The effective treatment of headaches partly rests on its definitive diagnosis. Your doctor at any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the one in Los Angeles, will use the following three diagnostic tools to determine the type of headache in your case. The L.A. clinic is accessible to patients from the Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, South Gate, Lynwood, Montebello, Monterey Park, and Alhambra areas.
- Patient history
This is your medical history, family history for headaches, and symptoms including frequency, duration and intensity, and apparent triggers. Your doctor may set aside 30-60 minutes discussing these matters. Every detail can matter in arriving at a definitive diagnosis.
Keep a journal of your headaches – describing when, why, and how they occur. You must take note of your medication history, and your personal and professional lives as these possibly affect and are affected by your headaches, and other important information.
- Physical examination
After your doctor has taken your patient history, you will then be physically examined.
The tests may include laboratory tests including blood, urine and stool tests, which can pinpoint specific underlying health issues resulting in your headaches. You should bring in the results of these laboratory tests to your next doctor’s appointment. You may also be asked to visit your dentist for a neuromuscular dental evaluation and treatment.
- Imaging tests
You may undergo one of these tests: MRI, CT scan, electro-encephalogram (EEG), and PET scan. When your doctor has pinpointed the exact type of your headache, you can both discuss the best treatment plan for pain relief.
Chronic, severe, or recurring headaches should not be dismissed. Visit any of our Healthpointe clinics, such as the one at Temecula, which is near Murrieta, Fallbrook, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, and Sun City, today.
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