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Depending on a patient’s headache history, physicians might need to determine if the headache is primary or secondary and decide if further testing is necessary. Our experts put together resources to help you identify red flags in headache medicine, concerning changes in headache history and more.

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Changes in Headache History: When to be Concerned

Headache disorders can be a difficult health issue to address. They can be further complicated, however, by changes in headache or symptoms. Brian Plato, DO, FAHS, explains which changes in headache history are cause for concern and how PCPs can help.

News & Articles

Updated Guidelines for Neuroimaging in Migraine | American Headache Society

Randolph Evans, MD, FAHS spoke to us about the significance of the recently updated guidelines for neuroimaging in migraine for patients with headache.Read More

Red Flags in Headache History | American Headache Society

Changes in headache should be of concern to medical professionals. Learn more about what red flags in headache history providers should look for.Read More

Migraine and Brain Lesions: Q&A With Dr. Peter Goadsby | AHS

Patients with migraine are often concerned that the disorder will lead to permanent damage. This fear is exacerbated when a brain scan shows lesions. Dr. Peter Goadsby explains why this fear is unfounded.Read More

Patient Resources

What Type of Headache Do You Have? | The American Migraine Foundation

Use our guide to help narrow down the most common types of migraine to find out what kind of headache you have. Read More

Changes in Headache Symptoms: When to be Concerned | AMF

Changes in your headache symptoms may possibly indicate complications. Find out what symptoms to watch for and when to see a doctor.Read More

MRI for Kids: When is Brain Imaging Necessary? | AMF

When is an MRI necessary for kids with headaches? Dr. Meghan S. Candee offers insights on how to discuss imaging for children to parents.Read More

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