Patients who come to the Headache Program are diagnosed using a thorough assessment of current symptoms and their medical history. In order to make the correct diagnosis, the caregiver may ask the patient about the initial onset of symptoms, previous treatment regimens for headaches, and current and past medications. It is also important to establish a history of triggers that have initiated the onset of headaches in the past, as well as detailed symptoms experienced before, during, and after headaches.
If the patient has had imaging studies or other tests at other healthcare facilities, these reports should be presented at the clinical visit to complete the detailed assessment. If additional imaging tests are deemed necessary, these can be completed at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Imaging Institute.
Treatment of headache
Headache treatment depends on the type of headache diagnosed, the cause of headache, and how often it occurs. The headache specialist develops a treatment plan to meet each patient’s specific needs. This may include further diagnostic testing, medication, behavioral modification, and/or keeping a diet and sleep history to help determine how lifestyle factors may be adjusted to reduce headaches.
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