At times when you have really painful, debilitating headaches that make you vomit and feel real sick, you just want to hide in a quite and dark room waiting for the pain to go away. There’s a big chance you are into migraines. Best thing here to managing your health is to be properly diagnosed by a migraine specialist.
The first step should always be your regular doctor. One out of every eight people suffers from migraines, so chances are good that your doctor has seen someone who has migraines before. If your regular doctor does not feel qualified to properly diagnose the source of your headaches or discounts your pain, it may be time for a migraine specialist.
Ask your doctor for a referral to a headache – or migraine specialist. If they do not know anyone, check with your insurance company to see if they have any specialists listed. If that doesn’t work (or even if it does), contact your local medical board. You can also try one of the major headache organizations for professionals, not patients, and ask for the name of three or four specialists in your area.
Check with friends and family. The odds are good you know someone with migraines and they may just have a migraine specialist they love. Another good place to ask for a referral is at a local teaching hospital or university.
When you have a few names, call and find out more about the doctor. Some good screening questions to ask the doctor are:
- * How long have you been a migraine specialist in headache treatment and how often do you treat headache and migraine patients?
- * Are you certified in your specialty (for doctors in the U.S. and Canada)?
- * Do you belong to any headache-oriented professional organizations?
- * Do you participate in any kind of continuing education program to stay apprised of the latest research on headache diagnosis and treatment?