist. Seeing a neurologist for headaches may seem extreme but when you are experiencing this level of discomfort and it becomes debilitating, it makes sense to look into causes and investigate further.
You should see a headache neurologist in London or your local area if headaches are beginning to disrupt your daily life or are unbearably painful. Headaches can be quite complex and can be a symptom of a more serious condition. In many instances they can be treated easily and are not a huge concern. However, they can be serious and should not be ignored. Headaches can be associated with sleep disorders, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. Specialist treatment from a headache neurologist can help to treat the pain and minimise the impact headaches have on a patient’s life.
Diagnosing Headache Pain
When you visit a headache neurologist you may find they need specific information to fully ascertain the reason and cause of your headaches. You may need to provide information regarding:
- The time and occurrence of the headaches
- How is the pain relieved (if there is any relief)
- Do sound, light or noise have an impact on the pain
- Does quality of sleep have an impact on the pain
- Is there a connection to your menstrual cycle (for women)
- Food and drink eaten during/around the headache
- Previous diagnoses and treatments for headache pain
The neurologist will also look at your medical and family history. They may organise further tests before making a diagnosis or planning treatment. Diagnostic tests may include neurological and physical exams as well as blood tests, urinalysis, imaging testing such as CT scans and also EEG testing. Dependent on your specialist you may find further tests are carried out too.
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