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Determining if an aura is present: If you experience an aura before your headaches, this may be a sign you experience migraine headaches.
Ordering lab blood tests: To rule out other potential causes for your headache, lab testing of your blood will show your doctor if there are any other concerns, such as infection.
Asking you to complete a migraine questionnaire: Doctors may ask you to complete a standardized questionnaire about your symptoms and medical history that can give more insight.
Not every headache requires medication. A range of treatments is available. Depending on your headache type, frequency and cause, treatment options include:
Stress management for headache
Stress management teaches you ways to cope with stressful situations. Relaxation techniques help manage stress. You use deep breathing, muscle relaxation, mental images and music to ease your tension.
Biofeedback for headache
Biofeedback teaches you to recognize when tension is building in your body. You learn how your body responds to stressful situations and ways to settle it down. They monitor your involuntary physical responses to headaches, which include increases in: