Your doctor will diagnose a by examining you and asking questions about your health and lifestyle. There are no tests that can prove that you have migraines.
Migraines can be hard to diagnose, because their symptoms are like those of other types of headaches. For example, many people have been diagnosed with sinus headaches when they actually have migraines.
It's likely that you are having migraine headaches if they happen often and interfere with your daily life.
Symptoms used in diagnosis
Your doctor may use the International Headache Society's guidelines to diagnose migraines. You may be diagnosed if ALL of these are true:
- You have 5 or more headaches without an (or 2 headaches with an aura).
- The headaches last from 4 to 72 hours without treatment.
- You have nausea, you vomit, or your headache gets worse when you're around light or noise.
Tests you might have
Your doctor will check your symptoms and decide if you need to have tests to find out if your headaches are caused by another health problem. Tests may include: